The European Utopiales Award is a literary prize created in 2007 for the 8th edition of Utopiales, the International Science Fiction Festival of Nantes, with the support of the Regional Council of the Pays de la Loire.
The prize rewards a novel or a collection of “literature of the imagination” published in French during the literary season that precedes (June to May) and whose author is European. The prize is worth 3,000 euros. Since 2011, a second prize rewards a novel for youth.
The shortlist for the 2018 Prix Utopiales Award has been announced.
“L’Or du diable” ( Teufelsgold, 2016/Devil’s Gold) – Andreas Eschbach (Germany)
“Espace lointain” (Tolima erdve, 2008/Distant Space) – Jaroslav Melnik (Ukraine/Lithuania)
“L’âme des horloges” (The Bone Clocks, 2014) – David Mitchell (UK)
“Station: La chute” (Crashing Heaven, 2015) – Al Robertson (UK)
“Amatka” (2012) – Karin Tidbeck (Sweden)
The winner of the Utopiales prize will be selected by jury and announced at the Nantes International Science Fiction Festival, to be held October 31 – November 5, 2018 in at the Nantes Convention Center in Nantes, France.
The shortlist for the 2018 Prix Utopiales Jeunesse (Utopiales Youth Award) has been announced:
“The Rain” (2014) – Virginia Bergin (UK)
“Les Puissants”, vol. 1: Esclaves” (Gilded Cage, ) – Vic James (UK)
“Nouvelle Sparte” (New Sparta) – Erik L’Homme (France)
“Star Trip” – Éric Senabre (France)
“Le Mort du Temps” (Time’s Death) – Aurélie Wellenstein (France)
The winner of the Utopiales “Youth Prize” will be selected by jury and announced at the Nantes International Science Fiction Festival, to be held October 31 – November 5, 2018.
For more information, see the Utopiales website.
Utopiales is an international science fiction festival (the biggest European SF Festival), created by Bruno della Chiesa at Futuroscope in Poitiers (France) in 1998.
The original name of the festival, “Utopia” , was suggested by Christian Grenier in 1997.
Renamed “Utopiales” in 2001, the festival takes place at the Cité des Congrès de Nantes since the year 2000 (usually five days in early November). Presided by the writer Pierre Bordage from 2001 to 2011, it is currently the astrophysicist Roland Lehoucq who is in charge.
Both a mass-market event and a gathering of professionals, “Utopiales” is considered the most important science fiction event at the European level and the world’s second-largest science fiction event.