Ernani Literary Prize

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It is long overdue that we at Caffè Ernani have been collaborating with the innovative Milanese publishing house Another Coffee Stories. A reality that shares with us the desire to improve every day and that bases its work around the concept of quality.

Why did we decide to collaborate?

This relationship was born from the desire to unite the world of coffee with the literary world through an innovative idea:

the synaesthetic pairing of books and coffee.

Each week the publishing house publishes a work from various literary genres side by side with our coffees, with the aim of creating a unique synesthesia.


Synesthesia(inset) Synesthesia is a sensory-perceptual phenomenon in which certain stimuli evoke sensations of a different nature than those normally experienced: it is possible, for example, to “see” a sound or “hear” a color.

In other words: it is a mutual contamination between the senses. It occurs when stimulations from one sense induce experiences, automatic and/or involuntary, in a second sense.

Thanks to this unique union, the reader is offered a reading experience that is not limited solely to the book, but touches several senses at once, enhancing usability and grasping aspects that would otherwise be missed. In addition, of course, to experiencing a 360-degree sensory journey.

How was the prize born?

From this unique collaboration, the Ernani Literary Prize was born in 2024, dedicated to our historic roasting company located in the heart of Milan, with the aim of celebrating and promoting Italian literature.

Since the early 20th century, a period of ferment and development for the city, Torrefazione Ernani has spread the unmistakable aroma of roasted coffee through the streets of Milan, becoming a symbol of tradition, courage and visionary spirit.

In addition, the famous feathered hat, known as “alla Ernani,” made famous during the 5 Days of Milan and inspired by Verdi’s opera that depicted a political fable, is the symbol of our Roasting Company and this award.

The hat embodies the values of rebellion and innovation.

We at Ernani, who share these values, wish to export them around the world through a variety of initiatives supporting culture, responsibility, sustainability and, of course, through our coffee!

It is from this spirit of renewal and desire for constant growth that the “Ernani Literary Award” was born.

Who can participate?

Works of Italian fiction are eligible to compete for the Prize. Works must be unpublished and/or self-published in the following categories:

  • Under 18
  • Fantasy;
  • Fiction
  • Romance;
  • Comics
  • Thrillers
  • Short stories
  • Collected Poems

Do you have a new work in your hands? Sign up, we can’t wait to read it! Sign up here!

How to participate?

Participation in the Prize is very simple!

Each author can participate with only one work per category.

Entries must be submitted in digital format (PDF or Word) to the email address [email protected] no later than August 31, 2024, along with the proof of payment.

Each submission must be accompanied by an entry form containing:

  • Author’s full name;
  • Date of birth;
  • Email address;
  • Phone number;
  • Short biography and synopsis of the work;

A few pieces of information but which prove decisive in winning!

As for the evaluation criteria, however, these will include 3 key specifications:
  • Originality;
  • Quality of writing;
  • Narrative coherence and ability to engage the reader.

All three are necessary to create a successful book that will capture the audience but, more importantly, the jury.

Who will decide the winner?

Each year the Management Committee appoints:

  • The Literary Jury, made up of writers, critics and literary scholars;
  • The Jury President, who must be a personality from the world of culture;
  • The Technical Committee, composed of three specialists in contemporary Italian literature and has the specific task of determining the eligibility of works;
  • The Jury of Readers, composed of 30 people.

What to win.

The publisher has put up prizes that will make your mouth water!

In fact, it is not just limited to thanking you or giving you a little exposure in newspapers, as is often the case with these kinds of prizes.

But even one of you will get to see his or her book on the big screen!

Here, in fact, is what is up for grabs:

  • The three winners in each category will receive a commemorative plaque and a free publishing contract with Another Coffee Stories Publishing House;
  • From all category winners, the jury will select a work that will be the inspiration for a Another Coffee Vision-branded theatrical adaptation or film production.

The awards ceremony

Instead, the award ceremony will be held right here with us, at our Ernani Roasting Laboratory in Desio (MB), Via Don Luigi Sturzo, 19, on Sunday, October 13, 2024.

During the ceremony, the winning entries will be announced and a tasting of authentic 100% Italian Ernani Coffee paired with the entries by the jurors will be offered.

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity! Sign up here!

Marketing, E-commerce e Social Media Manager
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Martina Mazzoleni

Marketing, E-commerce e Social Media Manager Coffee Lover

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