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The 'Albacara' literary prizes are renewed, incorporating two new national participation categories (11/09/2018)

The City of Caravaca de la Cruz has relaunched the 'Albacara Awards' to achieve a greater reach among writers of all ages and strengthen the link of the literary contest with the figure of San Juan de la Cruz.

For this call, the Department of Culture has had the collaboration of the group Postres Reina, the publishing house Gollarín and the Discalced Carmelites.

The bases that govern the renewed contest incorporate two new categories of participation of national scope, besides the traditional youthful and infantile prizes,

The presentation of the new 'Albacara' has taken place in the facilities in Caravaca de Desires Reina, with the presence of the mayor, José Moreno;

the Prior of the Discalced Carmelites, Pascual Gil;

the president of the aforementioned business group, Alfonso López, and the Gollarín editor, Francisco Marín.

"The idea in which we have worked intends to oversize the event so that it reaches the level it deserves, but without losing its original character and that it continues to be an incentive and a stimulus for those young people who are initiated into literary creation", according to informed mayor, who has indicated that with this new vision, the Albacara will consolidate as literary awards of reference in Spain.

In this edition of 2018, the Albacara prizes, in addition to the traditional "Infantile and Juvenile" convocation that will be identified from now on with the denomination "Mandarin School Prize" in homage to the work of the Caravaque writer Miguel Espinosa, adds the call for the " National award of narrative City of the Cross ", on local thematic, for majors of 18 years, and in recognition to the caravaqueño writer Gregorio Javier.

Likewise, within the contest, the "San Juan de la Cruz National Mystic Poetry Prize" has also been called, aimed at people over 18 years of age, to signify the figure of the famous mystic patron of Spanish poets and their connection to the city of Caravaca de la Cruz

The Albacara Prize was created in the city of Caravaca de la Cruz in 1972, under the figure of San Juan de la Cruz, in order to promote literary creation among adolescents and young people.

Since then, there have been many people who, having debuted in this contest, are credited today as recognized writers and poets in the regional, national and even international.

The initiative arose within the Club Edith Stein of the Discalced Carmelite Fathers and in 1980 the organization passed to the Caravaca de la Cruz Town Hall, continuing until the present time.

The `National Prize of Narrative City of the Cross' will be granted to literary works related to the municipality of Caravaca de la Cruz and its surroundings, in the different cultural, traditional, religious, historical, festive, customary, human, etc. , honoring the caravaqueño writer Gregorio Javier.

A single prize of 1,500 euros is established.

In this edition, the jury will be chaired by the writer from Caravaca Luis Leante and composed of a cast of people related to literature and literary creation.

For its part, the `San Juan de la Cruz National Mystical Poetry Award 'is aimed at people over 18 years of age, with the mystical theme as the main axis of the work.

A single prize of 3,500 euros is established.

The jury will be chaired this year by the poet and literary critic Luis Bagué Quílez.

The deadline for submission of works, for all cases, will be open until November 14 and, continuing the tradition of the last decades, the award ceremony will be held on December 14, coinciding with the day of San Juan de La Cruz, patron of the poets in the Spanish language.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Caravaca de la Cruz

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