The Casa Prize, one of the most prestigious literary competitions on the continent, has an undeniable impact among Latin American and Caribbean writers. Such is the case that, every year, hundreds of works reach the institution’s headquarters in Havana.
According to essayist Jorge Fornet, director of the Literary Research Center, which organizes the contest, for the 57th edition, more than 400 works have been received. The established categories include story, theater, artistic-literary essay, Brazilian literature, Caribbean literature in French or Creole, and studies of indigenous American cultures.
The number of works involved is a significant element of the Casa Prize, which has become a sort of thermometer reflecting current themes, trends and poetics.