Applications for the seventh edition of the Gabo Award are now open. This award recognizes Ibero-America’s best stories and is granted by the Gabriel García Márquez New Journalism Foundation (FNPI), with support from a public-private partnership between the Mayor’s Office of Medellin and the Bancolombia and SURA Groups, together with their Latin American subsidiaries. (Steps to apply for the Gabo Award here)
Journalists who have published works in Spanish or Portuguese between April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019, in any format or media type, may apply before May 23rd to one of the four contest categories: text, image, coverage, and innovation. Apply for the Gabo Award here.
After the application window closes, three groups of judges—international journalists with extensive experience—will be responsible for reviewing and evaluating the applications to select 10 nominees, three finalists, and one winner for each category.
The award ceremony will take place at the Gabo Festival 2019, to be held on October 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in Medellín, Colombia.
Purpose of the Award
Inspired by Gabriel García Márquez’s ideals and work, the Gabo Award has been annually granted in Medellín since 2013. It aims to promote better journalism, the pursuit of excellence, innovation, rigorous treatment of facts, and ethical coherence by journalists who regularly work and publish in Spanish and Portuguese for readers in the Americas, Spain, and Portugal.
What the winners receive
After selecting three finalists for each category, one winner will be chosen. The Gabo Award winners will receive a diploma and 33 million Colombian pesos. In addition, they will receive a casting of the sculpture Gabriel, created by the Colombian artist Antonio Caro.
The other two finalists in each contest category will receive a diploma and 6 million Colombian pesos.
Outside of these contest categories, the Gabo Award grants two additional accolades: the Excellence Award (chosen by the Gabo Award’s Governing Council) and the Clemente Manuel Zabala Award, given to an exemplary Colombian editor (chosen by a panel of experts).
About the Gabo Award and Festival
The Gabo Award, organized by the Gabriel García Márquez New Journalism Foundation (FNPI), aims to encourage the pursuit of excellence, innovation, rigorous treatment of facts, and ethical coherence in journalism. The event is inspired by Gabriel García Márquez’s ideals and work, as well as by the dynamics of innovation, creativity, and leadership that characterize Medellín, Colombia. The Award and the Festival are made possible thanks to the public-private partnership formed by the Mayor’s Office of Medellin and the Bancolombia and SURA Groups, together with their Latin American subsidiaries.