Norma Editorial wins the National Award for the Best Cultural Publishing Work 2022
Norma Editorial wins the National Award for the Best Cultural Publishing Work 2022. The jury highlighted its «notable and long-lasting cultural and social influence that has had a positive impact on the entire book value chain».
Norma Editorial has been awarded the National Prize for the Best Cultural Publishing Work, corresponding to the year 2022, at the proposal of the jury that met today. The jury highlighted the publisher’s «notable and long-lasting cultural and social influence that has had a positive impact on the entire book value chain».
In addition, the jury nominated Norma Editorial «for encouraging the creation, in Spanish and Catalan, in the comic and graphic novel segment. It has an important trajectory and international presence, especially in Latin America. It stands out for its work in promoting reading among the younger public, which makes it the first comic publishing house to receive this recognition».
The purpose of the award is to distinguish the overall publishing work of an individual or legal entity that has stood out for its outstanding and innovative contribution to Spanish cultural life. It is honorary and, therefore, does not have a financial endowment.
Founded in Barcelona in 1977 by Rafael Martínez, it is one of the Spanish publishing houses that has contributed the most to the projection of comic and illustration culture in the last decades in Spain and Latin America, being a reference for several generations of authors and readers. It is also a benchmark in the publication of manga.
In the national territory, Norma Editorial has published or produced authors of the stature of Miguelanxo Prado, Luis Royo, Conrad Roset, Sergio Mora, Daniel Torres, Victoria Francés, Ana Miralles, Juanjo Guarnido, Juan Díaz Canales and Josep María Martín Saurí, among others. Through the publication of collective books such as Barcelona TM, Revolution Complex, and Valentia, Norma Editorial has become a platform for a new generation of authors with international projection, such as Jordi Lafebre, Josep Homs, Claudio Stassi, Joan Marín, and many others.
Since its origins, Norma Editorial has maintained a strong international presence, participating since its beginnings in the main international fairs of the comic sector, and some of them uninterruptedly during the last four decades, being, therefore, one of the Spanish publishers with more worldwide recognition. It is a founding member of Ficomic, organizer of the Salón Internacional del Cómic de Barcelona and the Salón del Manga and participant in all its editions, as well as the recently established Sectorial del Cómic.
The jury, chaired by María José Gálvez, General Director of Books and Reading Promotion of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, was formed by Francisco Jesús Egido Salazar, proposed by the Spanish Writers’ Association (ACE); Teresa San Segundo Manuel for the Gender Studies Center of the UNED; Álvaro José Manso Ortiz for the Spanish Confederation of Booksellers’ Guilds and Associations (CEGAL); Álvaro de Diego González for the Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities (CRUE); Dolores Gallardo Ceballos for the Federation of Spanish Journalists’ Associations (FAPE); Antonio Castillo Escobar for the Federation of National Associations of Publishing Distributors (FANDE); Rosalina Díaz Valcárcel for the Federation of Spanish Publishers’ Guilds (FGEE); Pilar Reyes Forero on behalf of Editorial Alfaguara, the 2021 recipient; and Valeria Ciompi di Bernardo, appointed by the Minister of Culture and Sport.
This prize was first awarded in 1994 to the publishers Tusquets and Anagrama. In successive years the following publishers have received awards: Hiperión, Alianza, Gredos, Cátedra, Pre-Textos, Castalia, Visor, Trotta, Biblioteca Nueva, Valdemar, El Acantilado and Quaderns Crema (in the person of Jaume Vallcorba), Renacimiento, Siruela, Sígueme, Galaxia/Círculo de Lectores, Crítica, the Seven Publishing Houses of the Contexto Project, Gadir, Marcial Pons, Alba, Akal, Salamandra, Libros del Zorro Rojo, Kalandraka, Turner, Trea, Antonio Machado Libros, Kairós, Austral, Media Vaca, Páginas de Espuma, Árdora Ediciones and Editorial Alfaguara.