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The Prizes


The Prizes

Youth Thriller Prize


The City of Lyon and the Quais du Polar international festival launch a new Youth Thriller Prize!

Intended for children from 8 to 10 years old, this Prize will reward a youth thriller novel or graphic novel and will be officially awarded during the festival.

This year, a jury made of 10 young readers, a Quais de Polar representative, the A Titre d’Aile bookshop and the monthly magazine Grains de Sel, met in Lyon on March 14th and deliberated and chose the winner among a selection of 5 works.


Short-story Youth Prize : Enquête au collège


Everyone can take part of this writing project, entirely open and free, organized for 8/15 years old, with the support of Gallimard jeunesse publishing and Grain de Sel.

The starting point of the storyline is Enquête au Collège, from the title of the French Youth novel by Jean-Philippe Arrou-Vignod, hosted this year on the festival.

In their class or at home, in groups or individually, participants inspire themselves from this title to build a new police case.

The Short-story Youth Prize will be awarded on Friday, March 27th during an encounter with Jean-Philippe Arrou-Vignod, president of the jury.

The authors of the 10 best short-stories will be awarded with books from the Gallimard publisher. The Award winner short-story will be published on the websites of the monthly magazine Grains de Sel and Quais du Polar.


Readers’ Prize


The Quais du Polar Festival awards each year the Readers’ Prize to a francophone novel published within the year, with the support of the daily newspaper 20 minutes.

The jury, selected through a call for candidates, will be in charge of electing « the » francophone thriller of the year 2014, among a pre-selection of 6 works designed by bookshops partners of the festival.

The Quais du Polar/20 minutes Readers’ Prize will be awarded during the festival, on Saturday, March 28th.


Le Point European Thriller Prize


The Le Point European Thriller Prize recognizes each year a thriller by a French or European author.

Since its creation, in 2003, it rewarded in turn Laura Grimaldi for La faute, Bill James for Protection, Laura Wilson for L’amant anglais, Giancarlo de Cataldo for Romanzo Criminale, John Harvey for De cendre et d’os, Arnaldur Indridason for L’Homme du lac, Philip Kerr for La mort entre autres, Pierre Lemaitre for Cadres noirs, Hugues Declan for Coup de Sang, Victor del Arbol for la Tristesse du Samouraï and Petros Markaris for Liquidations à la grecque..

A selection was established among works proposed by publishers. The Prize will be awarded during the festival, Saturday, March 28th.


Agostino Prize – Short story contest


For its 11th edition, Quais du Polar largely honors the adaptation from novel to the screen and offers the opportunity to take part in its Big annual writing contest.

Participants will be inspired with an extract from Série noire by Alain Corneau to write a noire short-story.

The Prize will be awarded during the festival, on Saturday, March 28th.


Cartoon album Prize


The Expérience bookshop and the weekly newspaper Le petit Bulletin associate themselves to award the Expérience – Le Petit bulletin Thriller Cartoon album Prize Expérience on the Quais du Polar festival.

Web surfers vote for their favorite Cartoon album, among a selection of nine works. The award winner will receive his Prize during the festival on Saturday, March 28th.