Armando José Sequera wins microfiction prize

Translated from El Universal, read the original here.

Armando José Sequera won the “Garzón Céspedes” 2012 International Prize for Narrative Microfiction with his story Un simple ocho (A Simple Eight). It is the widest international prize for this short narrative form, one of the most prestigious in the world since 2007, to which hundreds of writers from 30 countries and three continents have presented thousands of texts.

Sequera (Caracas, 1953) is one of the most important authors of children’s books in Venezuela. He has published 57 books, 38 of which are for children or teenage readers, the majority being short story collections or novels. He has also written historical and scientific textbooks, essays and crónicas, as well as over 2000 newspaper articles.

Elsewhere, his ample literary trajectory has been honoured by numerous national and international prizes, including the Casa de las Americas Prize for Children’s Literature (Havana, Cuba, 1979). In 2006 he was nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Prize (like a Nobel Prize for Children’s Literature) for his body of work.

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