This award aims to distinguish a Portuguese-speaking poet and a Spanish-speaking poet, affirming the importance of these two Iberian languages in the context of contemporary literature.
It also aims to promote the connection between Castelo Branco and the Spanish city of Salamanca and these cities with the Ibero-American world and the Countries of the Portuguese Official Language (Palop).
The admission of the originals to the competition takes place between the 5th of July and the 31st of October 2020, with the finalists being announced on the 16th of January 2021, while the announcement of the winners will be made on the 20th of February 2021.
The awards ceremony will take place in a formal session to be held in Castelo Branco, on a date to be announced by the organization.
The winners, one in Portuguese and one in Spanish, will be awarded the monetary prize of 2,500 euros, 30 copies of the bilingual edition of the respective works.
The jury consists of 11 more personalities, including authors, writers, poets, researchers and literature teachers, in several universities and academies in Portugal and Spain.
They are António Cândido Franco, António dos Santos Pereira, Enrique Cabero, Fernando Paulouro, José Dias Pires, Manuel Nunes, Maria de Lurdes Gouveia da Costa Barata, Paulo Samuel, Pompeu Martins, Rita Taborda Duarte and Vítor Oliveira Mateus.
The António Salvado International Poetry Prize – City of Castelo Branco was created by the Junta de Freguesia and the Castelo Branco Town Hall, as a way of honoring the albicastrense poet António Salvado, rewarding unpublished poetic works and encouraging the appearance of new authors.