The purpose of Saami Council's Prize for Literature is to encourage to write in Saami. The publicity that follows the prize puts attention on the writers and makes Saami literature more well-known. The prize is given to books written originally in Saami. Books translated to a minority Saami language can, however, also receive the prize. The prize is awarded every second year - every other time to an adult literature book and every other time to a children's book.