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The Prizes


The Prizes

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 2017, 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 Friday, April 6th.

Youth Thriller Prize


Since 2015, The City of Lyon and the Quais du Polar international festival awards each year a Youth Thriller Prize.

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

In previous editions, the award has been given to Séverine Vidal for Drôle d’évasion (2015), Jean-Christophe Tixier for Dix minutes à perdre (2016) and Aurélie Neyret and Joris Chambain for Les carnets de Cerise T4 – La déesse sans visage (2017).

Short story contest


For its 14th edition, Quais du Polar offers the opportunity to take part in its Big annual writing contest, with the support of 12-21 and Kobo by Fnac

Participants will be inspired with a photo and its title “we were inseparable”  to write a noire short-story.

The Prize will be awarded during the festival, on Saturday, April 7th.

Short-story Youth Prize


Everyone can take part of this writing project, entirely open and free, organized for 10/15 years old, 

The starting point of the storyline is the sentence Searching the missing soldier, inspired by the French novel Un long dimanche de fiançailles by Sébastien Japrisot, adapted on screen by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

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

The Short-story Youth Prize will be awarded during the Festival. The authors of the best short-stories will be awarded with books.

Polar en Séries Prize


Since 2015, a continuous research is led for talent detection and analysis of novel’s adaptibility into TV series.

For the fourth year during the Quais du Polar Festival, the “Polar en Series” Prize rewards a thriller or crime fiction French novel for its own qualities and potential for adaptation in TV series.

A selection of 6 books has been established among the 60 works proposed by publishers. The Prize will be awarded during the festival, Friday, March 6th.

In previous editions, the award has been given to Sophie Hénaff for Poulets grillés (2015) and Hervé Le Corre for Après la guerre (2015), Jérémy Fel for Les loups à leur porte (2016), and Colin Niel for Seules les bêtes (2017).


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, Hervé Le Corre for Après la guerre, Sascha Arango for  La vérité et autres mensonges, Olivier Norek for Surtensions and Hannelore Cayre for La Daronne.

A selection was established among works proposed by publishers. The Prize will be awarded during the festival.


Cartoon album Prize


The Expérience bookshop and Quais du Polar associate themselves to award the Expérience/Quais du Polar Thriller Cartoon album Prize 2018 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.

In 2017, the award has been given to Olivier Berlion for Le juge, la République assassinée (Dargaud).