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Prix Hors Concours 2019
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Entering the final stretch for the 2019 Prix Hors Concours

Dedicated to contemporary French literature, the Prix Hors Concours announces its five finalists.

Updated on 29/01/2021

2 min

Jean-Luc André d'Asciano (Souviens-toi des monstres ”, Editions Aux Forges de Vulcain), Marianne Brun (Fondre, BSN Press Editions), Frédérique Germanaud (Journal Pauvre, La Clé à molette Editions), Isabelle Minière (Je suis né laid, Serge Safran Editions) and Irma Pelatan (L’Odeur du chlore, La Contre Allée Editions) are on the short list for the Prix Hors Concours, dedicated to independent, contemporary French literary creation.

For the past four years, the Prix Hors Concours, developed by the Académie Hors Concours in Paris, has offered a jury of book professionals and the general public throughout the French-speaking world the opportunity to select five extracts from a long list of 40 novels, before picking their favourite novel from among the five finalists.

This year, the prize continues its exploration of lively French-language literature which fosters dialogue between cultures. In 2019, 20 percent of the publishers’ long list was international.  

From July to October 2019, Culturethèque users are invited to read the excerpts available on the website and to vote online for the 2019 winner. The 2019 winner will be announced in December. The award-winning works will be distributed via Culturethèque.


To register and vote if you are a Culturetheque user

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Also read the portrait of Gaëlle Bohé, literary programmer and founding president of the Hors Concours literary prize

The Institut français and the project

The Institut français is a sponsor of the Académie Hors concours. The award-winning works will be distributed via Culturethèque.

L'institut français, LAB