Get ready to type--the deadline for next year’s national literature prize is 30 June 2017.
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Euro School teacher wins literary prize
European School of Luxembourg alumni James Leader has won the National Literature Prize for his young adult novel “The Venus Zone”.
James Leader, who is now back at the European School of Luxembourg as a teacher, has been awarded 5,000 euros and the honour of winning the Concours littéraire national 2016. He shares the prize with Bernd Marcel Gonner, whose German-language novel “Pirat, oder Seeräuber sterben nie” (pirates never die) won the prize for best children’s story.
The jury praised Leader’s coming-of-age novel for combining a mystery plot with a love story. The plot of “The Venus Zone” centres on Thibault, a youngster who becomes involved in an anticapitalistic campaign run by his uncles and a girl named Venus. The jury’s citation reads: “The novel provides critical insight into the globalised world of finance. Psychologically plausible characters are developed in a fluent contemporary language with vivid and humorous dialogues, embedded in a captivating story. A real page turner for young adults!”
The prize will be awarded at a ceremony at the Centre national de littérature in Mersch on 7 December. The Concours littéraire national is open to Luxembourg residents who have written works of literature in Luxembourgish French, German or English.
Each year the prize is given to works in a different genre. The 2017 prize will be given to the best collection of short stories/memoirs. The rules and regulations can be found (in French) here.