Each country sets up a jury reflecting the national peculiarities of the book industry.
EWC, EIBF and FEP coordinate the jury organisation and selection procedures in the participating countries. Jury members are appointed by EIBF, EWC and FEP Members.
Juries are chaired by a President in charge of delivering a jury report to the consortium.
At the beginning of the selection procedure, a kick-off meeting takes place in Brussels involving jury coordinators and representatives of the consortium and of the European Commission to explain the different steps of the process.
National juries are composed by a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 members.
Jury reports are delivered in the national language, and translated when possible to English or French. They justify the jury’s choice and provide relevant information on the winner’s work and biography.
The winning authors are selected by qualified juries set up in each of the countries participating in the award.
The emerging authors are selected on the basis of criteria stipulated by the European Commission and fulfill in particular the following requirements:
- The author must be a citizen one of the 12 selected countries.
- The author should have published between 2 and 4 contemporary fiction books.
- The winning book must not exceed the maximum number of 4 translations.
- The winning books must be the latest work of the author, must have been published in the last 18 months and must still be commercially available.