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The Neustadt International Prize for Literature is a biennial award sponsored by the University of Oklahoma and World Literature Today.
The Prize consists of $50,000, a replica of an eagle feather cast in silver, and a certificate. A generous endowment from the Neustadt family of Ardmore, Oklahoma, and Dallas, Texas, ensures the award in perpetuity.
The prize was established in 1969 as the Books Abroad International Prize for Literature, then renamed the Books Abroad / Neustadt Prize before assuming its present name in 1976, The Neustadt International Prize for Literature. It is the first international literary award of this scope to originate in the United States and is one of the very few international prizes for which poets, novelists, and playwrights are equally eligible.
Visit our website www.neustadtprize.org to learn more about the prize and stay up-to-date on all thes latest in regards to laureates, convening juries, the annual literary festival, and recent news.
Visit our Neustadt Laureates page to see all previous winners, finalists, and jurors for the Neustadt International Prize for Literature.
A new international jury of outstanding writers is selected to decide the winner of each Neustadt Prize in odd-numbered years. The members of the jury are determined by the executive director of World Literature Today (who is the only permanent member) in consultation with the journal’s editors and the president of the University of Oklahoma. Each juror nominates one author for the prize. The jurors convene for two to three days at the University of Oklahoma for their deliberations, and the winner is announced at the banquet honoring the laureate of the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature. A special ceremony in the laureate’s honor is then held the following year, and the writer’s life and work are subsequently profiled in a special issue of WLT.
The charter of the Neustadt Prize stipulates that the award be given in recognition of outstanding achievement in poetry, fiction, or drama and that it be conferred solely on the basis of literary merit. Any living author writing in any language is eligible, provided only that at least a representative portion of his or her work is available in English, the language used during the jury deliberations. The prize may serve to crown a lifetime's achievement or to direct attention to an important body of work that is still developing. (The prize is not open to application.)
One indication of the prestige of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature is its record of 30 laureates, finalists, or jurors who in the past 42 years have been awarded Nobel Prizes following their involvement with the Neustadt Prize, with only one exception: José Saramago (Portugal), who was a Nobel Prize recipient before being considered for the Neustadt.
Neustadt-Nobel Prize Convergences, 1970-2017
|PRIZE YEAR||LAUREATE||NEUSTADT ROLE|
|1970 Nobel Prize in Literature||Alexander Solzhenitzyn||1970 Neustadt Finalist|
|1971 Nobel Prize in Literature||Pablo Neruda||1970 Neustadt Finalist|
|1972 Nobel Prize in Literature||Heinrich Böll||1970 Neustadt Juror|
|1974 Nobel Prize in Literature||Eyvind Johnson (co-recipient)||1974 Neustadt Finalist|
|1975 Nobel Prize in Literature||Eugenio Montale||1970 Neustadt Finalist|
|1979 Nobel Prize in Literature||Odysseus Elytis||1972 Neustadt Juror|
|1980 Nobel Prize in Literature||Czesław Miłosz||1978 Neustadt Laureate,
1999 Puterbaugh Fellow
|1981 Nobel Prize in Literature||Elias Canetti||1978 Neustadt Finalist|
|1982 Nobel Prize in Literature||Gabriel García Márquez||1972 Neustadt Laureate|
|1985 Nobel Prize in Literature||Claude Simon||1972 Neustadt Finalist|
|1986 Nobel Prize in Literature||Wole Soyinka||1974, 1976, 1986 Neustadt Finalist|
|1986 Nobel Peace Prize||Elie Wiesel||1984 Neustadt Juror|
|1987 Nobel Prize in Literature||Joseph Brodsky||1978 Neustadt Juror|
|1990 Nobel Prize in Literature||Octavio Paz||1982 Neustadt Laureate,
1971 Puterbaugh Fellow
|1991 Nobel Prize in Literature||Nadine Gordimer||1988 Neustadt Finalist|
|1992 Nobel Prize in Literature||Derek Walcott||1978 Neustadt Juror|
|1993 Nobel Prize in Literature||Toni Morrison||
1994 Neustadt Finalist
|1994 Nobel Prize in Literature||Kenzaburo Oe||1986, 1992 Neustadt Finalist,
2001 Puterbaugh Fellow
|1995 Nobel Prize in Literature||Seamus Heaney||1994 Neustadt Finalist|
|1998 Nobel Prize in Literature||José Saramago||2004 Neustadt Finalist|
|1999 Nobel Prize in Literature||Günter Grass||1980, 1986 Neustadt Finalist|
|2002 Nobel Prize in Literature||V. S. Naipaul||
1978, 1990, 2000 Neustadt Finalist
|2003 Nobel Prize in Literature||J. M. Coetzee||
1994 Neustadt Juror,
|2005 Nobel Prize in Literature||Harold Pinter||
1972 Neustadt Finalist
|2006 Nobel Prize in Literature||Orhan Pamuk||
2006 Neustadt Finalist
|2007 Nobel Prize in Literature||Doris Lessing||
1998 Neustadt Finalist
|2010 Nobel Prize in Literature||Mario Vargas Llosa||
1970 Neustadt Juror,
|2011 Nobel Prize in Literature||Tomas Tranströmer||
1990 Neustadt Laureate
|2012 Nobel Prize in Literature||Mo Yan||
1998 Neustadt Finalist
|2013 Nobel Prize in Literature||Alice Munro||
2006 Neustadt Finalist
|2015 Nobel Prize in Literature||Svetlana Alexievich||1994 Neustadt Finalist|
4 Neustadt Laureates
7 Neustadt Jurors
20 Neustadt Finalists
As of January 2015