List of richest literary prizes

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Announcement of the Laureate of the Nobel Prize in Literature, the world's richest literary prize, at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm (2008)

Many literary awards attract a significant remuneration as part of their prize. This is a list of active literary awards from around the world with remunerations valued at least US$100,000, or equivalent.

Inclusion criteria

  • The award is active and is primarily focused on writing and the arts.
  • The remuneration 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 award type (book or author).
  • The listed remuneration is for a single winner or co-winners. The list does not aggregate the total value of runners-up and other prizes within the same award. For example, the Prime Minister's Literary Awards is listed as A$100,000 even though it is composed of four prizes totaling A$400,000.

Prizes

Equivalent in US$
(April 2016)
Prize amount Prize name Type Host country Primary language Notes Ref(s)
1,361,000 DH 5,000,000 Million's Poet N/A UAE Arabic Award for a single poem. Total prizes for 2nd to 5th positions are $2,723,000 [1]
990,000 kr 8,000,000 Nobel Prize in Literature Author Sweden Any There are five Nobel Prizes of 8 million kronor each. Reduced in 2012 from 10 million. [2][3]
680,000 601,000 Premio Planeta de Novela (winner) Book Spain Spanish See also runner-up of same prize. [4]
618,000 kr 5,000,000 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award Author Sweden Any [5]
307,000 kr 2,500,000 International Ibsen Award Author* Norway Any Any drama and theater position eligible, not just writers. [6]
300,000 US$300,000 The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize Author* United States English Open to all arts, not just writers. [7]
260,000 US$260,000 Katara Prize for Arabic Novel Book Qatar Arabic Plus 4 winners of $60,000 and 5 of $30,000. Total prize pool is $650,000 [8]
250,000 US$250,000 Carlos Fuentes International Prize for Literary Creation in the Spanish Language Author Mexico Spanish [9]
226,000 200,000 Prix mondial Cino Del Duca Author France Any
212,000 DH 777,777 Sheikh Zayed Book Award Book United Arab Emirates Arabic 9 awards for a total of AD7,000,000 [10]
200,000 US$200,000 Saudi King Abdullah International Award for Translation Author Saudi Arabia Arabic 5 awards of 200,000 each (1 million total) [11]
175,000 US$175,000 Alfaguara Prize Book Spain Spanish [12]
170,000 150,000 Premio Planeta de Novela (runner-up) Book Spain Spanish See also winner of same prize. [4]
153,000 kr. 1,000,000 Sonning Prize Author* Denmark Any Open to all arts not just writers. [13]
150,000 US$150,000 Windham–Campbell Literature Prizes Book United States English Composed of seven to nine awards of $150,000 each. [14][15]
150,000 US$150,000 Lannan Literary Awards Author United States English Composed of three awards of $150,000 each. Prize amount last verified for 2007. [16]
150,000 US$150,000 FIL Literature Award Author Mexico Spanish [17]
142,000 125,000 Miguel de Cervantes Prize Author Spain Spanish [18]
142,000 125,000 RBA International Prize for Crime Writing Book Spain Any [19]
136,000 120,000 Premio de Novela Fernando Lara Book Spain Spanish [20]
114,000 100,000 Rómulo Gallegos Prize Book Venezuela Spanish [21]
114,000 100,000 Premio Primavera de Novela Book Spain Spanish [22]
114,000 100,000 International Dublin Literary Award Book Ireland English [23]
114,000 100,000 Premio Novela Histórica Alfonso X El Sabio Book Spain Spanish [24]
114,000 100,000 Camões Prize Author Portugal
Brazil
Portuguese [25]
114,000 100,000 Prémio Leya Book Portugal Portuguese [26][27][28]
100,000 US$100,000 Premio de Traducción Literaria Tomás Segovia Author Mexico Spanish Translator award [29]
100,000 US$100,000 Nigeria Prize for Literature Book Nigeria English [30][31]
100,000 US$100,000 Pritzker Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing Author United States English [32]
100,000 US$100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize Author United States English [33][34]
100,000 US$100,000 Wallace Stevens Award Author United States English [35]
100,000 US$100,000 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature Book United States English [36]
100,000 US$100,000 The Kingsley and Kate Tufts Poetry Awards Author United States English [37]
100,000 US$100,000 Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Awards Author United Arab Emirates Arabic Composed of five awards of $100,000 each. [38]
100,000 US$100,000 Park Kyong-ni Prize Author South Korea Any [39]
95,000 A$125,000 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Book Australia English $25,000 winner in each category + $100,000 for overall winner. [40]
93,000 ¥10,000,000 Yokomizo Seishi Prize Book Japan Japanese [41]
76,000 kr. 500,000 Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award Author Denmark Any [42][43]
75,000 US$75,000 Cundill Prize Book Canada English [44]
73,000 £50,000 Man Booker International Prize Book United Kingdom English [45]
Key
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  • Author*: Award is not literary-specific but has some literary winners.
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The following awards have a superlative claim within certain defined categories, as described and sourced in the Notes column.

Equivalent in US$
(April 2016)
Prize amount Prize name Type Host country Primary language Claim
617,000 kr 5,000,000 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award Children's literature Sweden Any The richest children's literature prize in the world.[46]
141,000 125,000 RBA International Prize for Crime Writing Crime fiction Spain Any "The world's most lucrative crime fiction prize." [19]
40,000 C$50,000 Montreal International Poetry Prize Poetry Canada Any Thought to be the world's richest award for a single-poem.[47]
44,000 £30,000 Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award Short story United Kingdom English "The world's richest short story prize" (single short story).[48]
57,000 50,000 Premio de Narrativa Breve Ribera del Duero Short story collection Spain Spanish "the largest in the world for a competition of this kind".[49]

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  4. ^ a b "Javier Moro Wins Spain's Planeta Prize". Latin American Herald Tribune. Retrieved October 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Dutch author Guus Kuijer wins Astrid Lindgren memorial award", Alison Flood, The Guardian, 20 March 2012. Quote: "... the world's richest children's books prize, the Astrid Lindgren memorial award."
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  7. ^ Daniel Wakin (September 7, 2011). "Trisha Brown Wins Gish Prize". New York Times. Retrieved September 30, 2012. 
  8. ^ Mlynxqualey (May 21, 2015). "Qatar's New $650K Arabic Novel Prize Gets Relatively Quiet Launch". Arabic Literature (in English). Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
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  12. ^ Juan Gabriel Vásquez ganó el premio Alfaguara de novela Archived 2014-04-19 at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ "Sonning Prize at the University of Copenhagen". University of Copenhagen. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
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  20. ^ "Premio de Novela Fernando Lara". PlanetadeLibros. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
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  22. ^ "Premio Primavera de Novela website". PlanetadeLibros. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Dutch writer wins world's biggest literature prize". DutchNews.nl. 18 June 2010. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  24. ^ "Premio Novela Histórica Alfonso X El Sabio". PlanetadeLibros. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Literature: Brazilian author Dalton Trevisan awarded "Camões Prize" – Portugal". Portuguese American Journal. 22 May 2012. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
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  27. ^ "Nuno Camarneiro vence Prémio LeYa" (in Portuguese). JL, Jornal de Letras, Artes e Ideias. 17 December 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  28. ^ "Gabriela Ruivo Trindade vence Prémio LeYa" (in Portuguese). Leya News. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  29. ^ "Mexico creates prize to honor literary translators". Fox News. August 23, 2012. Retrieved August 23, 2012. 
  30. ^ The Nigeria Prize for Literature Competition, official website.
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  38. ^ Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Award for Scientific and Cultural Achievement Archived 2012-05-07 at the Wayback Machine., award criteria for Scientific and Cultural Achievement
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  41. ^ "Japanese Literary Awards". Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  42. ^ "JK Rowling wins Hans Christian Andersen literature award". The Guardian. 20 October 2010. Retrieved September 30, 3012.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  43. ^ "Harry Potter author JK Rowling wins Hans Christian Andersen award". The Telegraph. 19 Oct 2010. Retrieved September 30, 3012.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  44. ^ Charles, Ron (2014-10-23). "Finalists for Canada's $75,000 Cundill Prize in Historical Literature". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-05-31. 
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  46. ^ Claire Armitstead (29 March 2011). "Shaun Tan wins Astrid Lindgren prize". The Guardian. Retrieved September 29, 2012. 
  47. ^ Jeff Heinrich (March 31, 2011). "Your key to winning $50,000? Pure poetry". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved April 7, 2011. We realized that there's nothing on that scale for just one poem. And so there was an opportunity there. And when we started to think of it globally, that’s when we realized how unique it could be. 
  48. ^ Staff writer (19 February 2012). "OMG: Text speak short story in running for £30,000 prize". The Telegraph. Retrieved January 22, 2013. 
  49. ^ "Call For Award". riberadelduero.es. July 25, 2014. Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
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