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Having met this Thursday, October 21, remotely, the representatives of the six reading 
committees * selected ten finalist works representing 10 countries, among the 145 candidate 
works which were selected.
In the opinion of the committees, "the selection is marked by an abundance of testimony 
from both the past and the present. They reflect a sense of urgency. French appears there 
as a language at the crossroads of different cultures. The vitality of Haitian literature 
seemed to them particularly well to illustrate this sense of urgency in a world in crisis. ".

The international jury **, chaired by Paula Jacques (France-Egypt), will designate the winner 
on December 16, 2021 and the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF) will then 
ensure its promotion on the international literary scene for an entire year.

Created in 2001 by the OIF, the Five Continents Prize rewards each year a narrative fictional 
text (novel, story and collection of short stories) original in French expression. Endowed
 with an amount of 15,000 euros for the winner and 5,000 euros for the special mention, the 
Prize of the five continents of the Francophonie makes it possible to highlight literary 
talents reflecting the expression of diversity cultural and editorial in French on the five 
continents and to promote them on the international scene. The presentation is scheduled for 
March 20, 2022, on the sidelines of the International Day of La Francophonie, which will be 
celebrated as part of the World Expo in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Recall that the 2020 Five Continents Prize was awarded to Beata Umubyeyi, mayor 
(Rwanda-France) for her novel Tous tes enfants dispersés (Autrement) and a special mention 
to Paul Kawczac for his novel Ténèbre (La Peuplade). For its 20th anniversary, the prize 
diversifies the views on the works: it is enriched by a 6th reading committee * and 
welcomes 4 new jurors **.
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