The ECI Literature Prize for the best literary work in the Dutch language published in the past year has gone to Rivieren by Martin Michael Driessen. As well as a prize of €50,000, Driessen was also presented with the award statue and the Readers’ Award of €10,000.

"It’s a book of subdued grandeur, with beautifully descriptive passages and an indefinable menace, and at the same time, a benevolent timelessness,” says jury chairperson Louise O. Fresco.
 
Martin Michael Driessen was presented with the ECI Literature Prize by the chairperson of the jury at a literary evening especially devoted to the event at the Theater aan het Spui in The Hague. The announcement of the winner was broadcast live on the current affairs programme Nieuwsuur.
 
With the stipend of €50,000 made available by the online bookstore 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, the prize was won by Jeroen Brouwers with his book Het hout.
 
Earlier in the evening, Martin Michael Driessen also won the Readers’ Prize of the 2016 ECI Literature Prize with Rivieren. The Readers’ Prize of €10,000 was this year presented for the first time by Peter Vandermeersch, editor-in-chief of the newspaper NRC and chair of the Readers’ Jury.

The ECI Literature Prize
The ECI Literature Prize is awarded to 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 statuette, is awarded annually by a jury of critics from the Netherlands and Flanders. Books 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.
 
About the Stichting Jaarlijkse Literatuurprijs 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 promote the enjoyment of reading. The Foundation is chaired by Winnie Sorgdrager, a member of the Dutch Council of State.
 
About ECI
ECI was founded in 1967 to stimulate reading in the Netherlands. The company was restarted in 2014 with the help of Novamedia. ECI works according to the conviction that reading books enriches, connects 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 books easily and without obligations. ECI employs true book-lovers who, together with specialists, help readers to find their next favourite book. Moreover, loyal customers are rewarded with a 20% discount.