FIL Award

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Ida Vitale (left) receiving the award in 2018.

The FIL Literary Award in Romance Languages (previously Juan Rulfo Prize for Latin American and Caribbean Literature), is awarded to writers of any genre of literature (poetry, novels, plays, short stories and literary essays), having as a means of artistic expression one of the Romance languages: Spanish, Catalan, Galician, French, Occitan, Italian, Romanian or Portuguese. Endowed with $150,000, it is given to a writer in recognition to all their work, making it one of the richest literary prizes in the world.[1]

It was created in 1991 to acknowledge, in the beginning, writers of literature from Latin America or the Caribbean. It is organized by Mexico's National Council for Culture and Arts, the University of Guadalajara, the government of the state of Jalisco, and the Fondo de Cultura Económica and is named in honor of writer Juan Rulfo, a native of Sayula, Jalisco. It is awarded during the Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL).

The name "Juan Rulfo" is a registered trademark and the Rulfo family asked that it be removed from association with the prize. As a result, beginning in 2006, the award was renamed FIL Literary Award in Romance Languages.[citation needed]

Prize winners[edit]

Year Author Nationality
1991 Nicanor Parra Chile
1992 Juan José Arreola Mexico
1993 Eliseo Diego Cuba
1994 Julio Ramón Ribeyro Peru
1995 Nélida Piñon Brazil
1996 Augusto Monterroso Guatemala
1997 Juan Marsé Spain
1998 Olga Orozco Argentina
1999 Sergio Pitol Mexico
2000 Juan Gelman Argentina
2001 Juan García Ponce Mexico
2002 Cintio Vitier Cuba
2003 Rubem Fonseca Brazil
2004 Juan Goytisolo Spain
2005 Tomás Segovia Spain-Mexico
2006 Carlos Monsiváis Mexico
2007 Fernando del Paso Mexico
2008 António Lobo Antunes Portugal
2009 Rafael Cadenas Venezuela
2010 Margo Glantz Mexico
2011 Fernando Vallejo Colombia
2012 Alfredo Bryce Echenique Peru
2013 Yves Bonnefoy France
2014 Claudio Magris Italy
2015 Enrique Vila-Matas[2] Spain
2016 Norman Manea Romania
2017 Emmanuel Carrère France
2018 Ida Vitale Uruguay
2019 David Huerta[3] Mexico
2020 Lídia Jorge Portugal
2021 Diamela Eltit Chile
2022 Mircea Cărtărescu Romania


  1. ^ Convocatoria 2012[permanent dead link]; acceso 18 April 2012
  2. ^ "Spain's Vila-Matas to receive Mexican literary prize". Fox News. September 8, 2015. Retrieved September 8, 2015.
  3. ^ "El poeta mexicano David Huerta gana el premio FIL de Literatura" [Mexican poet David Huerta wins the FIL Prize for Literature], El Pais (in Spanish), Sep 2, 2019, retrieved Sep 8, 2019

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