Happening wins Premio de la Crítica de la Novela 2014

Gustavo Valle has again won the Premio de la Crítica de la Novela for his surreal adventure Happening, having been awarded the 2009 prize for Bajo Tierra.

happeningJudges Luis Miguel Isava, Adriana Cabrera and Luis Alfredo Álvarez, chose Happening out of a shortlist of 12 for the prize, run by Ficción Breve and the Fundación de la Cultura Urbana. They announced:

For the coherent execution of its aesthetic project, manifest in the use of narrative techniques ranging from humour, pain, drama, melancholy and reflection, we declare Happening by Gustavo Valle the winning novel. This novel constitutes, in our opinion, a work which, while exploring an existential vein, presents a vision of the world as a thriller in which uncertainty and chance are the critical axes, all of which is held up in the idea of the happening as the central thread [of the novel].

Valle’s novel was also awarded the XIII Premio Anual Transgenérico and was recently republished in Argentina by Autoría Literaria.

The three other finalists were Jinete a pie by Israel Centeno, La ciudad vencida by Yeniter Poler and Los escafandristas by Fedosy Santaella. Read more about them from Ficción Breve.

La escribana del viento by Ana Teresa Torres wins Premio de la Crítica 2013

la escribana del viento

La escribana del viento (Editorial Alfa) by Ana Teresa Torres (Caracas, 1945) is the winner of this year’s Premio de la Crítica de la Novela, organised by Ficción Breve Venezolana, with the support of the Sociedad de Amigos de la Cultura Urbana and Librería Noctua. The judges Violeta Rojo, Álvaro Contreras and Miguel Marcotrigiano chose La escribana del viento from the list of 17 finalists announced in July for being “an historical novel in which the narration of a real event which took place in Caracas in the 17th Century is an analysis of the manipulation and abuse of power”

Read the full report from Ficción Breve.

Las horas claras and El lejano oeste winners of the 2013 Premio de los libreros

las horas clarasFor the second year running, Venezuelan booksellers have voted for their favourite books of the year. The winners were Jacqueline Goldberg’s Las horas claras (Cultura Urbana) for narrative, and Alejandro Castro’s El lejano oeste (bid&co) for poetry. As a novel written by a poet, Las horas claras was said to ‘combine with great skill the best of both genres’, while El lejano oeste was praised for ‘Its force, its ironic humour and its cheek’.

The bookshops involved were Alejandría, El Buscón, Noctua, Kalathos, Sopa de Letras and Lugar Común. Special mentions were also given in poetry to Gina Saraceni for Casa de pisar duro (Cultura Urbana) and in narrative to Ana Teresa Torres for La escribana del viento (Alfa).

Click here to read the full report and judges verdict at Ficción Breve.

Nominations for Premio de la Crítica 2013 announced

Premio critica novela 2013The Premio de la Crítica a la Novela for 2013, organised by Ficción Breve Venezolana, announced on 4 July 2014 its 17 contenders. The jury, comprising professors and researchers Violeta Rojo, Miguel Marcotigiano and Álvaro Conteras, will announce the winner, and up to five finalists, in September.

The novels in the running, in alphabetical order, are:
  1. Días de novenario, Inés Muñoz Aguirre, Bruguera
  2. El abismo de los cocuyos, de Mario Amengual, Bid &CO. Editor
  3. El buen esposo, Federico Vegas, editorial Alfa
  4. El hijo de Gengis Khan, Ednodio Quintero, Seix Barral
  5. En sueños matarás, Fedosy Santaella, Alfaguara
  6. Guararé, de Wilmer Poleo Zerpa, Ediciones B
  7. Jezabel, de Eduardo Sánchez Rugeles, Ediciones B
  8. La decisión justa, José Miguel Roig, Oscar Todtmann Editores
  9. La escribana del viento, Ana Teresa Torres, Editorial Alfa
  10. La luna envidiosa, José Miguel Roig, Oscar Todtmann Editores
  11. La víctima perfecta, Mónica Montañés, Ediciones B
  12. Las horas claras, Jacqueline Goldberg, Sociedad de Amigos de la Cultura Urbana
  13. Las topias de la invocación, Leoner ramos Giménez Ediciones B
  14. Óyeme con los ojos, Valentina Saa Carbonell, Ediciones B
  15. Por poco lo logro, de José Manuel Peláez, Ediciones B
  16. Procedencia desconocida, Antonieta Benítez Briceño, Bruguera
  17. Sábanas negras, Sonia Chocrón, Ediciones B

Read the original announcement from Ficción Breve here.

Winners Announced for 8th Premio de Cuento de la Policlínica Metropolitana

policlinicaCongratulations to Tibisay Rodríguez, who won first place in the VIII Premio de Cuentos Policlinica Metropolitana para Jovenes Autores. Judges Ángel Gustavo Infante, José Pulido and Violeta Rojo chose her short story Blood out of 125 entries. Rodríguez was praised for skilfully putting together a very current story in which youth language blends with literary discourse and leads the audience to an ending which allows them to piece together the scenes and reinterpret their conclusions.

Second place was awarded to Rodolfo A. Rico for Para siempre, while Juan Manuel Romero‘s Palmadas en el hombro took third place. The following all received honourable mentions:

Día de gracia by Pedro Varguillas; Flor by Isabella Saturno; La mesa by Víctor Mosqueda Allegri; La muerte elocuente by Yorman Alirio Vera; La vida sexual y triste by Diego Alejandro Martínez; Una escena al estilo de Steven Seagal by Roberto Enrique Araque and Ya no seré otra habitante by Rosanna Álvarez Barroeta.

The judges also highlighted the wide participation by authors from regions across the country and those living abroad.The three winners will receive a cash prize of Bs. 12,000 (about £1100), Bs. 6,000 and Bs.3,000 respectively.

You can read the full verdict in the original Spanish at Ficción Breve.

Nominations for Premio de la Crítica 2012 announced

novelas de 2012The Premio de la Crítica a la Novela for 2012, organised by Ficción Breve Venezolana, with the support of the Sociedad de Amigos de la Cultura Urbana and Librería Noctua, announced on 22 June its 15 contenders. The jury, comprising Professors Luis Barrera Linares, Laura Febres and Valmore Muñoz Arteaga will announce the winner, and up to three finalists, in September.

The novels in the running, in alphabetical order, are:
  1. Amantes letales, Eloi Yagüe (Ediciones B)
  2. Aquella mirada tan triste, David Hernández Rodríguez (Fundación Cultural Barinas)
  3. Catalina de Miranda, Xiomary Urbáez (Planeta)
  4. Ciudad abandonada en el fondo de mi corazón, Laura Antillano (Monte Ávila)
  5. El amigo imaginario, Pedro Rángel Mora (Monte Ávila)
  6. El jardín de los pecados, José Domingo Vázquez (Narrativa Co-Bo)
  7. El requetemuerto, José Pulido (Ediciones B)
  8. La casa entre dos soles, Marisa Vannini de Gerulewicz (Narrativa Co-Bo)
  9. Las mujeres de Houdini, Sonia Chocrón (Bruguera)
  10. Liubliana, de Eduardo Sánchez Rugeles (Bruguera)
  11. Los incurables, Fedrico Vegas (Alfa)
  12. Massaua, Arnoldo Rosas (FB Libros)
  13. Misionero del nuevo mundo, Luisa María Celis (Alfa)
  14. Mujer de tiza, Daniel Alberto Linares (Monte Ávila)
  15. Nosotros todos, Manuel Acedo Sucre (Oscar Todtmann Editores)

Read the original announcement from Ficción Breve here.

Winners of the VII Premio de Cuentos Policlinica Metropolitana para Jovenes Autores announced

Congratulations to Delia Mariana Arismendi, who won first place in the VII Premio de Cuentos Policlinica Metropolitana para Jovenes Autores for her short story ‘Barricadas’. Judges Rubi Guerra, Gisela Kozak Rovero and Fedosy Santaella unanimously chose Arismendi’s story out of 118 entries from all over Venezuela. Second place was awarded to ‘Para Elisa’ by Gabriel Payares while Maikel Ramírez Álvarez took third place with ‘Apocalipsis a la carté’. The following all received honourable mentions:

‘Esta Propatria’ by Nora Edén Mora; ‘Decembrina noche caraqueña’ by Andrea Carolina López; ‘No somos modernos’ by Ricardo Ramírez Requena; ‘También sobre el alma nieva’ by Carlos De Santis and ‘Friend’ signed with the pseudonym Caín.

The judges praised ‘Barricadas’, whose author had won second prize in last year’s contest, for constructing a deep, raw and moving story of one of those characters on the edges of society who are usually treated with a lack of understanding or as a joke, in a truthful way, without clichés. They called the story ‘richly human and full of nuances’.

You can read the full verdict on Prodavinci. The three winners will receive a cash prize of Bs 10,000 (about £1000), 5,000 and 2,500 respectively, and a compilation of all the finalists’ stories will be published.

Víctor Alarcón Wins 2012 Oswaldo Trejo Short Story Prize

You can read the full verdict here.

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.

Find out more at armandojosesequera.blogspot.com

Jacqueline Goldberg wins the Sociedad de Amigos de la Cultura Urbana cross-genre prize

Read the original article (in Spanish) on prodavinci.com.

Venezuelan writer Jacqueline Goldberg (Maracaibo, 1966) has won the 12th Concusro Transgenérico (cross-genre prize) organised by the Sociedad de Amigos de la Cultura Urbana (Society of Friends of Urban Culture), with her work Las horas claras (The Clear Hours). It is a text which, perfectly translating the spirit of the competition, offers a cross between novel and poetry. The jury, comprising Gina Saraceni, Héctor Torres and Joaquín Marta Sosa praised the work both for they way it approaches loss, as well as its crossing of generic borders, with “a style and language of high literary quality”. They called Las horas claras a “beautiful and unclassifiable hybrid that brings together poetry, history and novel”.

Jacqueline Goldberg has a proven track-record in poetry, with more than ten published works. Among other acknowledgements, she has won the Miguel Vicente Pata Caliente National Prize for Children’s Literature (1993) and the Mariano Picón Salas Poetry Biennial (2001).

The jury also indicated that a large part of the almost fifty works presented were of high quality, which reaffirms the creative power of Venezuelan literature. They particularly recommended the following finalists: Con trazos de seda (With Lines of Silk) by Cecilia Rodriguez, Alambrada (Barbed Wire) by Patricia Valdivia and Santa Angela del Cerro by Eloi Yague.

The Cross-Genre Prize was founded in 2001. Previous winners include Gina Saraceni, Roberto Martinez Bachrich, Arturo Gutiérrez Plaza, Diego Bautista Urbaneja and Andrés Stambouli.