Last year’s edition did not hand any literature prizes due to a scandal connected with a husband of one of the jury members. Multiple rape accusations were filed against the man, making the Academy shelve the 2018 award. What is more, the sexual scandal seemed not to be enough for the guy, so he decided to start a scene with bookies, which completely shut the prize talks.
All of the above resulted in the Academy’s decision to award two prizes this year. Another interesting feature is that a female writer will definitely take one of those. What makes it so unique? The fact that 100 of the previous 114 authors, who received the price were men!
Either way, such a statement considerably narrows the lineup of candidates. The odds-on favourite is currently Anne Carson, a Canadian poet, however, bookmaker Unibet lists another Canadian - Margaret Atwood, French - Maryse Conde, Polish - Olga Tokarczuk and Russian - Lyudmila Ulitskaya among the favourites.
You can find a complete list of runner-ups for this year’s Nobel Literature Prize awards at the official bookmaker Unibet
website. Though, we would still suggest considering your selections twice, as the Nobel Prize bookmakers’ predictions, especially for Literature have proved not to be very reliable over the years.