Posted on December 19, 2022 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

If there's one thing we've learned in our time of populating a newswire, it's that there's no shortage of literary awards out there.

But the jury for this particular one covered by the New York Times isn't exactly what we're used to seeing.

The prize? The Goncourt des détenus, or inmates’ Goncourt.

According to the NY Times, this is the newest of several offshoots of the Prix Goncourt, France's most prestigious literary award.

Perhaps more oddly, though, it's backed and promoted by the French government, without much objection from either side of the political spectrum.

About 500 inmates from 31 prisons took part in the process that selected Sa Préférée (His Favorite) by Sarah Jollien-Fardel as the inaugural winner.

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