The Premio Valle Inclán is an annual prize of £2,000 for translations into English of full length Spanish language works of literary merit and general interest. The prize was established in 1997.
The 2021 Premio Valle Inclan Prize
Winner: Fionn Petch
for a translation of A Musical Offering by Luis Sagasti. (Charco Press)
You can watch and listen to a reading of A musical offering by Fionn Petch here.
Runner Up: Lisa Dillman
for a translation of A Luminous Republic by Andrés Barba.(Granta)
With thanks to judges: Margaret Jull Costa and Sarah Maitland.
The 2022 Premio Valle Inclan is now closed for submissions.
- The deadline for submissions is 28 February 2022.
- Entries must be translations from Spanish into English but may be from any period and from anywhere in the world.
- Entries must have been published in 2021.
- Full Terms and Conditions are listed at the start of the entry form.
- Presented at a ceremony in 2023.
For any queries relating to the prize please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
2021 (presented 2022)
Runner-up: Lisa Dillman for a translation of A Luminous Republic by Andrés Barba.(Granta)
Winner: Fionn Petch for a translation of A Musical Offering by Luis Sagasti. (Charco Press)
Annie McDermott for a translation of Dead Girls by Selva Almada. (Charco Press)
Sophie Hughes for a translation of Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor. (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
Christina MacSweeney for a translation of Ramifications by Daniel Saldaña París.(Charco Press).
2020 (presented 2021)
Winner: Katherine Silver for a translation of The Word of the Speechless by Julio Ramon Ribeyro (New York Review Books)
Runner-up: Anne McLean for a transaltion of Lord of All the Dead by Javier Cercas (MacLehose Press)
Shortlist: Richard Gwyn for a translation of Impossible Loves by Darío Jaramillo (Carcanet Poetry)
Abigail Parry and Serafina Vick for a translation of A Little Body are Many Parts by Legna Rodríguez Iglesias (Bloodaxe Books and the Poetry Translation Centre)
Margaret Jull Costa and Sophie Hughes for a translation of Mac and His Problem by Enrique Vila-Matas (Vintage, PRH)
Megan McDowell for a translation of Mouthful of Birds by Samanta Schweblin (Oneworld)
2019 (presented 2020)
Winner: Jessica Sequeira for a translation of Land of Smoke by Sara Gallardo (Pushkin Press)
Runner-up: Sophie Hughes for a translation of The Remainder by Alia Trabucco Zeran (And Other Stories)
Shortlisted: Nick Caistor for a translation of Springtime in a Broken Mirror by Mario Benedetti (Penguin Classics)
Charlotte Coombe for a translation of Fish Soup by Margarita García Robayo (Charco Press)
William Gregory for a translation of The Oberon Anthology of Contemporary Spanish Plays by Borja Ortiz de Gondra, Blanca Doménech, Victor Sánchez Rodríguez, Vanessa Montfort, and Julio Escalada (Oberon Books)
2018 (presented 2019)
Winner: Megan McDowell for her translation of Seeing Red by Lina Meruane (Atlantic)
Runner-up: Daniel Hahn for his translation of In the Land of Giants by Gabi Martínez (Scribe)
Shortlistees: Simon Deefholts and Kathryn Phillips-Miles for their translation of Inventing Love by Jose Ovejero (Peter Owens Publishers)
Sarah Moses and Carolina Orloff for their translation of Die, My Love by Ariana Harwicz (Charco Press)
2017 (presented 2018)
Winner: Margaret Jull Costa for her translation of On the Edge by Rafael Chirbes (Harvill Secker)
Commended: Rosalind Harvey for her translation of I’ll Sell You a Dog by Juan Pablo Villalobos (And Other Stories)
2016 (presented 2017)
Winner: Christina MacSweeney for her translation of The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli (Granta)
2015 (presented 2016)
Winner: Anne McLean for her translation of Outlaws by Javier Cercas (Bloomsbury)
Commended: Margaret Jull Costa for her translation of Tristana by Benito Pérez Galdós (New York Review Books)
Winner: Nick Caistor, for his translation of An Englishman in Madrid by Eduardo Mendoza (MacLehose Press)
Commended: Margaret Jull Costa for her translation of The Infatuations by Javier Marías (Hamish Hamilton)
Winner: Frank Wynne for his translation of The Blue Hour by Alonso Cueto (Heinemann)
Commended: Nick Caistor and Lorenza Garcia for Traveller of the Century by Andrés Neuman (Pushkin Press)
Commended: Anne McLean for The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Bloomsbury)
Winner: Peter Bush for his translation of Exiled From Almost Everywhere by Juan Goytisolo (Dalkey Archive Press, pictured far right).
Runner-up: Margaret Jull Costa for her translation of Seven Houses in France by Bernardo Axtaga (Harvill Secker).
Winner: Frank Wynne for Kamchatka by Marcelo Figueras (Atlantic)
Runner-up: Margaret Jull Costa for The Sickness by Alberto Barrera Tyszka (Maclehose Press)
Margaret Jull Costa for Your Face Tomorrow 3: Poison, Shadow and Farewell by Javier Marías (Chatto) and
Christopher Johnson for the Selected Poetry of Francisco de Quevedo (University of Chicago Press).
Winner: Margaret Jull Costa for The Accordionist’s Son by Bernardo Atxaga (Harvill Secker)
Runner up: Edith Grossman for Happy Families by Carlos Fuentes (Bloomsbury)
Winner: Nick Caistor for The Past by Alan Pauls (Harvill Secker)
and John Dent-Young for Selected Poems by Luis de Góngora (The University of Chicago Press)
Winer: Nick Caistor for The Sleeping Voice by Dulce Chacón (Harvill Secker/Alfaguara)
Runner up: John Cullen for Lies by Enrique de Hériz (Weidenfeld/Edhasa)
Winner: Margaret Jull Costa for Your Face Tomorrow 1: Fever and Spear by Javier Marias (Chatto & Windus)
Runner up: Sonia Soto for The Oxford Murders by Guillermo Martinez (Abacus)
Winner: Chris Andrews for Distant Star by Roberto Bolaño (Harvill)
Runner up: Margaret Jull Costa for The Man of Feeling by Javier Marías (Harvill)
Winner: Anne McLean for Soldiers of Salamis by Javier Cercas (Bloomsbury)
Winner: Sam Richard for Not Only Fire by Benjamin Prado (Faber and Faber)
Winner: John Rutherford for Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes (Penguin)
Runner up: Margaret Sayers Peden for Portrait in Sepia by Isabel Allende (Flamingo)
Winner: Timothy Adès for Homer in Cuernavaca by Alfonso Reyes (Edinburgh University Press)
Runner up: Edith Grossman for The Messenger by Mayra Montero (Harvill)
Winner: Sonia Soto for Winter in Lisbon by Antonio Muñoz Molina (Granta)
Runner up: Margaret Sayers Peden for Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende (Flamingo)
Winner: Don Share for I Have Lots of Heart by Miguel Hernández (Bloodaxe)
Winner: Peter Bush for The Marx Family Saga by Juan Goytisolo (Faber)