Bernstein Prize

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Bernstein Prize
Awarded forAwarded for literary works of young Hebrew writer
Presented byThe Bernstein Foundation, managed by the Book Publishers Association of Israel
First awarded1978; 45 years ago (1978)

The Bernstein Prize is an annual Israeli literary award for writers 50 years of age and younger. The prize is awarded by the Bernstein Foundation, named after Mordechai Bernstein, who left money in his estate to establish a foundation in order to encourage young Hebrew writers.[1] The foundation is managed by Book Publishers Association of Israel.[2]

The prize has been awarded since 1978 to writers in following four categories:

  • Original Hebrew-language novel (presented every year - 50,000 shekel prize).[1][3]
  • Book of original Hebrew-language poetry (presented every two years - 25,000 shekel prize).[3]
  • Original Hebrew-language play (presented every two years - 25,000 shekel prize).[3]
  • Literary criticism (presented every two years - 15,000 shekel prize).[2]

For each category there are separate professional committees to determine the winners.

The prize awards are the second largest prize purses in literature in Israel, exceeded only by the Sapir Prize.[2]

Recent Winners[edit]


  1. ^ a b Matalon and Stav win Bernstein Prize The Jerusalem Post, 16 July 2009
  2. ^ a b c d Forget Sapir. Give her the Bernstein Haaretz, 16 July 2009
  3. ^ a b c Bernstein Prize (in Hebrew) Archived 2016-06-02 at the Wayback Machine Hebrew Writers Association website
  4. ^ Haaretz
  5. ^ Sela, Maya (24 October 2013). "'Courageous' novel set in West Bank outpost wins Israeli literary award Israeli author Assaf Gavron wins prestigious Bernstein Prize for writers under 50, for his novel "The Hilltop."". Haaretz. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  6. ^ Benaim, Rachel (December 2015). "The Mizrahim Are Finding Their Voice". The Tower Magazine. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  7. ^ "Officials ban book depicting love story between Israeli and Palestinian from Israeli classrooms". The Telegraph. December 31, 2015. Retrieved 2016-01-07.

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