The Award

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).


Award Winners

The award will first be presented in 2020.

The Board and the Jury

During the first term of office (2019–2024) the implementation of the Cankar Award will be managed by the Board composed of four members – representatives of the co-founding institutions.