Though the Swedish Academy has cancelled the 2018 Novel Prize in Literature, it does not mean the Prize in Literature should be postponed too. According to The Guardian, a huge number of Swedish writers, actors, correspondents, librarians, and cultural influencers have co-launched a unit called “the New Academy” based on their strong belief that the “world’s greatest literature prize” should still be awarded.
A representative of the New Academy said:
In a time when human values are increasingly being called into question…Literature becomes an even more important counterforce to stop the culture of silence and oppression.
The nominees can be anyone from anywhere on Earth as long as s/he has told the story of “humans in the world.” There is no requirement of nationality for the candidates but s/he should publish at least two books in ten years. So far, some of the perennial Nobel contenders are included: Cormac McCarthy, Margaret Atwood, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Amos Oz, and Haruki Murakami. But we also see some new fresh faces like Sofi Oksanen, Olga Tokarczuk, and Nnedi Okorafor.
Different from the Swedish Academy, the membership for New Academy is temporary and the judging process will not be veiled. After the New Academy received the nominations, it will release the list to have the public vote for four writers. Then, the Academy will evaluate and choose the finalist. As the alternative institute for the Swedish Academy, the new one will be dismissed after the award ceremony in December.
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