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I was reading the Nobel Prize website page on the nomination and selection of Literature Laureates, and didn't quite understand the list of people and organisations eligible to submit nominations:

The right to submit proposals for the award of a Nobel Prize in Literature shall, by statute, be enjoyed by:

  1. Members of the Swedish Academy and of other academies, institutions and societies which are similar to it in construction and purpose;
  2. Professors of literature and of linguistics at universities and university colleges;
  3. Previous Nobel Laureates in Literature;
  4. Presidents of those societies of authors that are representative of the literary production in their respective countries.

Of the four items in this list, #3 is completely unambiguous, #2 is also pretty clear, and #1 is reasonably clear (although one might quibble about what precisely constitutes being "similar" to the Swedish Academy). The one I really don't get is #4.

What does it mean for a society of authors to be "representative of the literary production in their [country]", for the purposes of the Nobel Prize nomination procedure?

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    I checked the Academy's page in Swedish, and it's at least not a mistranslation or misprint. – andejons Aug 22 '17 at 6:19

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