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The award will be given at this year’s 32nd annual Guadalajara International Book Fair. Nominations will be accepted until July 20


Nominations for the 2018 FIL Literary Award in Romance Languages will be accepted starting Tuesday until July 20. The award was created in 1991 to recognize a living writer who has made a meaningful creative contribution in any literary genre—poetry, novel, theatre, short story or essay—in Spanish, Catalan, French, Italian, Rumanian or Portuguese. The award comes with a purse of $150,000 USD that will be presented to the winner during the opening ceremonies of the 32nd Guadalajara International Book Fair.

Cultural or educational institutions and associations, as well as groups with an interest in literature, may send nominations. The members of the judging panel for the Award may also propose candidates in accordance with the procedures and deadlines established in the call for entries. Candidates must be presented using the nomination form available on the FIL’s website ( This is the only method for sending nominations, and only nominations that meet the requirements and deadlines established in the call for entries will be accepted.

Nominations will be accepted until Friday, July 20 and the winner will be announced on September 3 in a press conference that will be held in Guadalajara. Seven prestigious writers or literary critics who have made important contributions to literary review will form the judging panel. The judges will be chosen by the Award’s Honor Committee and their names will be announced prior to deliberation.

Candidates for the award may be authors of any genre, regardless of their nationality or sex, who write in the following romance languages: Spanish, Catalan, Galician, French, Italian, Rumanian or Portuguese. Their literary work must be original and published.


This award is organized by the FIL Literary Award in Romance Languages Civil Association and has previously been granted to 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 Vila-Matas (2015), Norman Manea (2016) and Emmanuel Carrère (2017).

You can find the complete list of requirements here.




For further information contact:

Press Office and Publicity General coordinator, Mariño González at the phone number (52 33) 3810-0331, ext. 952