Even more prize money 

In addition to the BookSpot Literature Prize, BookSpot will become the title sponsor of the Gouden Strop (Golden Noose) and Schaduwprijs (Shadow Award). BookSpot will be raising the prize money by awarding €1,000 to the BookSpot Gouden Strop nominees and the winner’s prize will be doubled from €10,000 to €20,000. And the prize money for the winner of the BookSpot Schaduwprijs will be doubled from €1,000 to €2,000.

The BookSpot Gouden Strop and the BookSpot Schaduwprijs
The BookSpot Gouden Strop is the annual award for the best crime novel in the Dutch language. The BookSpot Schaduwprijs is awarded to the best original thriller debut in the Dutch language. Crime novels are incredibly important when it comes to stimulating readership as they are the most widely read genre in the Netherlands by far. In the run-up to the summer holiday period, crime novels account for 37% of total turnover generated by fiction sales.
(source: KVB‑SMB/GfK)

Stimulating reading: start of the Spannende Boeken Weken
BookSpot, until recently known as eci, will be joining forces with the Gouden Strop Foundation and the CPNB to stimulate reading among as many people as possible and to support crime novels written in Dutch. Because crime novels are popular across a broad public, the genre is perfectly suited for the encouragement of reading. Announcing the winners of the BookSpot Gouden Strop and the BookSpot Schaduwprijs serves as the starting point for the Spannende Boeken Weken (Crime Novel Weeks). 

Charles den Tex, chairman of the Gouden Strop Foundation: “BookSpot enhances the Gouden Strop! Raising the prize money reflects an enormous appreciation for the Dutch thriller. It shows that we have every confidence in the future.”

Peter Römer, chairman of the Genootschap van Nederlandse Misdaadauteurs (Dutch Crime Writers’ Association): “The Gouden Strop was first awarded in 1986 to the author of the scariest thriller. An essential award that stimulates reading crime novels as well as supporting writers in this brilliant genre. We’re therefore very pleased with BookSpot, because together we can attract more attention for the nominees and winning books, and make the prizes more relevant.”

Annette Reijersen van Buuren (Manager Brand Marketing & Communication), CPNB: “We’re thrilled about BookSpot’s sponsorship. By initiating various campaigns including the Crime Novel Weeks, we aim to promote reading books and attract children and adults to the bookstore and library. We therefore adopted the Gouden Strop several years ago, in part because it ties in perfectly with our mission and what’s more, it really marks the start of our Crime Novel Weeks. We’re also extremely pleased that we’ve succeeded in finding a great sponsor to elevate the award to a higher level.”