Awards and Recognitions

FIL Literary Prize bestowed by the Civil Association Prize for Literature in Romance Languages

The $150,000 FIL Literature Award is presented in recognition for lifetime achievement in any literary genre. Past recipients include: Nicanor Parra (1991), Juan José Arreola (1992), Eliseo Diego (1993), Julio Ramón Ribeyro (1994), Nélida Piñón (1995), Augusto Monterroso (1996),Juan Marsé (1997), Olga Orozco (1998), Sergio Pitol (1999), Juan Gelman (2000), Juan García Ponce (2001), Cintio Vitier (2002), Rubem Fonseca (2003), Juan Goytisolo (2004), Tomás Segovia (2005), Carlos Monsiváis (2006), Fernando del Paso (2007), António Lobo Antunes(2008), Rafael Cadenas (2009), Margo Glantz (2010), Fernando Vallejo (2011), Alfredo Bryce Echenique (2012), Yves Bonnefoy (2013 ), Claudio Magris (2014), Enrique Vila­Matas (2015), Norman Manea ( 2016) and  Emmanuel Carrère (2017).

The institutions that constitute the FIL Literary Prize bestowed by the Civil Association Prize for Literature in Romance Languages are the Ministry of Culture, the University of Guadalajara, the Fondo de Cultura Económica, the Government of the State of Jalisco, the Municipality of Guadalajara, the Municipality of Zapopan, Bancomext, Arca Continental, Grupo Modelo, Fundación de la Universidad de Guadalajara and Montegrappa.


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Ida Vitale

(Uruguay, 1923)



Ida Vitale (Montevideo, 1923) is one of the most important voices in Spanish-language poetry. Part of the group of writers known as the Generation ‘45, her untiring work lead her to delve into poetry, literary criticism, journalism, and translating.  She studied humanities and was a professor until 1974 when the military dictatorship forced her into exile in Mexico for ten years. She has collaborated with numerous newspapers and magazines, served on the advisory board for Vuelta, and was part of the group that founded Unomásuno. Some of the awards she has received include the Octavio Paz International Poetry and Essay Award, the International Alfonso Reyes Award, the Queen Sofia of Ibero-American Poetry Award, and the Federico García Lorca and Max Jacob Awards for poetry. She received an honorary PhD from the University of Uruguay. Some of her many works include The Light of this Memory, Procurement of the Impossible, Dictionary of Affinities, Constancy's Dreams and Each In His Own Night. She has also done notable translations of works by authors including Luigi Pirandello, Boris Vian, Gaston Bachelard and Simone de Beauvoir.



For any questions about the terms of this call for entries please contact Dulce María Zúñiga, email