The contest for the Joint Award for the Promotion of the Latvian and Estonian Languages

Last years winner Ilze Tālberga, photo Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia

The Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Estonia have announced the contest for the Latvian and Estonian Language Promotion Award (Languages Award).

The aim of the Languages Award is to recognise excellence and achievement related to individual contributions and accomplishments in the promotion of the Latvian language in Estonia and the Estonian language in Latvia. The winner will be announced jointly by the foreign ministers of Estonia and Latvia.

In accordance with the Award Regulations, a translation, a piece of research, a language learning project (including a journalistic programme, article or broadcast on language promotion) in Estonia or in Latvia, a journalist and a language teacher or a higher education institution faculty member can be nominated for the Languages Award. Both persons and institutions can be nominated for the promotion of the Estonian and Latvian languages in 2020.

The Languages Award of €3 000 is issued annually, receiving equal contributions from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Estonia and Latvia. The jury of the Languages Award consists of representatives from the Latvian and Estonian Ministries of Foreign Affairs as well as language and literature experts from both countries.

The Languages Award will be awarded for the 12th time. The award has been previously granted for their contribution in the respective years to Maima Grīnberga (2009, 2012), Guntars Godiņš (2010, 2013, 2018), Kalev Kalkun (2011), Margus Konnula alias Contra (2014), Valts Ernštreits (2015), Livia Viitol (2016), Rūta Karma (2017) and Ilze Tālberga (2019).

The Language Award nominations for 2020 can be submitted until 6 April 2021.

The application form and the Curriculum Vitae of the nominee can be submitted by email to [email protected] or by post to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islandi väljak 1, 15049 Tallinn with reference to “Languages Award”.

More information:
Heilika Pikkov
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Culture Adviser, Communication Department
[email protected]
+372 56 912091