Reykjavík City Poetry Prize to Harpa Rún Kristjánsdóttir

Harpa Rún Kristjánsdóttir með borgarstjóra og dómnefnd

Edda Rún  Kristjánsdóttir wins the 2019 Reykjavík City Poetry Prize for her poetry script Edda.

The 2019 Reykjavík City Poetry Prize - Bókmenntaverðlaun Tómasar Guðmundssonar - was handed out today, October 22 by the Mayor of Reykjavík, Dagur B. Eggertsson. The prize is given to an unpublished poetry script, sent in anonymously to a competition.

The prize, now handed out for the twentieth time, is named by the Reykjavík poet Tómas Guðmundsson. This year's winner is Harpa Rún Kristjánsdóttir for her script Edda. The book was published today by publishing house Sæmundur. The prize is ISK 800.000. 

Harpa Rún Kristjánsdóttir was born in 1990. She graduated with a master's degree in comparative literature from the University of Iceland in 2018. Harpa Rún is born and raised in the countryside in South Iceland where she still lives and works on a sheep farm. She also does freelance work as an editor and proof reader. 

Harpa Rún has published poetry in two books of photography in Icelandic and English and poems by her have also appeared in magazines. Edda is her first book of poetry. 

Fifty eight scripst took part in the competition this year, all anonymous. On the judging panel were Sif Sigmarsdóttir (head), Þórarinn Eldjárn and Börkur Gunnarsson.