The Mexican Council for Culture and Arts (Conaculta) has created the Tomás Segovia Literary Translation Award, a public distinction to be bestowed upon translators who have played a prominent role in promoting universal knowledge. Translators working with Spanish as either a source or target language will qualify for the prize.
The award will be granted every November, during the Guadalajara International Book Fair, and will include a certificate and a cash prize to be determined according to the Conaculta budget. Information on regulations and the judging panel will be disclosed each year in Conaculta's official announcements.
Tomás Segovia (Spain, May 21, 1927 - Mexico, November 7, 2011) was a writer and translator who left Spain during the Civl War and later became a Mexican citizen. In 1970, he started working at El Colegio de México where―besides teaching literature, linguistics, and translation―he was the organizer and first director of a project to research and teach translation theory.