About the México20 project

The most outstanding young voices of Mexican literature.

A project by Hay Festival, British Council and Conaculta

2015 is the Year of Mexico in the UK and the Year of the UK in Mexico. To celebrate this, Hay Festival, the British Council and Conaculta present México20, a project that promotes new voices in Mexican literature and brings their work to an international readership and the global publishing world.

Mexican literature boasts many great writers, including Juan Ruflo, Octavio Paz, Carlos Fuentes and Elena Poniatowska. The country has a strong cultural tradition and since the 1930s has been one of the main publishing markets in Spanish. The contemporary Mexican literary scene is vibrant and varied, with a large number of young writers who know their country’s literary traditions well, but are also looking abroad for inspiration.

A jury of three experts on Mexican literature – Juan Villoro, Guadalupe Nettel and Cristina Rivera Garza – chose twenty young Mexican writers under the age of 40, from the fields of both fiction and non-fiction. The México20 list was announced on Friday 5 December 2014 at the Guadalajara Book Fair.

A piece by each of the 20 writers will be published to form an anthology, which will be published in English and Spanish editions. The Spanish version will be published by Conaculta and the English version by Pushkin Press and Conaculta. The English edition will be launched at The London Book Fair, 14–16 April 2015, at which Mexico will be the Market Focus.

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