Cervantes Prize

Cervantes Prize
   The Cervantes Prize is the most prestigious, though not the most valuable, literary prize in Spain, often described in the media as the Spanish equivalent of the Nobel Prize for Literature. By the mid-1990s, its value stood at 15m pesetas. It is awarded annually for major contributions to literature in Spanish, and is not confined to writers originating or domiciled in Spain. The 1996 winner was the poet José García Nieto, and the previous year it was won, somewhat controversially, by the veteran writer Camilo José Cela, who had on previous occasions made scathing remarks about the competition.

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