Miguel de Cervantes Prize

Miguel de Cervantes Prize
Miguel de Cervantes Prize
Presented by Ministry of Culture
Country Spain
Reward €125,000
First awarded 1976

The Miguel de Cervantes Prize (Spanish: Premio Miguel de Cervantes), established in 1976, is awarded annually to honour the lifetime achievement of an outstanding writer in the Spanish language. The prize is similar to the Booker Prize, with its candidates from Commonwealth countries, in that it rewards authors from any Spanish-speaking nation. Unlike the Booker Prize, it is awarded only once in recognition of the recipient's overall body of work and is therefore regarded as a sort of Spanish-language Nobel Prize in Literature. The award is named after Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote.

The candidates are proposed by the Language Academies of the Spanish-speaking countries, and the prize is awarded by the Ministry of Culture of Spain. The winner receives a monetary award of 125,000 euros, it is one of the richest literary prizes in the world.


Year Winner Country[A]
1976 Jorge Guillén Spain
1977 Alejo Carpentier Cuba
1978 Dámaso Alonso Spain
1979 [1] Jorge Luis Borges 1951, by Grete Stern.jpg Jorge Luis Borges Argentina
Gerardo Diego Spain
1980 Juan Carlos Onetti Uruguay
1981 Octavio Paz.gif Octavio Paz Mexico
1982 Luis Rosales Spain
1983 Rafael Alberti Spain
1984 Ernesto Sabato circa 1972.jpg Ernesto Sabato Argentina
1985 Gonzalo Torrente Ballester Spain
1986 Antonio Buero Vallejo Spain
1987 Carlos Fuentes.jpg Carlos Fuentes Mexico
1988 Mzambrano.jpg María Zambrano Spain
1989 Roa.jpg Augusto Roa Bastos Paraguay
1990 Bioy.png Adolfo Bioy Casares Argentina
1991 Francisco Ayala Spain
1992 Dulce María Loynaz Cuba
1993 Miguel Delibes Spain
1994 Mario Vargas Llosa (2010).jpg Mario Vargas Llosa Peru
1995 Camilo José Cela Spain
1996 José García Nieto Spain
1997 Guillermo Cabrera Infante Cuba
1998 José Hierro Spain
1999 Jorge Edwards Chile
2000 Francisco Umbral Spain
2001 Álvaro Mutis Colombia
2002 José Jiménez Lozano Spain
2003 Gonzalo Rojas Chile
2004 Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio Spain
2005 Sergio Pitol Mexico
2006 Antonio Gamoneda Spain
2007 Juan Gelman -presidenciagovar- 31JUL07.jpg Juan Gelman Argentina
2008 Juan Marsé Mexico
2009 Jeppacheco.jpg José Emilio Pacheco Mexico
2010 Ana María Matute.jpg Ana María Matute Spain


  1. ^ Ex-aequo award.

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