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The most prestigious literature prizes in Brazil are Prêmio Portugal Telecom de Literatura and Jabuti (CBL), but there are many others each year and the competition is fierce. Recently the São Paulo State Secretary of Culture launched its own literary prize, now the highest amount, for a published work by a Brazilian writer. Besides the many national prizes and sponsorships given by federal institutions (MinC - Ministry of Culture, Funarte, Petrobras, Biblioteca Nacional, among others), just about every state in Brazil has its local prize or programme of sponsorship for writers. For the media and general public recognition, however, despite its much smaller cultural relevance, the most traditional prize (now in its 50th year) is still the Jabuti, with its twenty categories, among which a jury selects the Book of the Year both for fiction and non-fiction, with a prize of R$30,000 each. We list some of the winners below.
Prêmio São Paulo de Literatura
Created in 2008 by São Paulo State Secretary of Culture, its total prize is R$400,000, divided between Best Book and Best First Book.
This prize is awarded to the three best literary works written in Portuguese (novel, short-story, poetry, chronicle, drama, biography or autobiography). In 2008 they celebrated the 6th edition.
R$100,000 for the winner; R$35,000 for the runner up and R$15,000 for third place.
The most valuable prize in Brazil for youth books: R$30,000 and publication of the work by SM editions
This prize is promoted by Foundation SM and awarded every year since 2004 for works written in any language spoken in the Ibero-American community. The prize is worth US$30,000.
Organised by the Fundação Nacional do Livro Infantil e Juvenil (FNLIJ — Young Readers Books National Foundation). The prize is a ‘Highly Recommended’ stamp.
Since 2004 Brazilian magazine BRAVO! awards a trophy for the best work of literature and other categories.
Organised by the Associação Paulista dos Críticos de Arte (APCA- Association of Arts Critics of São Paulo). APCA has a trophy for the best novel and several other categories.
This is the prize of the Academia Brasileira de Letras (ABL-Brazilian Academy of Letters). Three best works about a specific theme selected each year receive R$10,000, R$6,000 and R$3,000)
Experiences of promoting reading all over the country, with R$ 30,000 for the best educational project.
The literary agent Stéphane Chao is the curator of this prize (not a financial prize) for the best foreign fiction published in Brazil.