Cuban writer María de las Nieves Morales won second prize at the 37 International Hucha de Oro (literally, Golden Piggy Bank) Short Story Contest by Fundación Cajas de Ahorros de Madrid, Spain.
Her story “Un angel en la vía” (An angel on the Road) won the prize from among nearly 3,000 works from 46 countries.
The organizers highlighted the participation of 207 stories from Argentina and 93 from Cuba, the two most represented countries after the host nation.
The Golden Piggy Bank Award is considered one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the Spanish language.
Morales, a member of Duo Ad Libitum, has won 12 literary prizes in other contests, including the International Poetry Prize Francisco de Quevedo, becoming a Grand Commander of the Order of Literature of the same name, becoming the first non Spanish writer to receive the highest level of this important Literary Order.
She was born in 1969 and studied psychology. She was also awarded the First Prize of the International Contest of Décima Espinela (ten-verse stanzas) in Tuineje, Canary Islands.
Her book Otra vez la nave de los locos (The ship of fools again) won the Cucalambe’s Ibero-American Décima Prize.