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The Department of Culture of the City Council of Caravaca presents the poster of the literary contest 'Albacara' (09/09/2019)

The 'Albacara' is composed of the International Prize for Mystic Poetry 'San Juan de la Cruz', the International Narrative Prize 'Ciudad de la Cruz' and the 'Mandarines School' Prize

The Councilor for Culture at the Caravaqueño Consistory, Juan Manuel de León, accompanied by the prior of the Barefoot Carmelites of Caravaca, Father Pascual Gil, has presented the poster announcing the 'Albacara' Literary Contest, consisting of three contest lines: Prize Mystic Poetry International 'San Juan de la Cruz', International Narrative Award 'Ciudad de la Cruz' and the 'Mandarin School' Prize.

The poster has been designed by those responsible for the Marketing department of the Queen Desserts Group.

Both the head of Culture and the superior of the Carmelites have highlighted the long history of this event, with about forty years of history.

They also recalled that last year it was given a new dimension, incorporating more awards and modalities in order to achieve greater reach, opening to writers and fans of literature of all ages, beyond the traditional youth and children's awards .

The deadline for submission of works is open until October 31 and these must be sent to the House of Culture 'Emilio Sáez', located in Plaza del Templete s / n Caravaca de la Cruz.

The bases are available for consultation and in the blog of the Municipal Library (

The awards ceremony will take place on December 14, coinciding with the day of San Juan de la Cruz, patron of the poets.

The contest is organized by the City Council of Caravaca de la Cruz, in collaboration with the Barefoot Carmelite Fathers of Caravaca, and sponsored by the Editorial 'Gollarín' and the Grupo Desserts Reina.

In its latest edition, it was composed of the 'Mandarin School Prize', the 'Ciudad de la Cruz Narrative Prize' and the 'San Juan de la Cruz Mystic Poetry Prize', the last two modalities now acquire international character, as long as the works are urinals and written in Spanish.

The 'Albacara' Prize emerged in the city of Caravaca de la Cruz in 1972, under the figure of San Juan de la Cruz and the Carmelite Fathers, to promote literary creation among adolescents and young people.

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

Source: Ayuntamiento de Caravaca de la Cruz

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