Alfaguara has obtained the National Award for the Best Cultural Editorial Work corresponding to the year 2021, granted by the Ministry of Culture and Sports, “in recognition of its role in the history of Spanish publishing “.

The jury has assessed “his contribution to the training of readers in the best international narrative, its role in the diffusion of the creation in Spanish of both shores and its innovative contribution to children’s and young people’s literature“.

The award is intended to distinguish the entire editorial work of a natural or legal person who has stood out for their outstanding and innovative contribution to Spanish cultural life. It is honorary and, therefore, lacks financial endowment.

The label was founded in 1964 by Camilo José Cela and his brothers Juan Carlos and Jorge Cela Trulock. During that time the publishing house published a good list of Spanish authors and created the Alfaguara Novel Prize in 1965.

Jaime Salinas took his direction in 1975 and relaunched Alfaguara as a new and ambitious publishing project. The Children’s and Youth Literature collection was also born at that time.

In 1980, Alfaguara became part of the Santillana Group, thus expanding its activity to the field of general publishing and with works of literary creation for all ages. In 1993, under the direction of Juan Cruz, the Alfaguara Global project was launched, with simultaneous publishing in Spain and Latin America. Since 2013 Alfaguara is part of the Penguin Random House group.

The jury has been chaired by Maria Jose Galvez, general director of the Book and Promotion of Reading, and acting as vice president Begoña Cerro, Deputy Director General for the Promotion of Spanish Books, Reading and Literature.

In addition, it has been formed by: Antonio Rodríguez Castro, by the Association of Writers of Spain (ACE); María Elena Azofra Sierra, for the UNED Center for Gender Studies; Antonio Serrano Cueto, for the Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities (CRUE); Concepción Tejedor Fernández-Escribano, for the Federation of Associations of Journalists of Spain (FAPE); Mikel Esnal Zalacain, for the Federation of National Associations of Publishing Distributors (FANDE); Miguel Barrero Maján, for the Federation of Publishers Guilds of Spain (FGEE); Antonio Areán Fernández, on behalf of Árdora Ediciones, awarded in 2020; Sara Sánchez Asensi, for the Spanish Confederation of Booksellers Guilds and Associations (CEGAL) and Raúl Carlos Maícas Pallarés, appointed by the Minister of Culture and Sports.

This Award was awarded for the first time in 1994 to the publishers Tusquets and Anagrama. In successive years the publishers have been awarded: Hiperión, Alianza, Gredos, Cátedra, Pre-Textos, Castalia, Visor, Trotta, Biblioteca Nueva, Valdemar, El Acantilado and Quaderns Crema (in the person of Jaume Vallcorba), Renacimiento, Siruela, Follow me, Galaxia / Círculo de Lectores, Criticism, the Seven Editorials of the Context Project, Gadir, Marcial Pons, Alba, Akal, Salamandra, Libros del Zorro Rojo, Kalandraka, Turner, Trea, Antonio Machado Libros, Kairós, Austral, Media Vaca, Foam and Ardora Editions Pages.

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