Conrad Award to champion budding literary talent
PR dla Zagranicy
The city of Kraków is to fund an award for Polish literary debuts as part of the annual Conrad Festival.
The Conrad Award will be open to debut books published in the preceding year, and the deadline for submissions for the inaugural edition is 31 August.
Besides a statuette, winners will receive a cash prize of a minimum of PLN 30,000, as well as a one-month residency in Kraków.
The winner will be voted for by festival-goers themselves, rather than a jury.
The new award continues Kraków's drive to consolidate its literary image, having been declared a UNESCO City of Literature in 2013.
The Conrad Festival has been an annual feature of Kraków's cultural calendar since 2009, and it is organised by the Tygodnik Powszechny Foundation, together with the Kraków Festival Office.
Guests for the forthcoming edition include American novelist Jonathan Franzen and celebrated Iranian-American writer Hooman Majd.
The festival runs from 19 October to 25 October. (nh)