No matter how much stress you have at work, in your personal relationships, or countless other issues faced in daily life, it all just slips away when you lose yourself in a great story. A well-written novel can transport you to other realms, while an engaging article will distract you and keep you in the present moment, letting tensions drain away and allowing you to relax. We are on our way to track down Spain’s best young writing talents. And we soon find what we are looking for…

 

“That which remains”

We are at the ceremony of the 7th Patricia Sánchez Cuevas International Short Story Award in Madrid, Spain. The competition has set itself the goal of improving over time, from year to year if possible. Not surprisingly, the compilation of this year’s winning entries and contributors is called "That Which Remains".

 

Strength to persist and the pleasure of working together

Ángel González Lucas, GM of Sika Spain, recalls "When a few years ago we were given an opportunity to sponsor this literary prize, we didn’t need to think twice. Although Sika’s operations are not directly related to literature, we could not pass up on the chance to support such a great initiative. At the end of the day, two of Sika’s core values – the strength to persist and the pleasure of working together - are fully personified by the entrants, who year after year submit their stories, and in the selfless efforts of the many people who work to make the competition a reality."

 

800 entries of literary texts – 35 in the construction category

Even though it has only been held seven times to date, the annual Patricia Sánchez Cuevas International Short Story Award is already a firm fixture in the calendar for lovers of the genre. This latest competition attracted a total of 800 entries, with 508 in the national, 257 in the international and 35 in the construction category.

 

The winners
The works vary stylistically and thematically: Stories that stand out for their robustness and literary dignity, and others for their boldness and novelty. Patricia Sanchez Lurueña won first prize in the international category with "Cuestión de suerte" (Luck of the Draw), "La cita" (The Appointment) by Cristina García Pimentel took the top award in the national Category and "El lunar" (The Blemish) by Javier Ramiro González garnered first prize in the construction category.

 

A well-staffed jury guaranteed a highly cerebral outcome

The jury was made up of several well-known popular Spanish authors, including Almudena Grandes, guaranteeing a highly cerebral outcome. Give yourself a treat and get hold of one or two of these winning books, put your smartphone to the side, turn it off and start reading…

 

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