Portugal Telecom Lit Prize Reveals Long List

Sixty authors made the long list for the Prêmio Portugal Telecom de Literatura (Portugal Telecom Prize for Literature, sponsored by the telecommunications firm of the same name), one of the most important prizes for books written in Portuguese and published in Brazil.

There are 20 competitors in each category — novel, poetry and short stories. For the 2012 prize, which comprises books published last year, there are 54 authors from Brazil, five from Portugal and one from São Tomé and Príncipe. A total of 502 entries were received, 25 percent more than in 2011.

This is the tenth year that award has been held, but it’s the first year that the entries have been separated into genres. R$50,000 will be given to to the winner in each genre, plus one author will win the Grand Prize and an extra R$50,000, bringing the total prize money for the awards to R$200,000 (US$82,000). Before, the Portugal Telecom Prize awarded first, second and third place prizes totaling R$150,000 regardless of genre.

A jury will pick the shortlist of 12 books in September and the winners will be announced in November.

Prêmio São Paulo de Literatura (São Paulo Award for Literature), another important prize (and currently the largest in Brazil in terms of value), announced in May it has received 209 valid entries this year. It is sponsored by the government of the state of São Paulo and divides R$400,000 between two winners: Best Novel of the Year and Best Novel – Debut Author of the Year. It hasn’t revealed its short list yet, which will have 10 finalists in each category.

Prêmio Portugal Telecom de Literatura’s long list:

Novels

  • A Maldição de Ondina, by António Cabrita (Associação Cultural Letra Selvagem)
  • A Máquina de Fazer Espanhóis, by Valter Hugo Mãe (Cosac Naify)
  • A Vendedora de Fósforos, by Adriana Lunardi (Rocco)
  • Diário da Queda, by Michel Laub (Companhia das Letras)
  • Dois Rios, by Tatiana Salem Levy (Record)
  • Domingos sem Deus, by Luiz Ruffato (Record)
  • Don Solidon, by Hélio Pólvora (Casarão do verbo)
  • Habitante Irreal, by Paulo Scott (Alfaguara)
  • Infâmia, by Ana Maria Machado (Alfaguara)
  • K., by Bernardo Kucinski (Expressão Popular)
  • Meu Pseudônimo e Eu, by Marco Guimarães (Octavo)
  • Minas do Ouro, by Frei Betto (Rocco)
  • O Passeador, by Luciana Hidalgo (Rocco)
  • O Senhor do Lado Esquerdo, by Alberto Mussa (Record)
  • Perdição, by Luiz Vilela (Record)
  • Poltrona 27, by Carlos Herculano Lopes (Record)
  • Procura do Romance, by Julián Fuks (Record)
  • Tapete do Silêncio, by Menalton Braff (Global)
  • Uma Duas, by Eliane Brum (Leya)
  • Vermelho Amargo, by Bartolomeu Campos de Queiróz (Cosac Naify)

Short Stories

  • 18 Crônicas e Mais Algumas, by Maria Rita Kehl (Boitempo Editorial)
  • A Morena da Estação, by Ignácio de Loyola Brandão (Editora Moderna)
  • A Palavra Ausente, by Marcelo Moutinho (Rocco)
  • Amores Mínimos, by João Anzanello Carrascoza (Record)
  • Axilas e Outras Histórias Indecorosas, by José Rubem Fonseca (Nova Fronteira)
  • Borralheiro – Minha Viagem pela Casa, by Fabricio Carpinejar (Bertrand Brasil)
  • Cantos do Mundo, by Evando Nascimento (Record)
  • Certos Homens, by Ivan Angelo (Arquipélago Editorial)
  • Crônicas do Mundo ao Revés, by Flávio Aguiar (Boitempo Editorial)
  • Em Algum Lugar do Paraíso, by Luis Fernando Verissimo (Objetiva)
  • Então Você Quer Ser Escritor?, by Miguel Sanches Neto (Record)
  • Esse Inferno vai Acabar, by Humberto Werneck (Arquipélago Editorial)
  • Histórias da Gravana, by Olinda Beja (Escrituras)
  • Insubmissas Lágrimas de Mulheres, by Conceição Evaristo (Nandyala)
  • Ler o Mundo, by Affonso Romano de Sant’Anna (Global)
  • O Anão e a Ninfeta, by Dalton Trevisan (Record)
  • O Escandinavo Deslumbrado, by Alberto Xavier (Gryphus)
  • O Livro de Praga, by Sérgio Sant’Anna (Companhia das Letras)
  • Passaporte para a China, by Lygia Fagundes Telles (Companhia das Letras)
  • Vento Sul, by Vilma Arêas (Companhia das Letras)

Poetry

  • A Fera Incompletude, by Fabrício Marques (Dobra Editorial)
  • Alumbramentos, by Maria Lúcia Dal Farra (Iluminuras)
  • Carpideiras, by Jussara Salazar (7Letras)
  • Ciclopico Olho, by Horácio Costa (Annablume)
  • Da Arte das Armadilhas, by Ana Martins Marques (Companhia das Letras)
  • Escarpas, by Gastão Cruz (Móbile)
  • Escritos em verbal de ave, by Manoel de Barros (Leya)
  • Figurantes, by Sérgio Medeiros (Iluminuras)
  • Isto a que Falta um Nome, by Cláudio Neves (É Realizações)
  • Junco, by Nuno Ramos (Iluminuras)
  • O Metro Nenhum, by Francisco Alvim (Companhia das Letras)
  • O Sol nas Feridas, by Ronaldo Cagiano (Dobra Editorial)
  • Ofício de Sapateiro, by Carlos Newton Júnior (7Letras)
  • Palavra na Berlinda, by Astrid Cabral (Ibis Libris)
  • Roça Barroca, by Josely Vianna Baptista (Cosac Naify)
  • Sísifo Desce a Montanha, by Affonso Romano de Sant’Anna (Rocco)
  • Trans, by Age de Carvalho (Cosac Naify)
  • Tríptico da Súplica, by João Rasteiro (Escrituras)
  • Uma Cerveja no Dilúvio, by Afonso Henriques Neto (7Letras)
  • Vesuvio, by Zulmira Tavares (Companhia das Letras)
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