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 The winning author, who must write in Spanish and have at least ten unpublished poems or poems published in the last five years that are related to nature, urban sustainability, socio-ecological harmony and environmental conservation, will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
Talk: "Creative writing in the times of Wattpad"
FIL for Young Adults
Talk: "Creative writing in the times of Wattpad"
When we talk about living in times like ours, in which hyperconnectivity is the norm and technology has facilitated so many daily activities, such as reading and writing, it is impossible not to mention Wattpad, one of the large free platforms that has built an active community of readers and writers around the world. It encourages self-publication and the monetization of texts and helps to promote their popularity so they can also reach the ears of publishing houses that decide to publish and endorse these novice writers.
This discussion will cover topics like the creative process for digital writing, in which we will hear about the tools available to those that want to become writers, as well as those curious writers that are looking for stories online that they can connect to emotionally. We will also hear about the prejudices surrounding the literary quality of texts that emerge online and the benefits of writing and publishing on these types of platforms.
Ana Coello is a Mexican writer that began using the platform in 2012. One of her first hit was Vidas cruzadas, followed by other titles that made her hugely popular and led to being awarded the distinctive Wattpad Star, the first Latin American woman to receive it. In addition, Alberto Chimal and Raquel Castro, great authors and creative writing experts, will share some secrets that we can find in their book Cómo escribir tu propia historia.
I was born in Mexico City and when I was still very small, I moved to Guadalajara, Jalisco, where I have lived since I was seven. I studied education sciences and I worked in the field for eleven years. I am the mother of two children with whom I spend a large part of my time, and who barely give me a chance to breathe, but with whom I enjoy myself more than with anyone else.
I consider myself to have been a reader from a very young age, thanks to my mother who has encouraged me to do for as long as I can remember. My favorite childhood book is Momo by Michael Ende, and from adolescence, it is Corazón de piedra verde by Madariaga.
In September 2012, I decided to enroll on the Wattpad platform (intentionally known by emerging writers), with a story I had written years prior entitled Vidas cruzadas (published by Nova Casa publishing house in April 2018). It was well-received, although that was not what I was seeking because at the time the platform did not have the online following it now enjoys. I simply wanted to share. Shortly after, I uploaded Belleza atormentada (published in December 2015, Nova Casa publishing house) and promptly Destestable error (published in March 2015, Chiado, with a new edition that will soon be available on Amazon). Muy profundo (published in June 2014, Nova Casa) won the 2013 Wattys awards as the most popular romance and first to be published by a publishing house. Then followed more stories, such as Dulce debilidad; Eterno (Muy profundo II) (published in October 2016, Nova Casa); Tú, nada más (published in April 2017, Nova Casa); Atormentado deseo (to be launched towards the end of 2019 by Nova Casa) and Luces en la tiniebla, in addition to my first paranormal romance trilogy entitled “En la Oscuridad” of which, the first book titled Luna, was published in September 2018 and Sombras, the second book, in April 2019 by Penguin Random House.
Next year, I will launch the trilogy’s last book with the same publishing house, in addition to many other projects.
Throughout these years, I have come to have 500 thousand followers on the platform. I was also recognized for this with the distinctive Wattpad Star, being the first Latin woman to receive this nomination. I have participated in campaigns for Microsoft and my latest story to win a Watty—a competition organized by the platform.
My stories have been well received and, thanks to this, a Venezuelan reader founded a fan club (Coemas CF). It is largely thanks to them teaming up with me and after much effort, that my books have reached Latin America and had a presence like this in nearly all Spanish-speaking countries.
I still have a lot to tell, and that is precisely what I am working on.
Alberto Chimal (Toluca, Estado de México, 1970) estudió literatura en la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, de donde se graduó como maestro en Literatura Comparada.
Sobre todo es un creador de historias: sus libros de cuentos: Éstos son los días (Ediciones Era, 2004) y Manda fuego (FOEM, 2013) obtuvieron respectivamente los premios nacionales San Luis Potosí de Cuento y Colima de Narrativa. Su novela La torre y el jardín (Editorial Océano, 2012) fue finalista del Premio Rómulo Gallegos, uno de los más prestigiosos en idioma español.
Otro de sus libros: La partida/ La madre y la muerte (FCE, 2015) fue seleccionado para el catálogo internacional White Ravens, que cada año reúne los mejores libros infantiles y juveniles de todo el mundo.
Alberto también ha escrito ensayo, teatro y guión de cine. Él escribió el guión para la película 7:19, dirigida por Jorge Michel Grau, que se estrenó en 2016.
Actualmente vive en la Ciudad de México con su esposa, la escritora Raquel Castro, y dos gatos. Escribe e imparte cursos y talleres literarios. Tiene mucha actividad en línea desde su sitio web (https://www.albertochimal.com) y su canal de YouTube (youtube.com/AlbertoyRaquelMX).
(Ciudad de México, 1976)
Narradora, guionista y promotora cultural. En 2012 obtuvo el Premio SM de Literatura Juvenil Gran Angular y, como parte del equipo del programa Diálogos en confianza de OnceTV, ganó en dos ocasiones el Premio Nacional de Periodismo, así como el Premio Nacional de Periodismo en Salud. Es autora de las novelas Ojos llenos de sombra (2012), Lejos de casa (2013), Exiliados (2014), Dark Doll (2014), Un beso en tu futuro (2017), el libro de cuentos Pirañas del mundo, ¡uníos! (2014) y el ensayo Cambiamos para ser más como somos (2017). También fue compiladora de la antología Festín de muertos. Cuentos mexicanos de zombis (2015) y su libro más reciente es el manual Cómo escribir tu propia historia, de próxima aparición, escrito en colaboración con Alberto Chimal. Actualmente vive en la Ciudad de México, y prepara una nueva novela. Algunos de sus textos han sido traducidos al inglés y francés. Escribe sobre literatura infantil y juvenil en la revista Lee+. Ha sido profesora de guionismo y escritura creativa, imparte talleres en diversas ciudades del país y mantiene un canal de videos de divulgación en YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/AlbertoyRaquelMX
Other activities involving the participant:
Conference: “The use of venom in literature”