Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award is a Danish international literary prize. The purpose is to celebrate Andersen's influence on writers throughout the world by selecting award winners, whose writings can be linked to Andersen's name and authorship through genre similarities or storyteller-artistic qualities.
The selected writers will be "in swan height with Hans Christian Andersen. "
The prize was established by Hans Christian Andersen's Literature Committee and consists of a bronze sculpture "The Ugly Duckling" by Danish sculptor Stine Ring Hansen, a diploma "The Beauty of the Swan”, and 500.000 Danish Kroner.
In 2010, the prize was given to the British author J.K. Rowling who has created the world famous Harry Potter fairytales and she got in that occasion a plakette with her name put up in Hans Christian Andersen Museum’s Hall of Fame at Odense.