The Halldór Laxness Literature Prize

Bókmenntaverðlaun Halldórs Laxness

The publishing company Vaka-Helgafell (now an imprint of Forlagið) founded the prize in 1995, in cooperation with Laxness' family. The main purpose of the prize is to support Icelandic prose fiction. The prize is handed out in the fall and Vaka-Helgafell publishes the novel at the same time, as the award is linked to a competition where writers send in unpublished manuscripts for novels and short story collections. The prize however hasn't been given out since 2004.

2004

Gerður Kristný: Bátur með segli og allt (A Boat with a Sail and All)

2002

Ari Trausti Guðmundsson: Vegalínur (Road-Lines)

2001

Bjarni Bjarnason: Mannætukonan og maður hennar (The Cannibal Woman and Her Man)

2000

Gyrðir Elíasson: Gula húsið (The Yellow House)

1999

Award not given that year

1998

Sindri Freysson: Augun í bænum (The Town Has Eyes)

1997

Eyvindur Eiríksson: Landið handan fjarskans (The Land Ahead of the Distance)

1996

Skúli Björn Gunnarsson: Lífsklukkan tifar : smásögur (Ticking of the Life-Clock : short stories)

1995

Award not given that year