The Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award celebrates Andersen’s influence on writers around the world. It honours writers whose genres or storytelling techniques embody the spirit of Andersen’s rich oeuvre.

This international Danish literary award recognises writers who agree with the little boy in Andersen’s tale, “The Elderberry-Tree Mother.” “Mother says that everything you look at can be turned into a story, and that you can make a tale of everything you touch.”

Past recipients include writers who revel in narrative. They write fairy tales and magic realism. They portray wonder and the immanence of fantasy. In life’s reverberations, they see a world permeated by the spiritual and the transcendent. As do the works of H.C. Andersen.

The award was first bestowed in 2007. It is now awarded every two years. Recipients include Paulo Coelho, J.K. Rowling, Isabel Allende, Sir Salman Rushdie, and Haruki Murakami.

Recipients receive a bronze sculpture, “The Ugly Duckling,” by Danish sculptor Stine Ring Hansen; a diploma, “The Beauty of the Swan”; and 500,000. Danish kroner.


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Paulo Coelho Paulo Coelho received an “Honorary Award” from the city of Odense in 2007 and became the first recipient of an ...
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