The deadline for receipt of original works for the 13th edition of the Revelation Literary Prize Agustina Bessa-Luís and the works of fiction for the 23rd edition of the Fernando Namora Literary Prize will expire on July 31. Despite the pandemic crisis in Covid-19 that continues to worry about the country and the world, Estoril Sol maintained one of the most prestigious initiatives that integrate the calendar of events with cultural relevance. The jury common to the two Awards will be chaired by Guilherme D ‘Oliveira Martins.
Regarding the Agustina Bessa-Luís Revelation Award, it should be noted that Estoril Sol favors, above all, the emergence of new values. For this reason, since 2016, it has abolished the rule that imposed the 35-year age limit on competitors, which has made it possible to streamline the Prize Regulation.
With the extinction of this rule, which was considered restrictive, Estoril Sol responded to requests made by numerous candidates who were unable to participate in the competition. However, the competing novel must remain unpublished, and of Portuguese author, “without any work published in the genre”.
The 13th edition of the Revelation Award Agustina Bessa-Luís will have a value of 10,000 euros and, under the terms of the Regulation, will be
published by Editora Gradiva, in accordance with the existing protocol with Estoril Sol.
Together with the Revelation Literary Prize, the candidacy period for the Fernando Namora Literary Prize, instituted regularly since 1988, remains open and whose Jury was chaired for several years by Agustina Bessa-Luís and, later, by Vasco Graça Moura.
The Fernando Namora Literary Prize is worth 15 thousand euros annually and is intended to award a work of fiction (novel), by a Portuguese author, published in 2019, provided that the writer has not been awarded in the three previous editions.