Introducing The Röntgen Award

The Röntgen Award for Unwritten Literature is made to an individual for a commitment to never write the book of fiction or biography that they think might be inside them.

In a world of overabundant sharing and cheap self-publishing, the Award recognises excellence in restraint and composure, an appreciation for the shortness of time, and a life given to reading, rather than writing.

The Award is named after Wilhelm Röntgen, whose discovery of x-rays made it possible to determine whether a person does, in fact, have a book inside them. Appropriately, too, he had all his correspondence destroyed upon his death.