Literature: how much money do the most important prizes in the world give?

Recently, the Planeta de Novela Prize raised its prize to one million euros (almost 1.16 million dollars, or just over 23.5 million pesos) according to its president, José Creuheres, making him one of the best financially gifted in the world.

The Spanish Group Planeta announced this Thursday, on the eve of the award of the same name, that, coinciding with its 70th edition, the prize for the winner is almost doubled, from 601 thousand euros to one million, which places it at the head of this type of awards.

But it is not the only one, because the Million Poet (‘The Poet of the Million’) which is the award offered by a program on the network Abu Dhabi TV, from the United Arab Emirates, very popular in the Middle East. The winner of the best poem in Arabic receives approximately 1.41 million euros, that is, just over 33.35 million pesos.

Below the Emirati and Spanish Planet awards, there is the Nobel Prize for Literature, awarded annually by the Swedish Academy and it is the most prestigious among those summoned in the world, and also, one of the highest paying.

At this time, the winner receives 10 million Swedish crowns, which translates into no less than 1.15 million dollars, or 23.43 million pesos. That is, the Tanzanian writer Abdulrazak Gurnah was the one who received the juicy award.

Also in Sweden, the government recognizes each year with the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award to an author of children’s literature, illustrator or promoter of reading from anywhere in the world. The winner receives the amount of 5 million Swedish crowns, which means 578 thousand euros, just over 13.5 million pesos.

A little lower in terms of quantity, the International Ibsen Award (‘Den internajonale Ibsenprisen’) that honors a person, institution or organization that has brought new artistic dimensions to the world of drama or theater. The award was established by the Norwegian government in 2008 and is awarded around 300 thousand dollars, just over 6 million pesos.

The Cino del Duca de Francia International Prize is awarded annually and recognizes an author whose work, scientific or literary, has stood out in the field of humanism. It is endowed with about 300 thousand euros, about 7 million pesos.

As for Mexico, it also pays well for the Carlos Fuentes International Prize for Literary Creation in the Spanish language. This one has a bag of 250 thousand dollars, just over 5 million pesos. It is delivered on November 11, the day Carlos Fuentes was born and, in addition to the financial amount, the winner receives a sculptural work designed by Vicente Rojo and a diploma. The Spanish-Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa, in 2012; the Nicaraguan Sergio Ramírez, in 2014; or the Spanish Luis Goytisolo, in 2018, are some of its holders.

The same $ 250,000 awarded for the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize (‘Gish Prize award’), which is one of the most prestigious in the United States. It is not only a literary award, as it has also recognized personalities from the different arts. This year’s edition went to the American poet Sonia Sánchez and among her winners are the Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel, the actor Robert Redford and the also writers Arthur Miller and Isabel Allende.

The award Alfaguara contributes to the dissemination of literature in Spanish written on both sides of the Atlantic. Founded in 1964, it currently awards 175 thousand euros, just over 3.5 million pesos. The writer Pilar Quintana with ‘Los abismos’ was her last winner.

The award Katara from Arabic novel is sponsored by Qatar and was born in 2014. The winner’s prize rises to 200 thousand dollars (4 million pesos) and is one of the most important for its prize pool, since it totals 650 thousand (13 million pesos). It is divided into several categories, with five winners in each.

Along with these awards, which mix the literary and commercial profiles, there are others as important as the French Goncourt that, despite being endowed with a symbolic 10 euros (11.5 dollars or about 230 pesos), has a great projection, or the British Booker for the best original novel written in the English language and with a prize of 50 thousand pounds (68 thousand 500 dollars or 1.4 million pesos).


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Literature: how much money do the most important prizes in the world give?

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