Paula Perez Alonso //

Paula Perez Alonso wins the National Prize for Novels Sara Gallardo with her work Kaidú.

The aim of the contest is to recognise the creation and literary quality of Argentinean women authors -cis, lesbians, transvestites, transsexuals and transgender people- and to award the best novel published in Argentina in the last year. The name of the prize is a tribute to the Argentinean writer and journalist Sara Gallardo (1931-1988).

Five works were chosen to receive special mentions, among them Antes que desaparezca by Sylvia Iparraguirre.

This year’s jury consists of the writers María Rosa Lojo, Esther Cross, and I Acevedo and the winner will receive 600,000 Argentinian Pesos (approx. 3,300 euros).

In this second edition of the competition, 91 novels were submitted, from different provinces, representative of different voices and narratives, and published by independent, university and large publishing groups. In 2021, the first prize went to the novel La sed, by the poet, journalist and editor Marina Yuszczuk.

On Wednesday 21 December, the author will receive the award at the Casa Nacional del Bicentenario, in Buenos Aires.