literature mainly uses three languages: Luxembourgish, German and French.
This linguistic particularity is due to the geographical situation of
the country and its history, but also to various socio-cultural elements.
Batty Weber represents the National Literature Award. Since 1987 it
goes every three years to a Luxembourgish author in order to honour
his work in its entirety. The award is named after a literary scholar
who had a major influence on Luxembourg's cultural life.
Tony Bourg, created by the Centre Culturel Français and the Paribas
Bank in Luxembourg in honour of a Luxembourg teacher and literary scholar,
aims to promote Luxembourg literary works in French. The
award was originally meant to distinguish every two years a work of
a specific literary genre. In reality it has only been awarded twice:
in 1993 to Jean Portante and Jean Sorrente (ex aequo) and in 1998 to
Libertés is awarded by the society Liberté de Conscience
in view of encouraging a creative literary production and propagating
such ideals as human rights and a secular society. The literary contest
is open to authors of fiction and non-fiction writing in Luxembourgish,
French or German. The award was created in 2000.