Publishing Awards Notes: Madrid’s Desperate Literature Prize Goes to Angela Finn

One of the lesser known prizes for short fiction in Spain names its winner as Australia’s high-profile Miles Franklin Literary Award issues its 2020 shortlist.

The Madrid-based—and wonderfully named—Desperate Literature Prize for short fiction has been won this week by Dublin-based writer Angela Finn for “Excerpts From a Pale Blue Notebook With Silver Stars.”

A small award program in the sea of international book prizes we cover, Desperate Literature is three years old and pays €1,000 (US$1,122) to its winner. It also includes a consultation with a literary agent from Andrew Nurnberg Associates.

Best of all, the win also provides Finn with a seven-day residency at Umbria’s beautiful Civitella Ranieri, as well as publication in Eleven Stories, an annual collection produced by Desperate Literature. That’s the eponymous bookstore in the Spanish capital which created and operates the prize program.

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