The Nordic Council's Literature Prize is awarded for a work of literature written in one of the Nordic languages, that meets "high literary and artistic standards". Established in 1962, the prize is awarded every year, and is worth 350,000 Danish kroner (2008).
List of previous winners
My review of last year's winner, Per Petterson's I Curse The River Of Time. Generally speaking, I've been very impressed with the books they've chosen in recent years.
This year's nominees, announced a couple of minutes ago, are:
Peter Laugesen: Fotorama (poetry, Denmark)
Ida Jessen: B?rnene (novel, Denmark)
Sofi Oksanen: Puhdistus (novel, Finland)
Monika Fagerholm: Glitterscenen (novel, Finland)
Einar K?rason: Ofsi (novel, Iceland)
Steinar Bragi: Konur (novel, Iceland)
Karl Ove Knausg?rd: Min kamp I (novel, Norway)
Tomas Espedal: Imot kunsten (novel, Norway)
Steve Sem-Sandberg: De fattiga i Ł?dź (novel, Sweden)
Ann J?derlund: Vad hj?lper det en m?nniska om hon h?ller rent vatten ?ver sig i alla sina dagar (poetry, Sweden)