We are happy to introduce the following jury members for Spain:

Xavier Aliaga, journalist and writer, President of the jury

Antonio Avila, executive director of the Spanish Association of Publishers Guilds

Dolors Udina, literary translator

Sara Sanchez, bookseller (Libreria El Puerto)

Fernando Valls, writer and accredited professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona


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Xavier Aliaga

Journalist and writer. Born in Madrid, in 1970. A graduate in Catalan Philology. He has collaborated in several stages with the newspaper El País, the last, between 2007 and 2013, in the cultural supplement Quadern.

He is currently responsible for the culture of the weekly newspaper El Temps, a columnist for Levante-EMV as well as a talk show by Onda Zero. From the creation of the new Valencian television broadcasting À Punt he has collaborated in the television talk show of "El Matí" and right now he does so in À Punt radio.

From February 2018 to February 2019 he has been the coordinator of the Valencian cultural capital of Sagunto and Potries. He has also been a television scriptwriter.

As a novelist, he has so far published six novels: Si no ho dic rebente (2005, Editorial Moll), Vila de Lloseta Prize; Els neons de Sodoma (2008, Tres i Quatre), Andromina Prize; Vides desafinades (2011, Editions 62), Joanot Martorell Prize and Criticism Prize for Valencian Writers, El meu nom no és Irina (2013, Andana), Samaruc Prize, Criticism Award for Valencian Writers and Generalitat Valenciana Prize for youth books best edited; Dos metres quadrats de sang jove (2014, and Les quatre vides de l’oncle Antoine, Pin i Soler prize from Tarragona and a Prize from the Critics of Valencian Writers.

He also has several stories published in anthologies and in 2017 he has published an anthology of texts by Joan Fuster, Fuster per a ociosos (Sembra Llibres).

In this field, he has collaborated in several literary publications such as Characters, L'Espill or L'Illa, among others.

Antonio Avila

Born on August 15th, 1955 in Sevilla, Antonio Maria Avila Álvarez studied Political Sciences, Law and Economics. He has been an associate teacher of Constitutional law until 1986, associate teacher of Foreign Trade (University Carlos III) from 1994 to 1996, and from 1997 teacher of the same matter in TPGA of the Autonomous University of Madrid. CECO's teacher, he gives classes to the Master of Foreign Trade and Trade policy in the University Carlos III, Santiago de Compostela, Alcalá de Henares and University Institute Carlos V of the Autonomous University of Madrid. He has numerous publications revolving around International and European Trade, Trade policies, intellectual property and books. Since 1997, he is the Executive Director of the Spanish Association of Publishers Guilds. He currently lives in Madrid.

Dolors Udina

Dolors Udina is a literary translator and has been Associated Professor of Translation in the Barcelona Autonomous University since 1998. She has translated into Catalan more than a hundred books of writers such as Jean Rhys, Alice Munro, J.M. Coetzee y Toni Morrison. She’s won a number of awards for her translations of books like Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway (2014), and Aldous Huxley’s The Demons of Loudun (2017). In 2019 she was awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Culture the National Translation Prize to the work of a life.

Sara Sanchez

Born on October 4, 1976, in Valencia, Spain, Sara Sanchez is bookseller at the El Puerto bookstore in the Port of Sagunto, Valencia ( She is also the Vice President of Cegal, the Spanish Confederation of Book Guilds.

Fernando Valls

Fernando Valls is an accredited professor of Contemporary Spanish Literature at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain). He is the author of several books, editions of texts and articles on the current Spanish narrative. He has directed the literary magazine Quimera and two collections by the publisher Menoscuarto dedicated to the short narrative and the literary essay. He has obtained the Comillas Prize from the Tusquets publishing house, along with Juan Luis Panero. He curates current literary criticism in the literary supplement Los diablos azul, from the newspaper infoLibre.