Our literary awards to promote the emergence of young authors  

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For the past 15 years, the Orange Foundation has brought new voices in literature and comics to a wide audience through its literary prizes. In 2009, we created the Prix Orange du Livre (opens in a new window), which rewards a novel written in French and published by a French publisher at the start of the winter season. Chaired by Jean-Christophe Rufin, author and French Academy member, the jury is made up of authors, booksellers and readers, with new members appointed each year. In 2023, a book club from an association supported by the Orange Foundation (Maison digitale de Cités Caritas) joined the jury.   

And because Orange has a strong presence on the African continent, in 2019 we created the Prix Orange du Livre en Afrique (opens in a new window). The prize honors not only winning authors from French-speaking Africa but also promotes the five shortlisted books and supports publishers through a training program tailored to their needs. The shortlisted novels are selected by reading committees made up of a hundred readers from 15 African countries. The jury, chaired by French-Ivorian author Véronique Tadjo and made up of international authors and journalists, then selects the winner.  

The latest Orange Prize, the Prix Orange de la Bande Dessinée, (opens in a new window) has been awarded since 2020 to a comic strip written in French and published in France or Belgium. It is awarded by a jury made up of authors, booksellers and readers, with its chair changing every year. In 2023, it was Coco, screenwriter and press cartoonist.  

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