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A total of 282 candidates from 71 countries are in the running for 2022. The award was founded to honour the memory of Astrid Lindgren.
A total of 282 candidates from 71 countries are in the running for 2022. The award was founded to honour the memory of Astrid Lindgren.

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Nominees for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2022

Today, the candidate’s list for the 2022 award was made public on alma.se/en. A total of 282 candidates from 71 countries are in the running for the world’s largest children’s literature award (SEK 5m, EUR 462,000). The list is one of the most comprehensive collections of the world's foremost living story makers and reading promoters. The announcement will take place in Stockholm on March 22, 2022.

See all nominated candidates on the award’s website (link)

The candidate’s list consists of authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and reading promoters from several continents. For those who want to keep up to date with children's and YA literature in the world, the list is invaluable. It also includes people working with reading promotion activities, something that fulfils a crucial function in stimulating young people's desire to read.

The jury's task until the announcement is to evaluate the candidates' work and nominate the next laureate.

“Children and young people need access to literature that puts the world in perspective. The candidate list has a fantastic breadth, quality and diversity”, says jury Chair Boel Westin.

“The works of the candidates contain wonderful adventures and everyday observations full of emotion and psychological insight, brilliant visual art and humorous masterpieces”, says jury member and author Mårten Sandén.

Facts and figures about the nominees
The nominations include 282 candidates from 71 countries, of whom 72 are new to the list. The number of candidates is increasing every year, most of the percentage increase in the last 5 years are candidates from non-European countries (in 2016 a total of 215 candidates from 59 countries were nominated). A total of 256 international nomination organisations were invited to propose candidates, of whom 138 submitted candidates for the 2022 award.

The candidates' geographical spread for the 2022 award:


Africa

18

6 %

Asia

57

20 %

Europe

161

57 %

South America

18

7 %

North America

23

8 %

Oceania

5

2 %

For further information about this year’s nominees and the work of the jury, please contact:

Mariella Kucer, Communication Officer
Phone: +46765401017
Email: mariella.kucer@alma.se

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The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award was created in 2002 by the Swedish government to promote every child’s right to great stories. This global award is given annually to a person or organisation for their outstanding contribution to children’s and young adult literature. With a prize of five million Swedish kronor, it is the largest award of its kind. Above all else, it highlights the importance of reading, today and for future generations.

The award is administrated by the Swedish Arts Council.

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The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award was created in 2002 by the Swedish government to promote every child’s right to great stories. This global award is given annually to a person or organisation for their outstanding contribution to children’s and young adult literature. With a prize of five million Swedish kronor, it is the largest award of its kind. Above all else, it highlights the importance of reading, today and for future generations. Administrated by the Swedish Arts Council.

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