The Cankar Award, a tribute to the great Slovenian writer Ivan Cankar (1876–1918), is awarded annually for the best original literary work of the past year, published as an individual book in Slovenian language. The award-winning work can be from any area of Cankar’s creative opus (a poetry collection, a novel, a drama, a collection of short stories or essays).
The award was established in September 2019 by the Slovenian PEN Centre, the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SAZU), The University of Ljubljana, and the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU). It is awarded in spring – close to the artist’s birthday (May 10).
The donator of the Cankar Award is the Municipality of Vrhnika.