Finalists were just announced for the 2014 Prêmio São Paulo de Literatura, the award's seventh edition. Ten writers are in the running for Best Novel, with a sweet BRL 200,000 prize. The São Paulo prize famously awards debut novelists, and this year seven are competing for a cool BRL 100,000 prize in the over 40 category, and three under 40. All had to be published for the first time in 2013.
Here's the complete list:
Best Novel of 2013
Adriana Lisboa - Hanói
Alberto Martins - Lívia e o cemitério africano
Ana Luisa Escorel - Anel de vidro
Bernardo Carvalho – Reprodução
Carlos de Brito e Mello - A cidade, o inquisidor e os ordinários
Joca Reiners Terron - A tristeza extraordinária do leopardo-das-neves
Marco Lucchesi - O bibliotecário do imperador
Michel Laub - A maçã envenenada
Rodrigo Lacerda - Carlos Lacerda - A República das abelhas
Sérgio Rodrigues - O Drible
Best Novel by a Debut Author (Over 40)
Amilcar Bettega - Barreira
Cadão Volpato - Pessoas que passam pelos sonhos
Marcelino Freire - Nossos ossos
Flavio Cafiero - O frio aqui fora
João Anzanello Carrascoza - Aos 7 e aos 40
Rogerio Pereira - Na Escuridão, amanhã
Verônica Stigger - Opisanie Swiata
Best Novel by a Debut Author (Under 40)
Ieda Magri - Olhos de bicho
Laura Erber - Esquilos de Pavlov
Marcos Peres - O evangelho segundo Hitler
Don't let the name fool you – writers from any state (or country, actually) can enter the competition, as long as the book was written in Portuguese and published first in Brazil. Out of the finalists, seven writers hail from the state of Rio de Janeiro, followed by three from São Paulo, three from Brazil's third point on the literary triangle, Rio Grande do Sul, three from its fellow southern neighbor, Santa Catarina, two from Minas Gerais, one from northeastern Pernambuco and one from Mato Grasso do Sul.
Big-hitting publisher Companhia das Letras published a total of seven of the finalists. Cosac Naify, publisher of Brazil's prettiest books, in my opinion (some of their cover design eye candy inserted above), has five names on the shortlist.
I'm not aware of any of these books being translated to English currently, but some have been translated into other languages, and several authors have had other works translated to English. In other words, pay attention English-language publishers, and snatch those rights up while you can!