Winner of the Kulla-Gulla prize 2022

Jenny Jägerfeld is awarded the acclaimed Kulla-Gulla Prize 2022, by the Marta Sandwall-Bergström Author’s Foundation managed by the Swedish Writers’ Association. The prize money is 89,000 SEK.

The motivation:

Jenny Jägerfeld has with her writing created a world that feels firmly rooted in our modern age and at the same time completely her own. It is a world that vibrates with life and energy. Her realistic prose is characterized by sharp situation comedy and a special ability to create images and characters that stay with the reader. Behind the laughter is a clear purpose to deal with difficult issues and an unimpaired loyalty to young people’s experiences. The existential questions are portrayed in an original way and in a hopeful direction towards understanding and reconciliation.

About the scholarship fundation
The author Marta Sandwall-Bergström (1913–2000) established a scholarship fund in 1998 in the form of a foundation, managed by the Swedish Writers’ Association. The foundation’s purpose is to promote “professional writers and researchers living in Sweden”. Every two years, a Kulla-Gulla Prize is awarded to an author.

About Jenny Jägerfeld
Jenny Jägerfeld’s books have been translated into more than 20 languages and have been awarded the Astrid Lindgren Prize, the Swedish Radio’s Children Book Award, The August Prize, Expressen’s Heffaklumpen, The Broocman Prize. As well as been nominated for the Nils Holgersson Plaque, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the Italian ORBIL Prize, the German Children’s Literature Award among others. In her books, Jenny Jägerfeld dares to address the big and difficult existential questions. With deep respect for the reader – and the topic – she portrays mental illness, ADHD, child poverty, gender identity, suicide and exclusion. In all the depictions, humor also plays a large and redemptive role.