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.”
OIF explains on its website that the competition is open to novels published between March 1, 2007, and March 1, 2008. It adds that entries must be submitted by publishers no later than March 31, 2008. Suggestions from authors, bookstores, literary critics, and lovers of French-language literature are welcome.
The 2008 contest is now underway:
All information required to submit an entry can be requested from OIF (see contact details below) or consulted online (downloadable files).
Finally, OIF notes that the results of the 2008 edition will be announced in the week of October 13, when the award will be conferred during the 12th Francophonie Summit of Heads of State and Government.
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