On 8 December 2021, the awards ceremony for the National Literary Competition 2021 took place at the National Literature Centre in the presence of the winners. Josée Hansen from the literature and publishing unit of the Ministry of Culture represented Sam Tanson, minister of Culture, who was unable to attend.
Literature, even if writing is a solitary activity, lives from sharing, and this evening, despite the complexity of organizing such an event in times of pandemic, is an opportunity to celebrate this exchange.
The winners of the National Literary Competition 2021, whose subject was children's and youth literature, are
- Verdruddelt Geschichten by Marc Weydert and Marie-Isabelle Callier, first prize in the category "children's literature" (readership up to 12 years), "adult authors";
- Wasser gegen Sturm - Die Kräfte der vier Elemente by Lena Differding, first prize in the category "children's literature" (readership up to 12 years), "young authors" (12-19 years);
- Dëst ass net däi Liewen by Claudine Muno, first prize in the category "youth literature" (readership from 13 years upward), "adult authors";
- Die Bibliothek der gescheiterten Schriftsteller by Eline Klaassen, first prize in the category "youth literature” (readership from 13 years upward), "young authors" (12-19 years);
The jury was composed of Claude Kremer (chairman), Anne-Marie Antony, Romain Sahr, Tamara Sondag and Jeff Thill.
Since 1978, the Ministry of Culture has been organizing an annual literary competition with the aim of encouraging literary creation in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Each year, the national literary competition awards writings in a different literary genre. Children's and youth literature was the theme of the 2021 edition.
A list of the winners of previous editions is consultable under the following link: https://www.autorenlexikon.lu/page/award/014/14/FRE/index.html.