Literary awards given in Barcelona
A large number of literary, cultural and editorial awards are announced and presented every year in Barcelona in recognition of poetry, fiction or plays, as well as translations, publishers, book shops or public figures who help support, promote and publicise local and international literature and culture.
Presented by the publishing house Destino since 1944, when the winner was the writer Carmen Laforet for her novel Nada. Winners since then have included names such as Miguel Delibes (1947), Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio (1955), Carmen Martín Gaite (1957), Ana María Matute (1959), Francisco Umbral (1975), Manuel Vicent (1986), Juan José Millás (1990), Rosa Regàs (1994), Lorenzo Silva (2000), Andrés Trapiello (2003), José C. Vales (2015) and Víctor del Árbol (2016). The award is presented every year on the evening of 5th January, at the same event as the Josep Pla award ceremony.
The Pepe Carvalho award has been presented since 2006 in memory of the local author Manuel Vázquez Montalbán and his famous character Pepe Carvalho, the detective playing the leading role in the series of crime novels Carvalho. The Pepe Carvalho award is presented to works and authors of national and international noir novels. Francisco González Ledesma (2006), Michael Connelly (2009), Ian Rankin (2010), Andrea Camilleri (2014), Alicia Giménez Bartlett (2015) and Donna Leon (2016) are just a few of the winners of this award.
Created in 1952 by José Manuel Lara to promote authors writing in Spanish, this is the most lucrative award in the whole of Spain. Award winners include Ana María Matute (1954), Ramón J. Sender (1969), Jorge Semprún (1977), Juan Marsé (1978), Manuel Vázquez Montalbán (1979), Terenci Moix (1986), Gonzalo Torrente Ballester (1988), Mario Vargas Llosa (1993), Camilo José Cela (1994), Maruja Torres (2000), Álvaro Pombo (2006) and Eduardo Mendoza (2010).
The Ramon Llull award has been presented by the publishing house Planeta since 1981, and jointly with the Government of Andorra since 2006. The aim of the award is to promote and publicise literary creations in Catalan language. The award is open to both works of fiction and non-fiction. Award winners include Joan Perucho (1981), Pere Gimferrer (1983), Terenci Moix (1992), Lluís Anton Baulenas (2005) and Vicenç Villatoro (2010).
The publishing group RBA presents the international RBA award to crime fiction presented in English or in Spanish. The Barcelona local Francisco González Ledesma (2007), the Italian Andrea Camilleri (2008), the Scotchmen Philip Kerr (2009) and Ian Rankin (2016), the North Americans Harlan Coben (2010), Patricia Cornwell (2011), Michael Connelly (2012) and Don Winslow (2015), the Icelandic Arnaldur Indridason (2013) and the British Lee Child (2014) form part of the group of award winners.
Established in 1981 by Obra Social de Caixa Sabadell, the Sant Joan award continues to this day thanks to support from Fundació Antigues Caixes Catalanes and the BBVA bank. It is one of the most lucrative awards for Catalan literature and is presented to an unpublished work of literary prose. Carme Riera (2016), Najat El Hachmi (2015), Baltasar Porcel (2008), Valentí Puig (2006), Toni Sala (2004) and Miquel Bauçà (1989) are some of the award winners.
Presented by Òmnium Cultural and by Fundació Enciclopèdia Catalana, the Sant Jordi award was established in 1960 and is given to an original, unpublished work written in Catalan. The novels of Pere Calders (1963), Mercè Rodoreda (1966) and Jaume Cabré (1983) have been awarded over its long history, among many others.
Since 1997, the Trajectòria award has been presented during Catalan Book Week “every year to a professional of Catalan culture who has stood out his or her area”. Recognition has been given, among others, to the literary careers of Miquel Martí i Pol (2000), Quim Monzó (2007), Maria Barbal (2010), Carme Riera (2014) and the translator Anna Casasses (2016).
Created in 2005 and with the sponsorship of Fondo Antonio López Lamadrid, which forms part of Fundación José Manuel Lara, the Tusquets award is presented every year to an unpublished work in Spanish. It has been won by authors such as Rafael Reig (2010), Fernando Aramburu (2011) and Juan Trejo (2014), among others.
The Consell Social of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia is the institutional body of the society at the University. Since 1991, the Consell Social has presented the UPC award to works of science fiction, a genre that combines science and literature based on technical knowledge and creativity. Presented every two years since 2010, the award is given to original, unpublished science fiction novels written in Catalan, Spanish, English or French.