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Premio Tigre Juan
Tigre Juan Award
Awarded forUnpublished novella (1978-1989)
Unpublished novel (2004-2007)
First published narrative work (1990-2003, 2008-present)
LocationOviedo, Spain
First awarded1978

The Tigre Juan Award (Spanish: Premio Tigre Juan) is a Spanish literary award created in 1977 in honor of the novel Tigre Juan. El curandero de su honra by Ramón Pérez de Ayala. It is awarded to the best narrative work in Spanish published in the preceding year. It has had different sponsors: the founders, the Cervantes Bookstore, the Asturian Center, the City Council of Oviedo (1986-2009) and the Tribuna Ciudadana cultural association.


The award was conceived with the aim of rewarding the best unpublished novella - regardless of whether the author was established or unknown - with input from Oviedo cultural figures such as Emilio Alarcos Llorach [es], Juan Benito Argüelles, Juan Cueto [es], José María Martínez Cachero [es], Belarmino Álvarez Otero, Jaime Herrero, and Pepe Grossi (who all joined the Tribuna Ciudadana cultural association which was instituted three years later).

It was presented for the first time at the Tigre Juan pub, located at Calle Mon No. 16, a meeting place for artists in the old area of Oviedo that was owned by Álvarez Otero, the award's first sponsor.

In 1986, the Municipal Culture Foundation of the City Council took over the award, expanding its monetary prize and providing it with an organizational infrastructure in order to achieve a greater national presence. Four years later the bases of the contest were modified in order to reward the best first published narrative work, and made the award into the first one that supported, in addition to the author, the publisher who was taking a risk on a writer's first work. Its winners were generally young (although the 26th edition was won by 74-year-old filmmaker and novelist José Luis Borau).[1]

This second stage, in which the award achieved its greatest prominence, lasted until 2003. A new change in the bases led to awards from 2004 to 2007 for unpublished novels by established or well-known authors, but in 2008 it resumed the modality of awarding the best first narrative work in Spanish.

The first endowment of this award was 100,000 pesetas;[2] the 2009 award was EUR54,000 (EUR40,000 for the author and the rest for the publisher). The award was canceled in January and was delivered in May of the following year during the Oviedo Book Fair. In November 2009, citing the economic crisis as a reason, the city council announced that it was suspending its financing.[3] Now the prize - a statuette inspired by an engraving by the Asturian artist Jaime Herrero and representing the character Tigre Juan[4] - is given in the autumn and has no financial endowment.[5]

The award was given in 2010 and 2011 at the Palacio de Meres [es],[6] and in 2012 at the Traslaburra restaurant in Oviedo.[7]



  1. ^ a b Ruiz Mantilla, Jesús (20 December 2003). "Borau gana el Premio Tigre Juan de Narrativa por 'Camisa de once varas'" [Borau Wins the Tigre Juan Narrative Award for 'Camisa de once varas']. El País (in Spanish). Madrid. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ a b Vaquero, José Manuel (19 April 1978). "José Luis Mediavilla, premio Tigre Juan de novela". El País (in Spanish). Oviedo. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "El Ayuntamiento suprime el premio Tigre Juan por culpa de la crisis" [The Council Cancels the Tigre Juan Award Due to the Crisis]. El Comercio (in Spanish). Oviedo. EFE. 21 October 2009. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Iñaki Uriarte gana con 'Diarios (1999-2003)' el Premio Trigre Juan" [Iñaki Uriarte Wins the Tigre Juan Award with 'Diarios (1999-2003)']. El País (in Spanish). Bilbao. 8 October 2011. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ a b Piquero, Alberto (2 October 2010). "Jon Bilbao se hace con el Tigre Juan" [Jon Bilbao Gets the Tigre Juan]. El Comercio (in Spanish). Meres. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ "XXXII Premio Tigre Juan en el Palacio de Meres" (in Spanish). Palacio de Meres. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ Neira, Chus (29 September 2012). "Martín Gijón gana el 'Tigre Juan' por sus relatos de una Europa 'secreta y humana'" [Martín Gijón Wins the Tigre Juan for His Tales of a 'Secret and Human' Europe]. La Nueva España (in Spanish). Oviedo. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ "Muere el escritor Francisco Casavella" [The Writer Francisco Casavella Dies]. El País (in Spanish). Madrid. 17 December 2008. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ Alatriste, Sealtiel (1996). Cuentos de cine: grandes narradores celebran el primer siglo del cine [Film Stories: Great Storytellers Celebrate the First Century of Cinema] (in Spanish). Santillana. p. 50. ISBN 9788420428796. Retrieved 2018 – via Google Books.
  10. ^ Yániz, Juan Pedro (30 March 2004). "Imma Monsó aborda con la misma seriedad y respeto el cuento y la novela" [Imma Monsó Addresses the Short Story and the Novel with the Same Seriousness and Respect]. ABC (in Spanish). Barcelona. Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ "Pablo Tusset, premio Tigre Juan de novela" [Pablo Tusset, Tigre Juan Novel Award]. ABC (in Spanish). Oviedo. EFE. 16 December 2001. Retrieved 2018.
  12. ^ Jiménez Madrid, Ramón (2006). El cuento en Murcia en el siglo XX y otros ensayos [The Short Story in Murcia in the 20th Century and Other Essays] (in Spanish). EDITUM. p. 48. ISBN 9788483716113. Retrieved 2018 – via Google Books.
  13. ^ "Raúl Argemí ambienta su última novela en la Argentina de la dictadura militar, 'un periodo terrible y traumático'" [Raúl Argemí Sets His Latest Novel in the Argentina of the Military Dictatorship, 'A Terrible and Traumatic Period'] (in Spanish). Seville. Europa Press. 6 May 2006. Retrieved 2018.
  14. ^ Neira, Susana (16 December 2006). "Esther Bendahan se hace con el Tigre Juan con la novela 'La cara de Marte'" [Esther Bendahan Takes the Tigre Juan with the Novel 'La cara de Marte']. El Comercio (in Spanish). Oviedo. Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ "El escritor extremeño Mario Martín Gijón obtiene el XXXIV Premio Tigre Juan" [The Extremaduran Writer Martín Gijón Receives the 34th Tigre Juan Award] (in Spanish). EFE. 29 September 2012. Retrieved 2018.
  16. ^ Puga, Jessica M. (26 November 2014). "El peruano Jeremías Gamboa se alza con el Tigre Juan por su novela 'Contarlo todo'" [The Peruvian Jeremías Gamboa is Elevated with the Tigre Juan for His Novel 'Contarlo todo']. El Comercio (in Spanish). Oviedo. Retrieved 2018.
  17. ^ "Samanta Schweblin gana el premio literario Tigre Juan" [Samanta Schweblin Wins the Tigre Juan Literary Award]. El Universal (in Spanish). Oviedo. 26 November 2015. Retrieved 2018.
  18. ^ "'Nemo', de Gonzalo Hidalgo Bayal, gana el premio de novela 'Tigre Juan'" ['Nemo', by Gonzalo Hidalgo Bayal, Wins the Tigre Juan Novel Award] (in Spanish). Oviedo. Europa Press. 25 November 2016. Retrieved 2018.
  19. ^ "El escritor argentino Pedro Mairal gana el XXXIX 'Tigre Juan' con la novela 'La uruguaya'" [The Argentine Writer Pedro Mairal Wins the 39th Tigre Juan with the Novel 'La uruguaya'] (in Spanish). Oviedo. Europa Press. 13 November 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  20. ^ "El premio Tigre Juan reconoce 'la memoria novelística de relatos' de Tomás Sánchez Santiago" [The Tigre Juan Award Recognizes 'The Novelistic Memory of Stories' by Tomás Sánchez Santiago]. La Nueva España (in Spanish). 22 November 2018. Retrieved 2019.

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