Albertine Prize 2018

2018 Shortlist


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.

How to Vote

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.


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

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The Albertine Prize is presented by Van Cleef & Arpels and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
The program is made possible with support from Air France. Additional support is provided by Pommery and La Rêveuse. Media Partner: Lit Hub.