All the worlds and adventures that people can experience within themselves – that’s literature.

- Katariina

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National Council for Literature

Each year the National Council for Literature awards approximately 2 million euros in artist grants. Artists grants are awarded to approximately 90 writers and 16 translators, including 45 on five-year grants, 33 on three-year grants and the remainder on one-year or half-year grants.

The National Council for Literature compiles for the Ministry of Education and Culture an annual list of quality literature of small distribution from which libraries order books. The list includes approximately 400 titles representing Finnish literature, translated literature, books for children and young persons, comics, Sami-language literature, literary studies, books in simple Finnish and audio books.

The National Council for Literature also selects the recipients of the state prizes for literature and translations. In addition, when requested to do so by the Ministry of Education and Culture, the council evaluates artist pension applications and requests for assistance by writers houses

The Central Arts Council appoints national arts councils for a two-year term. The expertise of members of other national and regional arts councils, as well as that of external experts, may also be utilised in the peer reviews of applications.

National Council for Literature 2017–18


Tomi Kontio, Author, Helsinki

Other members:

Kristiina Drews, Translator, Helsinki
Anneli Kanto, Author, Scriptwriter, Tampere
Satu Koho, Literary Scholar, Journalist, Oulu
Jussi Ojajärvi, Lecturer, Associate Professor in Literature, Oulu
Jusa Peltoniemi, Dramaturge, Author, Fiskars
Alexandra Salmela, Author, Tampere
Peter Sandström, Author, Journalist, Turku
Mikaela Strömberg-Schalin, Author, Porvoo
Esko-Pekka Tiitinen, Author, Joensuu
Siskotuulikki Toijonen, Journalist, Tampere

Presenting Officer

Ansa Aarnio, Special Advisor
t. 0295 330 701


Silja Kulmala, Planning Officer
t. 0295 330 708



Last modified: 20.02.2018


National Council for Literature
Hakaniemenranta 6, PL 1001
00531  Helsinki

Tel. +358 295330900

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