Nominations open for Latvian, Estonian language promotion award

Ilze Tālberga
Ilze Tālberga Source: Kairit Leibold

The ministries of foreign affairs of Latvia and Estonia have announced the contest for the 12th Latvian and Estonian Language Promotion Award, known as the Languages Award.

The award recognizes excellence and achievement related to individual contributions and accomplishments in the promotion of the Latvian language in Estonia and the Estonian language in Latvia. The winner will receive €3,000 and will be announced by the foreign ministers of Estonia and Latvia later this year.

People, institutions, projects, translations or research can be nominated for the award. Nominations can be submitted until April 6.

The jury includes representatives from the Latvian and Estonian Ministries of Foreign Affairs and language and literature experts from both countries.

The award has been previously granted to Maima Grinberga (2009, 2012), Guntars Godins (2010, 2013, 2018), Kalev Kalkun (2011), Margus Konnula alias Contra (2014), Valts Ernstreits (2015), Livia Viitol (2016), Ruta Karma (2017) and Ilze Talberga (2019).

An application form and CV can be submitted by email to [email protected] or by post to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islandi väljak 1, 15049 Tallinn with reference to "Languages Award".


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