About the Award
On January 14th, 2010, the Council of the Capital City of Warsaw established the Ryszard Kapuściński Award for literary reportage.
Photo by Ryszard Kapuściński
The Award is a form of distinction and promotion of the most worthwhile reportage books which touch on important contemporary issues, evoke reflection, and deepen our knowledge of the world of other cultures. The Award is intended to pay posthumous homage to Ryszard Kapuściński - eminent reporter, journalist, publicist and poet and, apart from Stanisław Lem, the most translated Polish author, who spent over 60 years of his life in Warsaw.
The Award will also serve to promote Warsaw, as Kapuściński, whose name is known all over the world, may be considered an informal ambassador of the City. Additionally, its aim is to propagate reading among the residents of Warsaw, raise interest in the nominated books and popularize the literary oeuvre of the patron of the Award.
The Award will take the form of a monetary prize (50,000 PLN gross) for the author of the best literary reportage, and a monetary prize (15,000 PLN gross) for the author of the best Polish translation of a literary reportage, along with diplomas and photographs by Ryszard Kapuściński, presented to all finalists. The laureate’s name will be announced in May during a special gala (in the case of the first edition, the exact date was May 16th, 2010).
The Award is accompanied by an educational action aiming at propagating Ryszard Kapuściński’s creative work among school children in Warsaw and making him an inspiration for their own work.
The City's partner in organizing the Competition is the Warsaw edition of "Gazeta Wyborcza" daily.
The honorary patron of The Award is Mrs Alicja Kapuścińska.
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