Inaugurated in June 2015, the Polish Book Institute and Tygodnik Powszechny Foundation programme “Promoters of Debuts” is aimed at publishing houses, which have decided to release fresh works (novels, collections of short stories or essays, volumes of poetry, children’s books, and even graphic novels), but may not have sufficient funds to cover the costs of publishing. It is part of the programme to support literary debuts in Krakow, which includes the Conrad Award, and UNESCO City of Literature Creative Writing Course.
At the meeting, which took place on 20 October, the jury selected the five laureates of the Grand Prize and one winner of the Special Prize of Krakow UNESCO City of Literature. The main prize was won by Michał Szymański (Przebicia), Sabina Jakubowska (Dom na Wschodniej), Patrycja Prochot-Sojka (Baj-o-Dużenie), Anna Król (Rzeczy. Iwaszkiewicz intymnie) oraz Rafał Niemczyk (Mama umiera w sobotę). The winner of the Special Prize of Krakow UNESCO City of Literature (funded by the Krakow Festival Office) was Tomasz Wiśniewski (O pochodzeniu łajdaków).