The Swedish Academy is to announce whether or not it may postpone the 2018 Nobel Literature Prize, its administrative director has said, after it plunged into a crisis over links to a man accused of sexual assault.
Following the meeting, the institution issued a statement acknowledging that "trust in the Swedish Academy has been seriously damaged" and questioning whether its Nobel board could carry out the 2018 selection for the prize "in a credible manner".
Asked if the Academy on Friday would announce whether or not it would select a literature laureate this year, Louise Hedberg told Swedish Radio on Wednesday: "Yes, that's true".
"The crisis in the Swedish Academy has adversely affected the Nobel Prize".
The foundation said in a statement the intention was to award the 2018 prize next year, along with that year's prize.
The scandal has stirred speculation in the media about the fate of the literature prize, which was given to British author Kazuo Ishiguro a year ago and to United States singer-songwriter Bob Dylan in 2016.
The academy said Friday the 2018 prize will be given in 2019.
It will be the first time since wartime 1943 that the prestigious award is not handed out. "We also assume that all members of the Academy realise that both its extensive reform efforts and its future organisational structure must be characterised by greater openness towards the outside world", it read.
The academy's announcement was made after a deep rift emerged in early April about how to handle allegations raised against one of the academy's members, poet Katarina Frostenson, and her husband, Jean-Claude Arnault.
She had severed the group's ties with Mr Arnault and Forum, and commissioned an investigation of the academy from a law firm.
Eight of the 18 members are no longer active, including Sara Danius, the first woman to head the academy since 1786.
After a vote to exclude Frostenson failed, several members have stepped aside or formally requested to resign.
But academy appointments are for life, and the organisation's rules do not provide for resignations; it considers those who have quit to remain members, albeit inactive, so they can not be replaced.