Mexico, Mar 17 (EFE) .- The Secretariat of Culture of Mexico City, the federal government and Amazon Mexico launched the First Novel Award on Wednesday to promote and recognize the literary work of emerging Mexican writers.
“We cannot be more proud that Mexico City is the first venue for the 2021 First Novel Award, an award that we hope will become an obligatory reference in literature; an award that accompanies new novelistic talents,” said the secretary of Culture of Mexico City, Vanessa Bohórquez, at a press conference.
Registration for those interested is available from this Wednesday and will close registrations on May 4.
The prize for the winning novel will be 250,000 pesos (12,250 dollars), while the three finalists will obtain an amount of 35,000 pesos (1,715 dollars).
The Federal Government’s Coordination of Historical and Cultural Memory of Mexico is another of the institutions working on this project in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture of the capital.
Eduardo Villegas, coordinator of the cultural institution and also in charge of the National Reading Strategy of the Government of Mexico, assured in a conference that the monetary award aims to encourage the production, distribution and consumption of the books of the authors who are winners.
That is why he considered that the alliance and sponsorship of the private e-commerce initiative Amazon Mexico will be of great help for the commercialization of the winners’ works.
The call will receive works published between January 1 and December 31, 2020 and invites Mexican writers and writers, as well as permanent residents of the country, over 18 years of age to participate.
Some of the requirements that are requested to the novels aspiring to the award are that they must be fiction, written by a single author, in Spanish and with national distribution.