The Matanel Award is awarded to two young Jewish writers, one from Israel and one from the Diaspora, both showing evidence of literary talent and promise and demonstrating an involvement in social or communal affairs. The award will be awarded in 2013 for the first time.
The two awards, $12,500 each, courtesy of the Matanel Foundation, will be awarded by Mishkenot Sha’ananim, Conference Center, in a formal event during Kisufim, The Jerusalem Conference of Jewish Writers and Poets 2013 (Feb. 5-8, 2013).
The Diaspora award will be awarded this year to a writer from an English-speaking country. To be eligible for the award, the writer (1) must be under the age of 45, (2) must show evidence of literary talent and promise, and (3) demonstrate an involvement in social or communal affairs. Recommendations will be made by an advisory committee.
Hava Pinhas-Cohen is the artistic director of the Kisufim conference and the chair of the Matanel Prize committee, the Matanel Award Coordinator and a member of the judging committee. The award committee is chaired by Rachel Elior, Israeli professor of Jewish philosophy and mysticism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Jerusalem, Israel. The full panel of judges will stay confidential until the announcement of the winners. For further details please see Mishkenot Sha’ananim’s website.