Salla Simukka

  • Finland

Salla Simukka (b. 1981) is a translator and author. She was born and raised in Tampere, Finland. She has written several novels and one collection of short prose for young readers, and has translated adult fiction, children’s books, and plays. Salla was an editor and associate editor at a literary magazine for young people, LUKUfiilis, in 2009-2013. She writes book reviews, and she also works as one of the scriptwriters for the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE’s series Uusi Päivä (New Day) since 2009.

In January 2013 Salla Simukka was awarded with the Topelius Prize for her novels Without a Trace (Tammi 2012) and Elsewhere (Tammi 2012) in recognition of the best Finnish youth novel. Established in 1946, the Topelius Prize is Finland’s oldest prize in recognition of the best Finnish book for children and young people. In December of 2013 she was given the Finland Prize, awarded in recognition of a significant career in arts, an exceptional artistic achievement, or a promising breakthrough.