List of the world's richest literary prizes
This list of the world's richest literary prizes shows active literary awards from around the world with prize values over US$100,000 (or equivalent).
Criteria for inclusion:
Criteria for inclusion:
- The award is active.
- The prize is equal to or greater than US$100,000 or equivalent. Because fluctuating exchange rates move non-US dollar denominated awards in and out of the list over time, awards near this amount are also included.
- The award is for any genre of writing (fiction, journalism, etc) or type (book and author).
- The listed prize amount is for a single winner or co-winners. The list does not aggregate the total value of runner-ups and other prizes within the same award. For example the Prime Minister's Literary AwardsPrime Minister's Literary AwardsThe Australian Prime Minister's Literary Awards were announced at the end of 2007 by the incoming Rudd Ministry following the 2007 election. They are administered by the Minister for the Arts....
is listed as A$100,000 even though it is composed of four prizes totaling A$400,000.
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|Prize amount||Prize name||Type||Notes|
|1,566,199||Nobel Prize for Literature||Author||There are five Nobel Prizes of 10 million krona each.|
|850,000||Premio Planeta de Novela (winner)||Book||See also runner-up of same prize.|
|783,099||Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award
Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award
The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is an international children's literature award, established by the Swedish government in 2002 in honour of the Swedish children's books writer Astrid Lindgren...
|491,000||Premio de Novela Ciudad de Torrevieja
Premio de Novela Ciudad de Torrevieja
The Premio de Novela Ciudad de Torrevieja is a Spanish literary prize, awarded since 2001 by the publisher Plaza & Janés to an original unpublished novel written in Spanish...
|300,000||The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize
The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize
The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize or Gish Prize is given annually to “a man or woman who has made an outstanding contribution to the beauty of the world and to mankind’s enjoyment and understanding of life.” It is one of the richest prizes in the American arts, for example the 2010 winner received...
|Author||Open to all artists not only writers.|
|284,000||Premio Primavera de Novela||Book||http://www.planetadelibros.com/premios-premio-primavera-de-novela-17.html|
|273,000||Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature||Book||Prize split between author(s) and publisher.|
|250,000||Poplar Publishing Grand Prize for Fiction||Book||http://www.poplar.co.jp/taishou/index.htmlhttp://www.jlit.net/reference/awards/awards_n_to_z.html|
|222,222||Sheikh Zayed Book Award
Sheikh Zayed Book Award
The Sheikh Zayed Book Award is "one of the most prestigious and well-funded prizes in the Arab World." It is presented yearly to "Arab writers, intellectuals, publishers as well as young talent whose writings and translations of humanities have scholarly and objectively enriched Arab cultural,...
|Book||9 awards for a total of AD7,000,000|
|212,000||Premio Planeta de Novela (runner-up)||Book||See also winner of same prize.|
|200,000||Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award||Author|
|200,000||Premio Iberoamericano Planeta-Casa de América de Narrativa
Premio Iberoamericano Planeta-Casa de América de Narrativa
Premio Iberoamericano Planeta-Casa de América de Narrativa is a Latin American Spanish language literary award. The winner receives USD $200,000 making it one of the richest literary prizes in the world...
|180,000||Miguel de Cervantes Prize
Miguel de Cervantes Prize
The Miguel de Cervantes Prize , established in 1976, is awarded annually to honour the lifetime achievement of an outstanding writer in the Spanish language. The prize is similar to the Booker Prize, with its candidates from Commonwealth countries, in that it rewards authors from any...
|175,000||Premio Alfaguara de Novela
Premio Alfaguara de Novela
Premio Alfaguara de Novela is a Spanish-language literary award. The award is one of the most prestigious in the Spanish language. It includes a prize of $175,000 making it one of the richest literary prizes in the world. It is sponsored by Alfaguara, a publisher.The prize was created in 1965 by...
|170,000||Premio de Novela Fernando Lara||Book||http://www.planetadelibros.com/premios-premio-de-novela-fernando-lara-9.html|
|150,000||Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prizes||Book||Composed of seven to nine awards of $150,000 each.|
|150,000||Lannan Literary Awards
Lannan Literary Awards
The Lannan Literary Awards are a series of awards and literary fellowships given out in various fields by the Lannan Foundation. Established in 1989, the awards are meant "to honor both established and emerging writers whose work is of exceptional quality", according to the foundation...
|Author||Composed of three awards of $150,000 each.|
|144,000||International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award is an international literary award for a work of fiction, jointly sponsored by the city of Dublin, Ireland and the company IMPAC. At €100,000 it is one of the richest literary prizes in the world...
|144,000||Premio Novela Histórica Alfonso X El Sabio||Book||http://www.planetadelibros.com/premios-premio-novela-historica-alfonso-x-el-sabio-12.html|
|127,000||São Paulo Literary Award||Book||Two awards of R$200,000 each. http://publishnewsbrazil.com/2011/06/sao-paulo-literary-award-shortlist-announced/|
|125,000||Yokomizo Seishi Prize||Book||http://www.jlit.net/reference/awards/awards_n_to_z.html|
|106,000||Prime Minister's Literary Awards
Prime Minister's Literary Awards
The Australian Prime Minister's Literary Awards were announced at the end of 2007 by the incoming Rudd Ministry following the 2007 election. They are administered by the Minister for the Arts....
|Book||Composed of four awards of A$100,000 each.|
|100,000||Nigeria Prize for Literature||Book|
|100,000||Pritzker Military Library Literature Award
Pritzker Military Library Literature Award
Pritzker Military Library Literature Award is a literary award given annually by the Pritzker Military Library. It is a lifetime achievement award for military writing. The prize is valued at $100,000 making it one of the richest literary prizes in the world. The inaugural year was...
|100,000||Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize
Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize
The Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize is awarded annually by The Poetry Foundation; the Foundation also publishes Poetry. The Prize was established in 1986 by Ruth Lilly. The prize honors a living U.S. poet whose "lifetime accomplishments warrant extraordinary recognition"; its value is presently $100,000...
|100,000||Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature||Book|
|96,000||Man Booker International Prize
Man Booker International Prize
The Man Booker International Prize is a biennial international literary award given to a living author of any nationality for a body of work published in English or generally available in English translation....
|96,000||Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award
Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award
The Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award is a Danish literary award established in 2010. It is awarded to a living author whose work resembles Hans Christian Andersen. It is one of the bigger literary prizes with the winner receiving ....
|82,000||Man Booker Prize
Man Booker Prize
The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original full-length novel, written in the English language, by a citizen of the Commonwealth of Nations, Ireland, or Zimbabwe. The winner of the Man Booker Prize is generally assured of international renown and...
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