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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 Jabuti 2008

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.

Prêmio Portugal Telecom de Literatura

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.

Prêmio Barco a Vapor

The most valuable prize in Brazil for youth books: R$30,000 and publication of the work by SM editions

IV Prêmio Ibero-Americano SM de Literatura Infantil e Juvenil

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.

Prêmio FNLIJ 2009 — O Melhor para Criança

Organised by the Fundação Nacional do Livro Infantil e Juvenil (FNLIJ — Young Readers Books National Foundation). The prize is a ‘Highly Recommended’ stamp.

Prêmio Bravo!

Since 2004 Brazilian magazine BRAVO! awards a trophy for the best work of literature and other categories.

Prêmio Apca

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.

Prêmio Afrânio Coutinho 2008

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)

Prêmio VivaLeitura 2008

Experiences of promoting reading all over the country, with R$ 30,000 for the best educational project.

Prêmio Cunhambebe de Literatura Estrangeira

The literary agent Stéphane Chao is the curator of this prize (not a financial prize) for the best foreign fiction published in Brazil.