The Nobel Prize Returns!
Friday, March 8th, 2019
No Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded in 2018 after a scandal rocked the award's governing body, the Swedish Academy, and left it with too few members to even reestablish its ranks. Though an alternative prize was awarded by a temporary, unaffiliated organization dubbed "The New Academy," there was no initial word on what changes lay in store for the Nobel Prize for Literature. Now, after much deliberation and internal restructuring, the Swedish Academy is back, and with it the prospect of two new Nobel Laureates this year.
To improve transparency and reduce the risk of further scandal, the Academy has entirely restructured its policies. Some of these were laid out in a statement released earlier this week, including the addition of five external members who, for the next five years, "will add valuable new perspectives, will participate in the task of selecting Nobel Laureates. The new committee will submit its own joint proposal for a Nobel Laureate." The Academy also released plans for greater financial transparency, and for dealing with future situations which may lead to the expulsion of members.
With the Academy's internal issues apparently resolved, the Nobel Prize for Literature is scheduled to resume as usual, with winners for both 2018 and 2019 to be announced this October. These winners will join the ranks of the other 114 writers to have received the Nobel Prize for Literature. A selection of works by past winners is listed below.