The Otava Book Trust distributed a total of over 500 000 euros in prizes and stipends

The Otava Book Trust has awarded five prizes: Veijo Meri prize (Finnish literature), the Otava Book Trust Encyclopaedia prize, the Otava Book Trust Teaching Material prize, and the Kaarina Helakisa prize (literature for children and adolescents). Each prize is 15 000 euros and the prize is awarded annually. The Erkki Reenpää Finnish Translation prize is 5 000 euros and is awarded annually.

The prizes were awarded to:

Juha Itkonen, Veijo Meri prize
Lasse J. Laine, Otava Book Trust Encyclopaedia prize
Päivi Vehmas, Otava Book Trust Teaching Material prize
Reeta Aarnio, Kaarina Helakisa prize
Kari Koski, Erkki Reenpää Finnish Translation prize

In addition to the prizes, the Otava Book Trust awarded 258 people and organizations a total of 440 000 euros of stipends for literary work and projects that support and promote reading activities.

Further information:
Minna Castrén
Otava Book Trust committee Vice President
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