The Biblioteca Breve Prize

PBB490.jpgThe first Biblioteca Breve Prize was established on June 14, 1958 by Seix Barral, an important publishing house in Barcelona that is part of the Planeta Group. Since that time the prize has been given every year. It is awarded to an unpublished novel written in Spanish and aims to discover and promote new writers who can contribute to a renewal of the panorama of contemporary European literature. Winners have an opportunity to be published by Seix Barral, one of the most prestigious publishers of Spanish literature. Writers, journalists, editors, and authors of the publishing house all participate in the awarding of the prize, in addition to guests and cultural figures from all over Spain.

In 2009 the prize was awarded on February 9th at the Palau de Mar in Barcelona. The winner, out of 398 entries, was Clara Uson with her novel Corazon de Napalm ("Heart of Napalm"). The jury was composed of the writers Angeles Caso, Manuel Longares, and Juan Jose Millas, the poet and academic Pere Gimferrer, and the editorial director of Seix Barral, Elena Ramirez.

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(Elena Ramirez, Andreu Buenafuente, Luis Antonoo, Angeles Caso)

The guests at the awards ceremony were given a Moleskine notebook created especially for the occasion. It was produced in cooperation with Libreria Altair and had the logo of the Seix Barral publishing house on the cover and a silkscreen of the Altair bookshop on the flyleaf.

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