The Hague, 12 November – The ECI Literature Prize for the best literary work in the Dutch language published in the past year has gone to Het hout by Jeroen Brouwers. As well as a prize of 50,000 euros, Brouwers was also presented with the award statue.

“The ECI Literature Prize is awarded to an exceptional book. With Het hout by Jeroen Brouwers, which deals with repression and sexual abuse at a Catholic boys’ boarding school, we have chosen mastery, stylistic brilliance, suspense and salvation,” says jury chair Andrée van Es.

Owing to the absence of Jeroen Brouwers, his editor Anita Roeland accepted the ECI Literature Prize from the chair of the jury on his behalf during the opening evening of the Crossing Border festival in the Koninklijke Schouwburg in The Hague, which had been especially dedicated to this event. The announcement of the winner was broadcast live on the current affairs programme Nieuwsuur.

With the stipend of 50,000 euros, made available by the online bookshop ECI, the Stichting Jaarlijkse Literatuurprijs voor Fictie en Non-fictie (Annual Literature Prize for Fiction and Non-fiction Foundation) wants to enable the winner to devote himself fully to writing the next book for an entire year.

Last year, Stefan Hertmans won the prize with his book Oorlog en terpentijn.

Shortlist 2015 
This year, the Shortlist for the ECI Literature Prize consisted of the following works:

1. Jeroen Brouwers – Het hout, Atlas | Contact
2. Stephan Enter – Compassie, Van Oorschot
3. Mark Schaevers – Orgelman, De Bezige Bij
4. Inge Schilperoord – Muidhond, Podium
5. P.F. Thomése – De onderwaterzwemmer, Atlas | Contact
6. Annelies Verbeke – Dertig dagen, De Geus

The ECI Literature Prize
The ECI Literature Prize is the award for the best literary work in the Dutch language in the categories of fiction and non-fiction. The ECI Literature Prize, which consists of a sum of €50,000 and the ECI Literature Prize statue, is awarded annually by a jury of critics from the Netherlands and Flanders. The book must have been published between 1 July in the year in which the prize is awarded and 1 July of the previous year. The ECI Literature Prize is the successor to the AKO Literature Prize, which was awarded for the first time in 1987. The prize is under the auspices of the Stichting Jaarlijkse Literatuurprijs voor Fictie en Non-fictie (Annual Literature Prize for Fiction and Non-fiction Foundation). This foundation is chaired by Winnie Sorgdrager.

The jury
The jury of the ECI Literature Prize 2015 consisted of:

• Andrée van Es, former Amsterdam alderman and now chair of the Dutch UNESCO committee;
• Wim Brands, reporter and creator of the TV programme Boeken;
• Karl van den Broeck, journalist and editor-in-chief of Apache.be;
• Sofie Gielis, prose critic at the Standaard der Letteren and teacher;
• Danielle Serdijn, critic at the Volkskrant and teacher;
• Joost de Vries, editor at Groene Amsterdammer.

Partnership
ECI and the Stichting Jaarlijkse Literature Prize voor Fictie en Non-fictie share the same conviction: literature stands for well-told stories that deserve to be read. They bring relaxation, enjoyment, enrichment and provide more insight into ourselves and the people around us.
The aim of this partnership is to bring the nominated books and the winning book to the attention of as wide a public as possible.

About the Stichting Jaarlijkse Literature Prize voor Fictie en Non-fictie
The aim of the Stichting Jaarlijkse Literatuurprijs voor Fictie en Non-fictie (Annual Literature Prize for Fiction and Non-fiction Foundation) is to encourage literature in the Dutch language by awarding an annual Literature Prize. Winnie Sorgdrager, a member of the Dutch Council of State, is chair of the Foundation.

About ECI
ECI was founded in 1967 to stimulate reading in the Netherlands. The company was restarted in 2014 with the help of Novamedia – the company behind the Dutch Postcode Lottery, FriendsLottery and BankGiro Lottery. ECI works according to the conviction that reading books enriches, links and helps to make the world a more beautiful place. Since 2014, ECI has been transformed into the leading online bookshop where everyone can buy an individual book. ECI employs true book-lovers who, together with genre specialists, help readers to find their next favourite book. Moreover, loyal customers are rewarded with a 20% discount.