Institute of Puerto Rican Culture Awards for Literature


These are excerpts of a recently–published article “ICP entrega sus Premios de Literatura” from 80grados (3 July 2015), announcing the recent literature awards hosted by the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture:

During the celebration of the sixtieth anniversary of the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture (ICP) the winners of the National Literary Awards were announced. At the ceremony, which was held at the ICP Library in Old San Juan on Sunday, June 28, 2015, winners were announced for awards in the categories of Poetry, Short Story, and Children’s Literature (leaving the awards for Novel and Essay unassigned).

In the newly minted Children’s Literature category, Sylma García González won the award with the book Consultores de misterios. García González, who teaches at the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras, said that “although I have published a book of criticism, this would be my first publication of a literary text [. . .]. The manuscript El día que tu secreto se hizo mío by Mary Bird Picó earned an honorable mention. Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro was the winner in the Short Story category with a story titled “Menorragia.” [. . .] Joel Feliciano’s “Que todo se conecta” was awarded an honorable mention. In the Poetry category, Alberto Prieto Fernández won with Teoría del inverno in the accounted for winter Theory Award Alberto Fernández Prieto, with an honorable mention for Saber de sed by Anthony Hernández Rivera.

[. . .] Ángel Antonio Ruiz Laboy, Director of ICP Press [. . .] expressed gratitude for the warm welcome with which the awards had been received and he stressed the importance of supporting the work done by our writers. He also announced that ICP Press will start working immediately with the editing and publication of the winning manuscripts for presenting in October during the Festival of the Word, an event sponsored by the ICP. He also announced ICP Press had resumed publication of the Literatura Hoy [Literature Today] series, with six new titles coming out next month. This series of inexpensive paperback editions aims to represent the current pulse of literature in the country. [. . .]

For original article (in Spanish), see

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