Priit Põhjala (1982) is a semiotician, editor, publisher, and children’s writer. He holds a master’s degree in semiotics and culturology and attended doctoral studies in the same field in the University of Tartu. Currently, Põhjala works as an editor at the Tänapäev publishing house and writes linguistics-themed columns for the Estonian teachers’ newspaper Õpetajate Leht. He has written two children’s books that are characterised by warm humour and a fluid style. Positive reception by the author’s young audience has secured him success in the Nukits Competition.
2019 Tartu Prize for Children’s Literature (Childhood Prize) nominee (Mr. Mati, Veterinarian) 2018 Annual Children’s Literature Award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia nominee (Mr. Mati, Veterinarian) Nukits Competition, 3rd place (My Grandpa is a Cat Burglar!) 2016 Annual Children’s Literature Award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia nominee (My Grandpa is a Cat Burglar!)