The Petrona Award for the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year
Introducing a New Annual Award for Scandinavian Crime Fiction: The Petrona Award for the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year
The Petrona Award has been established to celebrate the work of Maxine Clarke, one of the first online crime fiction reviewers and bloggers, who died in December 2012. Maxine, whose online persona and blog was called Petrona, was passionate about translated crime fiction but in particular that from the Scandinavian countries.
The shortlist for the 2013 award, which is based on Maxine's reviews and ratings is as follows:
PIERCED by Thomas Enger, tr. Charlotte Barslund (Faber and Faber) BLACK SKIES by Arnaldur Indridason, tr. Victoria Cribb (Harvill Secker) LAST WILL by Liza Marklund, tr. Neil Smith (Corgi) ANOTHER TIME, ANOTHER LIFE by Leif GW Persson tr. Paul Norlen (Doubleday)
The winning title will be announced at the annual international crime fiction event CrimeFest, held May 30 to June 2, 2013. The winning author will receive a full pass for the 2014 CrimeFest event plus a guaranteed panel at the 2014 event.
From 2014 onwards a team of judges will, as well as drawing on their own expertise, apply the criteria that Maxine considered essential in a well-written crime novel: quality of plot, strength of characterisation and the consideration of contemporary social issues.
The judges are: Barry Forshaw – Writer and journalist specialising in crime fiction and author of two books on Scandinavian crime fiction: ‘Death in a Cold Climate’ and ‘Nordic Noir’ and a biography of Stieg Larsson. Dr Kat Hall – Academic and international crime fiction reviewer/blogger at Mrs Peabody. Sarah Ward – Online crime fiction reviewer and blogger at Crimepieces.
Leading Scandinavian crime fiction expert Barry Forshaw said “I’m delighted to be judging an award that is unique in recognising the influence of Scandinavian crime fiction in both the UK and abroad”.
The award is open to crime fiction in translation, either written by a Scandinavian author or set in Scandinavia and published in the UK in the previous calendar year.