Albertine Prize 2018



Click here to find out which book won this year’s Albertine’s Prize!

The Albertine Prize recognizes American readers’ favorite work of contemporary Francophone fiction while encouraging the discovery of new literary voices, translated and published in the US in the past year. The selection presents a range of stories from many diverse locations and perspectives, reminding us of the importance of looking beyond one’s own borders.

What’s the program? One book a month.
We’ll introduce you to the best of contemporary French literature, one book at a time. One book a month for five months!

Don’t speak French? Not a problem.
You don’t need to know French to enjoy these books. The Albertine Prize shortlisted titles have been published in English within the past year.

Where to begin? Right here.
All of the books are available in the US at Albertine and online at Join the conversation using the hashtag #albertineprize and vote at

The best part? A Book Battle.
On April 10 at 7pm, we’ll host a Book Battle at Albertine Books. Five literary minds will defend their Albertine Prize favorite.

Don’t live in New York? That’s ok.
Follow us and join the conversation via Livestream, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You won’t miss a thing!

Ready to vote? Great!
Vote anytime for the books you love. You don’t have to pick just one. You may vote once for one or more of the shortlisted titles.
Every vote counts!

At the end of all this? A party!
Yes, we get to celebrate literature! The author and translator of the award winning book will be flown to Albertine Books in New York City this summer to receive the Prize and say a few words. Cheers!

The Albertine Prize, co-presented by Van Cleef & Arpels and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, recognizes American readers’ favorite French-language fiction title that has been translated into English and distributed in the US within the preceding calendar year (January 1 through December 31, 2017).
The Albertine Prize selection committee is composed of the Albertine Prize Honorary Chairs, acclaimed author and translator Lydia Davis and French literary critic and TV and radio host François Busnel, the staff at the Albertine bookstore, and the Book Department at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

Readers were invited to discover a shortlist of five works and vote for their favorite titles before May 1, 2018.
Voting took place online at between December 2017 and April 2018. A lively book battle brought together five champions to debate the merits of the nominated titles on April 12. Throughout the five months, Albertine and Cultural Services staff explained why they loved the shortlisted titles, a monthly book club explored the books in question, and LitHub and Bookwitty interviewed the nominated translators and authors.
A $10,000 prize will be split between the author and translator of the winning title at a ceremony held at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

December 6, 2017: Launch Party
April 10, 2018: Book Battle
May 1, 2018: Vote Ends
June 6, 2018: Award Ceremony

Voting will take place online at from December 6, 2017 through May 1, 2018. Participants may vote once for one or more of the 2018 shortlisted titles. Voters must provide an email address and vote from within the United States in order for their vote to register.  Voters are not required to read the entire selection of the books and they may vote for one or several titles.

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Albertine Prize Sponsors:

The Albertine Prize is presented by Van Cleef & Arpels and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

Vancleef Arpels
French Embassy

The program is made possible with support from Air France.

Air France

Additional support is provided by Pommery and La Rêveuse.

La Reveuse

Media Partner: Lit Hub.