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Who are the new storytellers from Latin America in 2017?
In 2007, Bogotá was the scene of an extraordinary event: a meeting of 39 young writers from 17 Latin American countries, presented in 60 events across 32 venues. All of them had had one or more works published and read in their own countries. Many were unknown outside them.
In 2017 we call for applications in order to select the best storytellers of the year:
Hay Festival makes a call to publishing houses to nominate their writers in order to be selected as part of Hay39, a selection of the most promising 39 writers under 40.
The nominated authors must:
- Have been born in 1978 or after.
- Be a national or the descendant of nationals from a latinamerican country.
- Have at least one book published
Each publishing house can nominated between one and three writers published by them. The deadline for nominations is the 28th of February 2017.
You can submit nominations here.
The nominated writers will be included on a longlist that will be handed in to the Hay39 jury; this longlist will also include the suggestions sent by the writers that where part of the Bogota39 selection in 2007. The jury will then select 39 writers from the longlist.
The selected authors will participate on the Hay39 event in the second half of 2017 in the city of Bogota, and their work will be included on an anthology that will be published in several languages. Hay Festival will also promote their work through the invitation to take part on other festivals and literary events.