International Pont Prize for Promising Literary Artist 2021

The City of Koper, ZRS Koper and Beletrina publishing house awarded the second Euro-Mediterranean Literary Prize for outstanding literary achievements aimed at crossing borders and finding bridges between different social groups, cultural and religious communities.

The first PONT Prize was awarded in 2018 to the late Bosnian-Slovenian poet Josip Osti. On Friday, 24 September, at a press conference at the Pretoria Palace in Koper, it was announced that the secind PONT Prize, which is awarded to an established literary artist for his, her or its literary work, will be awarded to the German poet, essayist and translator Jan Wagner.

Vesna Mikolič said that this time, for the first time, the Pont prize will also be awarded to a promising literary artist, a literary translator and a renowned expert, a specialist in the field of language and literature. They were awarded to the poet Nina Medved for the “existential depth and Renaissance span” of her work, to the Italian translator and literary historian Dr Patrizio Rigobon and the translator and literary scholar Dr Barbara Pregelj.

The Pont Prizes also include a residency at the Kocjancic House in Kubedo, Slovenia, where the prizewinners spend a month, creatively living and co-creating cultural life in the greater Koper area.