Haruki Murakami again will not win the Nobel Prize in Literature this year, but the internationally acclaimed writer has a shot at the next best thing.

Murakami was selected as one of four finalists for a new literature award--for this year only--that will serve as a substitute for the 2018 Nobel Prize.

The Swedish Academy has postponed the announcement of the literature laureate because of a sexual misconduct scandal. The academy will name both the 2018 and 2019 winners of the Nobel Prize in Literature next year.

The new prize is hosted by the New Academy, a nonprofit organization based in Sweden and consisting of people involved in literature.

The New Academy announced on its website the four finalists from 47 nominees.

The other three finalists are: Maryse Conde who was born in the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe; Kim Thuy, who was born in Vietnam and grew up in Canada; and Britain-born Neil Gaiman.

The winner of the prize will be announced on Oct. 12 after the winners of the other Nobel Prizes have been revealed.

The award ceremony will be held on Dec. 9, and the New Academy will be dissolved by the end of that month.