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Hagþenkir: the Association of Non-fiction and Educational Writers in Iceland
Hagþenkir, the Assocation of Icelandic Non-fiction Writers, was founded in 1983 and gained Ministry of Education certification in 1987. Membership is open to writers of published books and related materials who authorise the Association to negotiate contracts on their behalf in accordance with its rules. At present the Association has over 500 members. The Association’s office is located in the Reykjavík Academy in Reykjavík’s west side. The aim of the Association is to protect the interests and rights of its members and to improve conditions for contracts and the publishing of academic and educational material and other of its members’ activities. Among its objectives are:
Each year, Hagþenkir allocates grants funded by the licence fees it collects (largely from the public purse) for the use of photocopied material in schools and elsewhere; such grants have been in the form of authors’ royalties and sponsorship for writing projects. Members can, subject to conditions, apply for travel and educational grants.
The Association has, since 1987, conferred a special award for academic work of outstanding quality, and in recent years ten writers have gained nominations for this award, which claims the longest continuous record of literary prizes presented in Iceland. Hagþenkir is a member of The Nordic Council of Writers and Translators.
Chairman of Hagþenkir is Jón Yngvi Jóhannsson: jyj[at]akademia.is,
The CEO is Friðbjörg Ingimarsdóttir: hagthenkir[at]hagthenkir.is