Selection committee names 5 writers who will receive state salary (1)

Mihkel Mutt (Postimees/Scanpix)
12/9/2015 10:16 AM
Category: Culture

A selection committee has announced the names of the five writers who will be paid an average gross salary of 1,005 euros per month by the government from 2016-2018. The lucky five were chosen from 54 applicants.

The five writers are:

Maarja Kangro

Indrek Koff

Mihkel Mutt

Jürgen Rooste

Tõnu Õnnepalu

“The committee could have easily chosen 10 or even 20 writers, but we hope to get there in a few years, the first step has been taken,” Karl Martin Sinijärv, head of the Estonian Writers' Union, said.

“Writers generally have a very good idea of what they are going to write over the next few years, so it wasn't a difficult choice to make. If the salary helps the works they are thinking of materialize, it's very good,” Sinijärv explained.

The choice of writers was made by a seven member committee.

In October, the Ministry of Culture launched the project that sees carefully selected writers and artists paid a salary for three years, so they could focus on their work and not worry about how to make ends meet. Unlike grants, a salary offers recipients social guarantees.

The ministry has allocated 160,000 euros for the project from next year's budget.

M. Oll

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