The monetary prize corresponds to the copyright of the first edition of the work and the jury may also award up to two honorable mentions to candidate works, but the respective authors will not be entitled to monetary prize and will only receive a diploma of honorable mention.
The regulation of the second edition of the Joaquim Mestre Literary Prize is available for consultation on the websites of ASSESTA, DRCA and the General Direction of Books, Archives and Libraries.
The prize was instituted by ASSESTA in partnership with the DRCA to honor the Alentejan writer Joaquim Mestre, to encourage literary creation in the novel modality, to stimulate the taste for reading and writing and to promote, defend and value the Portuguese language and identity and cultural diversity of the Alentejo region.
The DRCA sponsors the prize money awarded to the winner and finances the edition of the winning work and Câmara de Beja supports the initiative by securing the money for the jury's payment.
The winner of the first edition of the literary prize, which took place in 2017, was the author E.S. Tagino, literary pseudonym of António José da Costa Neves, with the novel "Um certo incerto Alentejo", which was edited and, in December 2018, released in Portugal.
Writer Joaquim Figueira Mestre, who was born in the village of Trindade in the municipality of Beja in 1955 and died in Lisbon in 2009, was one of the great promoters of the new library concept that emerged in Beja in the early 1990's. century.
Joaquim Figueira Mestre, a graduate in History and a postdoctoral degree in Documentary Sciences, wrote several works, such as the novels "The Perfume" and "The Imperfection of Love" and the short story book "Breviário das Almas". head of the Libraries and Museums Division of the Beja Chamber.