The winner of the 2014 Prix Utopiales Jeunesse will be announced this weekend at Utopiales, the Nantes International Festival of Science Fiction in France. The award recognizes European authors of “the genre called ‘literature of the imagination.’”
The shortlist was selected by a committee consisting of a librarian, a bookseller, and a translator. The winner will be picked by a jury of 13-to-15-year-olds, Emilie Auffret, Barbara Chotard, Ronan Nourrisson, Emma Poignan-Choemet, Eliott Pratz, Paola Raoul and Doman Tavernier.
The name of the award is translated by one writer as “European Youth Prize,” but it seems to be an award for juvenile fiction, similar to the YA category.
The finalists are:
- Bazmaru et la fille du vent de Maëlle Fierpied, L’école des loisirs, 11/13
- Les substituts de Johan Heliot, Seuil, 04/14
- Dresseur de fantômes de Camille Brissot, L’Atalante, 05/14
- La symphonie des abysses Livre 1 de Carina Rozenfeld, Robert Laffont, 02/14
- Pixel noir de Jeanne-A Debats, Syros, 03/14
- Automne de Jan Henrik Nielsen (traduit par Aude Pasquier), Albin Michel, 01/14