José Emilio Pacheco City and Nature Award
The University of Guadalajara, through a project created by the Environmental Sciences Museum as part of the University’s Cultural Center, and with the support of the Guadalajara International Book Fair, has established the José Emilio Pacheco City and Nature Award. The prize, which will be given for the first time this year, will be dedicated to poetry. The winning author, who must write in Spanish and have at least ten unpublished poems or poems published in the last five years that are related to nature, urban sustainability, socio-ecological harmony and environmental conservation, will be given a purse of US $10,000. The award is dedicated to poet José Emilio Pacheco, whose work explores the duality between cities and nature.
National Booksellers Award
Founded by the National Institute for the Professional Development of Booksellers, and in collaboration with the Guadalajara International Book Fair, this award is granted to aid and encourage Mexican booksellers in continuing their education and becoming more competitive. The winner will be given $200,000 pesos to use for their project.
American Indigenous Literature Award
Created by the University of Guadalajara, and with the collaboration of the National Institute for Indigenous Languages, the Culture Ministry, the National Commission for the Development of the Indigenous Cultures and Jalisco’s Department of Education, the American Indigenous Literature Award is granted to enrich, protect and promote the legacy and richness of Mexico’s indigenous peoples through literature in all its forms, and to and acknowledge and further develop the careers and works of indigenous authors. The award, which carries a purse of US $25,000, will be given for the fourth time at the 2016 FIL Guadalajara.
SM Ibero-American Award for Literature for Children and Young People
The SM Ibero-American Award for Literature for Children and Young People was implemented in 2005, the year of Ibero-American literature, with the goal of promoting literature for children and young people throughout Ibero-America. The award is given out each year during the Guadalajara International Book Fair to recognize writers of literature for children and young people and carries a purse of US $30,000.
7th Ibero-American Illustration Catalog
With the goal of creating a network that helps to encourage the work of illustrators of books for children and young people in Ibero-America, the SM Foundation, El Ilustradero and the FIL Guadalajara invites illustrators to submit their work to be included in the 7th Annual Ibero-American Illustration Catalog. The 45 works selected will be displayed in an exposition at the Guadalajara International Book Fair. In addition, illustrators will have the opportunity to work on an illustrated book with Ediciones SM and the winner will be given US $5,000. You can find more information at: www.iberoamericailustra.com
The Americas Award, instituted in 2011, is given by the Festival de la Palabra together with the Americas Foundation of Puerto Rico. The goal of the award is to place a spotlight on authors with works of great literary value, but which tend to be overlooked in awards circuits.
The award, which carries a US $25,000 purse, is a distinction given to writers chosen by a judging panel consisting of seven members of the Ibero-Latin American literary community. The award’s organizers define writer in its broadest sense, allowing essayists, novelists, critics and journalists who are familiar with today’s literary panorama in Ibero-America, the Caribbean and their Diasporas, to participate.
Winners of the Americas Award include Arturo Fontaine Talavera from Chile (2011), Eduardo Berti from Argentina (2012), Juan López Bauzá from Puerto Rico (2013) and Claudia Salazar Jiménez from Peru (2014).
New Voices Award
The New Voices Award, instituted in 2012 and accompanied by a US $5,000 purse, is an important distinction given out at Puerto Rico’s Festival de la Palabra. The Writer’s Committee grants the award to a Puerto Rican author worthy of international recognition who is beginning their career in the world of literature.
Previous winners of the award include Carlos Vázquez (2014), Janette Becerra (2013) and Ángel Antonio Ruíz Laboy (2012).
The Festival de la Palabra says that the award recipients are authors “whose work reflects a superior creative talent, both in terms of style and thematic dialog within the literary world.” It is given among peers to authors with no more than four published works who have received positive, consistent critical acclaim, and show a commitment to the development of Puerto Rican literature in the country and abroad.
In fulfilling its mission to advocate Spanish-language literature and the recognition of its authors, the LIPP La Brasserie México is accepting nominations for publishers who regularly publish works of fiction for the 5th Annual LIPP Literature Award. Its French equivalent, the Le Prix Cazes Brasserie Lipp, was instituted in 1935 and is considered the most important literary award granted in Paris during the spring. The winning author will receive a cash prize of MXN $100,000, a trip to Paris and dinner at the French LIPP. All Spanish-language novel manuscripts presented by publishers demonstrating that they publish fiction are eligible to participate.
FIL 2019 Program
Costa Rican literature: from happy awareness to the narrative of the crisis
Costa Rican literature: from happy awareness to the narrative of the crisis
Moderator: Óscar Castillo
In 1997, Alfaguara Spain accepted my novel Cruz del olvido, although in the end it was launched two years later in Mexico. I had worked on that novel for years, with little hope of becoming an author—publishing it determined my fate. Since then, I have written five more novels, including Tanda de cuatro con Laura (2002), Larga noche hacia mi madre (2013), and El año de la ira (2019), as well as books of short stories and essays. Larga noche hacia mi madre was a finalist for the Rómulo Gallegos Award. It also won the Monteforte Toledo and Áncora awards in Central America and was chosen as a book of the year in Ibero-America. In 2011, the FIL listed me as one of Latin America’s Best-Kept Secrets. My poetry work is published in Vestigios de un naufrago. Poesía reunida 1980-2015 (Germinal, 2015), and Festín en época de peste (La Isla de Siltolá, 2016).
(Argentina / Costa Rica)
I was born in Misiones, Argentina, but I have lived in Costa Rica for eighteen years. I have a master's degree in Creative Writing from Universidad Pompeu Fabra. I currently give workshops and co-direct the online project Casa de Escritura, as well as working as a strategy and creativity consultant. I’ve published several short storybooks, including La piel no miente (Uruk 2010), winner of the 2012 Aquileo J. Echeverría National Prize—the highest award granted by the Costa Rican government to artists from a variety of fields. My first published novel, Mierda, was also awarded this prize in 2018. I have also published poetry collections, including Apocalipsis íntimo (honorable mention in the Luis Cardoza y Aragón Prize, 2010) and Patria de carne (Casa de Poesía, 2015). I am inspired by geographical spaces, stereotypes and stigmas. I have come to realize that many of my stories explore the individual consequences of a particular collective perception.
I was born in San José, Costa Rica, but I have lived in the United States since 1997. I have worked many jobs, from creative advertising to teaching Spanish. I am currently the Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of Loyola in New Orleans. However, literature is my absolute passion and one of my reasons to keep going.
My first book appeared in 1985; the most recent in 2019. More than thirty years have passed between the two, which goes to show how resilient we can be as writers. During this period, I have published thirteen books, including novels, short stories, personal narratives and essays. However, I think of myself as primarily a short story writer. I feel most comfortable with this genre and as Ignacio Padilla once said, I always strive towards the utopia of perfection in terms of form and content. I am an insatiable reader of short stories and the theory behind short story writing.
My work has received several awards. El atardecer de los niños was honored with the Editorial Costa Rica Prize and National Prize for Short Stories in 1990. Lejos, tan lejos (short story) won the Ancora Prize in 2005. In the same year, my novel El gato de sí mismo was recognized with the Costa Rican National Prize. Queer Brown Voices (personal narratives) received the Ruth Benedict Award in 2016. In 2018, La invención y el olvido won the Costa Rican National Short Story Prize.
If you ask me where I’m from, I’ll say the Caribbean; if you insist, I’ll say Latin America. I am defined by my Caribbean upbringing and my education in several countries. (Dramatic arts and philology in Mexico, Venezuela, Guatemala and Costa Rica).
I’ve been fortunate to have had a number of works published in Costa Rica and Spain: El sitio de Ariadna, a novel; Impúdicas e infidelicias, a book of short stories; Violenta piel, Chicas malas, Llueven pájaros, Continuidad del aire, Erótica, Dónde estás Puerto Limón, Breviario del deseo esquivo, and Arborescencias—all poetry collections. And, coming soon, Búscame en la palabra.
My work has been translated into multiple languages and published in anthologies, newspapers, magazines, and blogs in Latin America, Europe and Asia and even performed on stage. I make a living from producing, directing and acting for radio, film, and television, and I teach workshops in communication and creative writing.
I’ve been both president and vice president of the Asociación Costarricense de Escritoras (The Costa Rican Association of Women Writers). I also run the culture management group El Duende.
I have three children and several trees. And I write—my be-all and end-all.
Other activities involving the participant:
The Poetry Program