Fjöruverðlaunin, the Icelandic Women's Literature Prize

2007

Fjöruverðlaunin, the Icelandic Women's Literature Prize handed out for the first time. They have since become an annual prize, given in three categories, for fiction, non-fiction and for a book for children or young people. In 2014, the Mayor of Reykjavík - a UNESCO City of Literature - became the patron of the prize.

A grassroots group of women within the Writers' Union and Hagþenkir (Non-Fiction Writers' Association) founded the awards. Among the reasons for setting up a specific prize for literature by women was the unequal gender balance within the Icelandic Literature Prize as in the years 1989 - 2011 36 male writers and 11 female ones won that prize. 

These books won the Icelandic Women's Literature Prize in 2007:

Kristín Steinsdóttir – Á eigin vegum 

Sigríður Dúna Kristmundsdóttir – Ólafía. Ævisaga Ólafíu Jóhannsdóttur

Héléne Magnússon – Rósaleppaprjón í nýju ljósi

Þorgerður Jörundsdóttir – Mitt er betra en þitt

Anna Cynthia Leplar og Margrét Tryggvadóttir – Skoðum myndlist