The Paul Beckett Poetry Prize has been held annually by the VALPARAISO FOUNDATION since 1999. Its rules stipulate that the prize be awarded to a book or collection of original, unpublished poems written in Spanish, according to the criteria of a judging panel composed of eminent literary figures. The winning book earns 4,000 € and is published in the Beatrice collection. Books from Spain, South America and even several European countries are usually entered.
The winners since 1999 have been:
- Estábamos hablando de ti by Víctor Manuel Miñano.
Paul Beckett Poetry Prize of 1999
- Este vino antiguo by Francisco Mena Cantero and Al final de los ojos y los labios by José Javier Aleixandre.
Paul Beckett Poetry Prize of 2000 (ex aequo)
- Soledad compartida by José Luis Martín Cea.
Paul Beckett Poetry Prize of 2001
- Cuaderno de San Bernardo by Leopoldo de Luís.
Paul Beckett Poetry Prize of 2002
- Por una elevada senda by Antonio Gracia.
Paul Beckett Poetry Prize of 2003
- El arte de los sueños by Mariano Altemir and El felino dormido by Francisca Gata.
Paul Beckett Poetry Prize of 2004 (ex aequo)
- Vivir es ser otro by Juan Van Halen.
Paul Beckett Poetry Prize of 2005
- Leyendas apócrifas de amor y dolor by Jessica Zorogastua.
Paul Beckett Poetry Prize of 2006
- Sucio tango del alma by Óscar Martín Centeno.
Paul Beckett Poetry Prize of 2007
- Sin entrar en detalles, por supuesto by Joaquín Ortega Parra.
Paul Beckett Poetry Prize of 2008
- Tránsito by Marta Policinska and Almas by Antonia Álvarez Álvarez.
Paul Beckett Poetry Prize of 2009 (ex aequo)
- La luz inversa by Ignacio Arrabal.
Paul Beckett Poetry Prize of 2010
- Los Héroes derrotados by Enrique Barrero Rodríguez.
Paul Beckett Poetry Prize of 2011
- Hacia dónde by Antonio Miguel Mejía.
Paul Beckett Poetry Prize of 2012
- Última campanada del silencio by María Luisa García-Ochoa.
Paul Beckett Poetry Prize of 2013
- Tiempo de balcones by Luis Moreno.
Paul Beckett Poetry Prize of 2014
- Sin tiempo ni añoranza by Antonio Manilla.
Paul Beckett Poetry Prize of 2015
- Vanidades y sueños by María Paz Cerrejón and Tentación Botánica by Elisa Rueda.
Paul Beckett Poetry Prize of 2016 (ex aequo)
Some of the members of the various juries that have participated throughout the history of the prize have been: Academics from the Real Academia de la Lengua Española (Royal Academy of the Spanish Language) Valentín García Yebra, Gregorio Salvador, Antonio Mingote y and Luis Mateo Díez, as well as Carlos Bousño (Poet, critic and essayist), José Alcalá-Zamora (Poet and professor of Modern History), Santiago Castelo (Poet and Director of the Royal Academy of Extremadura), Carlos Murciano (Poet and winner of the National Poetry Prize), Leopoldo de Luís (Poet and winner of the National Poetry Prize), Fernando Sánchez – Dragó (Writer and essayist), Julio Alfredo Egea (Almerian poet), Francisco Díaz de Castro (Poet, critic and professor of the University of the Balearic Islands), Luís Alberto de Cuenca (Poet and former secretary of state for the Ministry of Culture), Jesús Munárriz (Poet and Director of Hiperión publishing), Jorge de Arco (Writer and literary critic), Ignacio Elguero (Poet and journalist), Margarita Arroyo (Writer, Poet and Francisco de Quevedo Prize winner), Jesús Tomás Mateos de Don Pedro (Poet and board member of the VALPARAISO FOUNDATION), Gonzalo Santonja (Director of Spanish Language for Castilla León), Carlos María Maínez (Poet), Antonio Murciano (Poet and member of the Hispano-American Royal Academy of Cadiz), Santiago de Mora – Figueroa, Marquis of Tamarón (Writer, Ex Ambassador to London and former Director of the Cervantes Institute), Eduardo Serra (Writer, former President of the Friends of the Prado Museum and former Minister of Defence).
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