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The Jesús Serra Foundation presents the prizes for the 12th Poetry Competition

"The Jesús Serra Foundation will present the prizes to the winners of the 12th Jesús Serra Foundation Poetry Competition on 27 June. The event will take place at 6:30pm at the Ateneu Barcelonès and will be attended by representatives from the Asociación Colegial de Escritores de Cataluña (ACEC) (Catalonia Writers' Association)."

Thus, the Jesús Serra Foundation celebrates its twelfth consecutive year acknowledging and promoting poetry in Spanish and Catalan. This year's competition, which has received record participation with over 1,000 poems submitted, is divided into three categories: "A" for participants over 18 years old, with a prize of €2,500; “B”, for authors between 14 and 17 years old, with a prize of €1,500 and “C”, aimed at participants between the ages of 10 and 13 years, with a prize of €800.

The winners were selected by a jury made up of renowned writers and professionals from the art world, such as Josefa Contijoch (1981 Miquel Martí i Pol Poetry Award and 1994 Salvador Espriu Poetry Award), Elena Medel (2013 Loewe Prize for young creators and 2016 Princesa de Girona de las Artes y las Letras Prize), David Castillo (1997 Carles Riba Prize, 1999 Crexells Prize and 2001 Sant Jordi Prize), the teacher Ricardo Fernández Aguilá and the cultural manager, Alejandro Krawietz. The winners of this year's competition are: 

Category Language Winner Origin

Winning poem

A Spanish

Daniel Wence Partida

 Zazopán (Jalisco)

“Abuela y locomotora”

A Catalan

Albert Garcia

Barcelona 

“Meatpacking district”

B Spanish

 

Mario García

Getafe (Madrid) 

“El muchacho”

B Catalan

Laura Ramos

Barcelona 

“Deliri atemporal”

C Spanish

Lara Guiomar

Guadarrama (Madrid) 

"Mi escuela ideal soñada"

C Catalan

Raúl Guasch

Barcelona 

“Pensaments d’un moribund”

Over 1,000 poems were submitted, 12% in Catalan and 88% in Spanish. This year, the competition saw an increase in the number of poems by children and young people. 5% of the poems presented were written by young people under 17 years old. The poets participating in this year's competition were mostly Spanish nationals, although some entries were by writers from countries in Latin American and the United States.

All news about the Jesús Serra Foundation Poetry Competition can be found on social networks with the hashtag # PremioPoesíaFJS

Awards ceremony of the 12th Jesús Serra Foundation Poetry Competition:

Date: Thursday, 27 June 2019

Time: 6:30pm

Place: Sala Verdaguer, Ateneu Barcelonès, carrer de la Canuda, 8, Barcelona

After the ceremony, a cocktail reception will be held for all guests in the Ateneu lobby.

Collaborators: Associació Col·legial d'Escriptors de Catalunya (ACEC)

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