Maria Turtschaninoff awarded Finland-Swedish prize for culture

Congratulations to Maresi and Naondel author, Maria Turtschaninoff, who has been awarded the most prolific Finland-Swedish cultural prize! The €20,000 prize is awarded annually to one individual in recognition of their extraordinary contribution to education and culture by the The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland.

“Maria Turtschaninoff, author and legendary writer, has created worlds where songs of nature, the spirits of the worlds and girls’ strong voices are woven together to magnificent stories of the ancient and timeless.

Maria’s lyrical language guides the reader along paths lined with amazing creatures as well as topics and issues that clearly reflect in everyone’s reality-love, sibling, identity, and dare to go there no-one else gone.” said the Foundation.

Rights to Maresi and the Red Abbey Chronicles have been sold to 21 territories, and it is being developed into a film by Film4.


About author

Maria Turtschaninoff

Maria Turtschaninoff is known for crafting lyrical, historically inspired fantasy stories starring strong female protagonists. In addition to J.R.R. Tolkien, she counts Philip Pullman, Ursula K. Le Guin and C.S. Lewis among her favorite authors. She is a two-time winner of the Society of Swedish Literature Prize, winner of the Swedish YLE Literature Prize, winner of the Thank You for the Book Award, a nominee for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (2020-2024), and winner of the 2014 Finlandia Junior Prize.

Her Red Abbey Chronicles YA trilogy has been sold into 30 languages, while her first adult novel Inherited Land has been sold to 23 territories. Maria has a Master of Arts in human ecology and works full-time as a writer.


2024, Middle Grade (8-12 Years)

The Manticore

Maria Turtschaninoff

2022, Literary Fiction

Inherited Land

Maria Turtschaninoff

2018, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

Maresi: Red Mantle

Maria Turtschaninoff

2016, Young Adult (13 or 14+)


Maria Turtschaninoff

2014, Young Adult (13 or 14+)


Maria Turtschaninoff