Premio Minotauro, the international science fiction, fantasy and horror award offered to the best unpublished novel by a Spanish or Latin American author, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Organized for the first time in 2004 by Ediciones Minotauro, a publishing house with more than 55 years of experience on the Spanish speculative fiction market, Premio Minotauro is awarded by a jury of seven persons chosen by the publishers, consists in a prize of 10,000 euro and the respective novel is published by Ediciones Minotauro. The previous nine winners of the award are:
2004 – “Máscaras de matar” (Masks of killing) by León Arsenal
2005 – “Los sicarios del cielo” (The assassins of Heaven) by Rodolfo Martínez
2006 – “Señores del Olimpo” (Lords of Olympus) by Javier Negrete
2007 – “Gothika” by Clara Tahoces
2008 – “El libro de Nobac” (The book of Nobac) by Federico Fernández Giordano
2009 – “El Templo de la Luna” (The temple of the moon) by Fernando J. López del Oso
2010 – “Crónicas del Multiverso” (Chronicles of the multiverse) by Víctor Conde
2011 – “Ciudad sin estrellas” (City without stars) by Montse de Paz2012 – “La Torre Prohibida” (The Forbidden Tower) by David Zurdo and Ángel Gutiérrez
The jury of the X International Science Fiction and Fantasy Award organized by Ediciones Minotauro, formed by Ángel Gutiérrez and David Zurdo (the previous winners), Fernando Delgado, Juan Eslava Galán, Laura Falcó, Ángela Vallvey and José López Jara (as secretary) will decided the winner of the 10th Premio Minotauro from the list of five finalists:
“Volverás a Toledo” (Returning to Toledo) by Alfonso X (pseudonym)
“Thot” (Thot) by Javier Couto
“El Club de los Cinco Minutos” (The Five Minutes Club) by Andrés Moutas
“El Bosque del Dios Lobo” (The Forest of the Wolf God) by Mayte Navales“Panteón” (Pantheon) by Alicia Sotomonte (pseudonym)
The winner of the 10th edition will be announced in Madrid on 12th February.
For the 10th edition of Premio Minotauro a total of 590 manuscripts have been received, almost triple than the previous edition and the highest number of entries since the inauguration of the award. Once again the manuscripts came from a broad geographic range, most of them, 362, received from Spain, followed by 199 from Latin America, especially Argentina, 66, and Mexico, 55. For the first time in the history of the award manuscripts in digital format were accepted and with this occasion the geographic coverage increased, reaching countries such as United States, Australia, China, Tunisia, Netherlands or Haiti. More than 90% of the received manuscripts, 543, came in electronic format.
Congratulations and good luck to all the nominees!