'Bedbugs' by Martina Vidaić among the European Union Prize for Literature 2023 nominees


Croatian author Martina Vidaić, and her novel Bedbugs, is one of the 13 nominees for the European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) 2023! 

EUPL recognises emerging fiction writers from the European Union and beyond – 41 countries participating in the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. Across a cycle of three years, the Prize celebrates 41 outstanding new literary talents, and the 2023 EUPL Prize winner (along with the five special mentions, as recognized by the jury) will be revealed on 28th April, during the announcement ceremony at the Leipzig Book Fair. 

Vidaić’s Bedbugs have been published in 2021 by Naklada Ljevak and shortlisted for the Fric Award, awarded annually for the Best Prose Fiction written in the Croatian, Bosnian, Serbian, or Montenegrin language.

Marina Vidaić, foto: (c) Adrijana Vidić

Here is the full list of this year’s EUPL nominees

Armenia: Lusine Kharatyan, ՍԻՐԻԱՎԵՊ (A Syrian Affair), Publisher: Granish 
Croatia: Martina Vidaić, Stjenice (Bedbugs), Publisher: Naklada Ljevak
Cyprus: Χάρη Ν. Σπανού (Hari N. Spanou), Φυλάκιο (The Outlook), Publisher: Εκδόσεις Αιγαίον (Aegan Publications)
Czechia: Ondřej Štindl, Tolik popela (So Much Ash), Publisher: Argo
Estonia: Tõnis Tootsen, Ahvide pasteet. Ühe ahvi mälestusi ja mõtteid (Pâté of the Apes: One Primate’s Thoughts and Memories), Publisher: Kaarnakivi Seltsi Kirjastus
Finland: Iida Rauma, Hävitys (Destruction), Publisher: Siltala Publishing
France: Maud Simonnot, L’heure des oiseaux (The Hour of Birds), Publisher: Editions de l’Observatoire
Kosovo: Ag Apolloni, Kësulëkuqja, përrallë për të rritur (Little Red Riding Hood, a tale for adults), Publisher : Bard Books
Liechtenstein: Anna Ospelt, Fruhe pflanzung (Early Planting), Publisher: Limmat
Luxembourg: Jeff Schinker, Ma vie sous les tentes (My life in tents), Publisher: Hydre Éditions
Montenegro: Ilija Đurović, Sampas, Publisher: Treći Trg
Poland: Sabina Jakubowska, Akuszerki (The Midwives), Publisher: Grupa Wydawnicza Relacja
Sweden: Marit Kapla, Kärlek på svenska (Love in Swedish), Publisher: Teg Publishing

The EUPL is organised by a Consortium of associations comprising the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) and the European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF), with the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.