International Novel Prize Rómulo
Novel Prize Rómulo Gallegos was created to perpetuate
and honor the work of the eminent novelist and also to stimulate
the creational activity of the Hispanic speech writers.
The prize was instituted in August of 1964, by # 83 decree,
signed by the President of the Republic, Raúl Leoni,
then executed by the Education Ministry, which send it to
the INCIBA (National Culture and fine arts Institute).
The award in metallic, the medal made in golden and one
diploma, were only one hundred thousand Bolívares
(Bs. 100.000). The first bases were made and released on
July 25th 1965 and with summons signed by the president
of this entity, José Luis Salcedo Bastardo. The second
prize was under the management of the INCIBA with another
president, Alfredo Tarre Murzi. The third and fourth prize
depended of the CONAC (Consejo Nacional de la Cultura) (National
Council of Culture), successor organism of the INCIBA, presided
by Luis García Morales and José Luis Alvarenga,
respectively. Was in September 17th 1986 when the president
Jaime Lusinchi decreed that everything relative to the organization
and granting of the prize was transferred to the CELARG
(Fundación Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos Rómulo
Gallegos).The prize is celebrate every two years, on August
2nd, coinciding with Rómulo Gallegos's birthday.