Shpëtim Selmani, from Kosova, is one of the 13 promising young and promising European writers who received the European Union Prize for Literature 2020.
The aim of the European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) is to put the spotlight on the creativity and diverse wealth of Europe’s contemporary literature in the field of fiction, to promote the circulation of literature within Europe and to encourage greater interest in non-national literary works.
The works of the selected winners (one per country participating in the Prize on a rotation basis) will reach a wider and international audience, and touch readers beyond national and linguistic borders.
The Prize is financed by the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission, which aims to achieve three main goals: to promote cross-border mobility of those working in the cultural sector; to encourage the transnational circulation of cultural and artistic output; and to foster intercultural dialogue.
Shpëtim Selmani was born on 16 May 1986. He received a master’s degree from the Academy of Arts at the University of Prishtina. He acts in theatre performances in the country and internationally, and has received awards for his acting. He is a regular contributor to the alternative blog S’bunker. He was part of the ‘Crocodile’ literary residence in Belgrade, Serbia, in 2014, and 3 years later took part in the ‘Poeteka, Tirana in Between’ literary residence in Tirana, Albania. He participated in the Leipzig book fair in 2017. Shpëtim Selmani writes prose and poetry. He published the short story collection Hot-tempered Notes (Shënimet e një Grindaveci) in 2012 and a poetry collection Poetry in Times of Blood and Despair (Poezi në kohën e gjakut dhe zhgënjimit) in 2010 with a second edition in 2017, published by Multimedia in Prishtina, Kosova. His most recent novel Booklet of Love was published in 2019 by Armagedoni in Prishtina, and is being translated into Bulgarian. Its publication was supported by the Kosova Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth.