Poetry Prize Maístjarnan Shortlist

Maístjarnan is a literary prize given to poetry books published in Iceland. The award, now in its fourth year, is hosted by the Icelandic Writers' Union and the National and University Library of Iceland. 

Five books of poetry have been shortlisted for the prize, which will be handed out later in May. 

Shortlisted books

The following books are nominated for Maístjarnan 2020:

Jónas Reynir Gunnarsson – Þvottadagur. Publisher: Páskaeyjan.

Kristín Eiríksdóttir – Kærastinn er rjóður. Publisher: JPV

Sigurlín Bjarney Gísladóttir – Undrarýmið. Publisher: Mál og menning.

Þórður Sævar Jónsson – Vellankatla. Publisher: Partus.

Þór Stefánsson – Uppreisnir. Publisher: Oddur.

The shortlisted books are all on display at the ground floor of the National and University Library of Iceland. 

Maístjarnan - May-Star

All poetry books published in Iceland in 2019 and handed in to the National Library of Iceland were elegible for the prize. A two person panel selected the five books, Guðrún Steinþórsdóttir on behalf of the Writers' Union and Arnaldur Sigurðsson on behalf of the National Library.

The final prize will be handed out at the National Library of Iceland later in May. The award prize is 350.000 ISK.

The poetry prize Maístjarnan is the only literary prize in Iceland focusing only on published books of poetry. The aim is to cast a light on this flourishing genre in Iceland.