The May 2007 edition of the International Organization of La Francophonie newsletter ( La Francophonie en brèves ) announced that 121 works were competing in the 2007 edition of the Prix des cinq continents de la Francophonie. The newsletter stated that 82 publishers from 12 countries had submitted novels written in French, by authors of 20 different nationalities. Four reading committees are currently working on preselecting 10 finalists for the award by the international jury presided over by Congolese writer Henri Lopes. The winner will be announced in October 2007 in Brussels.
The Prix des cinq continents was created by the International Organization of La Francophonie in 2001. It honors a novel that describes a specific cultural experience that enriches the French language. It is open to French-language authors at all points in their careers and promotes the expression of cultural and literary diversity of the French language on all five continents.