Sapir Prize 2022: Prize Fund Increased, Application Deadline May 29

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 Sapir Prize 2022: prize pool increased, application deadline – until May 29

“Mifal HaPais” encourages publishers and writers to apply for the 2022 Sapir Prize for Literature. This year, the prize fund has been replenished with 200,000 shekels, which will be added to the prizes for the best book of the year and the debut of the year, as well as for passing into the “long” and “short” lists.
180 thousand shekels (last year – 150 thousand), and his book will be translated and published in Arabic and other foreign languages ​​at the choice of the winner.
Winner in the nomination “Debut of the Year” will receive a prize of 75 thousand shekels. Longlist nominees (12 authors) will receive 30,000 each (instead of 20,000 last year), shortlist nominees (5 authors) – 60,000 each (instead of 40,000).
The award was founded in 2000 to encourage literary creativity in Hebrew and the culture of reading.
Nominations for the Sapir Prize for Literature can be made by filling out the electronic form on the website www.pais.co.il by May 29.
The application may indicate a literary work, both published through a publisher, including digital, and self-published. Application is also possible for works by Israeli writers written in the original in a foreign language within the past five years and published in Hebrew translation during the past year.
This year's award jury is headed by international journalist Oren Nahari. For 34 years, he has served as lead editor and commentator on Channel One and the news site Walla! During his career, he has traveled to many hotspots and covered events such as the Rwandan genocide, the first democratic elections in South Africa, the conflict in Cyprus, the Yugoslav wars, the September 11, 2011 attack, and others. Oren Nahari is a compiler and editor of several books, including historical and geographical atlases of the world.
Chairman of the Board of Mifal HaPais Avigdor Yitzhaki: “We are pleased to announce an increase in the prize fund of Israel's most important literary prize. We are proud to be part of the award, which over the years has become a prestigious and respected cultural institution in the country. “Mifal HaPais” will continue to support the award in the future, celebrating Hebrew literature, which is a cornerstone of Israeli culture.”
Prize Jury President Oren Nahari: Presidents of the United States, Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom, the Dalai Lama, statesmen, diplomats, scientists, artists, etc. Yet the most exciting conversations have been with intellectuals and writers. Umberto Eco, Neil Gaiman, Robert Harris, Vikram Chandra and many others — and, of course, their Israeli counterparts — these are the interlocutors who made me nervous before, during and after the conversation. These are people of a unique profession, they are the ones who opened the doors to the magical world for me since I started reading at the age of five. I am happy to take on this challenging mission – to be the chairman of the jury of the Sapir Prize.

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