Parent companyPenguin Random House
Founded1964; 60 years ago (1964)
Country of originSpain
Headquarters locationMadrid
DistributionSpain, Latin America

Alfaguara is a Spanish-language publishing house that serves markets in Hispanic America, Spain and the United States. It was founded by the Spanish writer and Nobel prize winner Camilo José Cela.[1]

History and profile

Alfaguara was established in 1964.[2] It was part of Editoriales del Grupo Santillana.[3] In March 2000 Santillana, which publishes over 117 million books each year, was acquired by the Spanish conglomerate PRISA.[4] In 2014, PRISA sold Santillana's trade operations to Penguin Random House.[5]

It awards the Alfaguara Prize, a prestigious Spanish-language literary award.[6] The prize, launched in 1998, goes to an unpublished work of fiction in Spanish.[7]

Alfaguara Infantil and Alfaguara Juvenil publish books for children and young people.[8]



  1. ^ Díaz de Quijano, Fernando (23 February 2016). "El centenario de Camilo José Cela conmemora al Nobel en su dimensión polifacética". El Cultural (in Spanish). Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Alfaguara celebrates its 50th anniversary, while the Alfaguara Nobel Prize celebrates its 17th Edition". America Reads Spanish. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Literary works, essay and references". Santillana. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  4. ^ "A Global Company". Santillana. Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  5. ^ "PRH to Buy Major Spanish-Language Publisher". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Argentine Leopoldo Brizuela Wins Alfaguara Prize". Latin American Herald Tribune. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  7. ^ "Premio Alfaguara. (Alfaguara Award for Novel)". goodreads. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  8. ^ "Quiénes somos". Alfaguara Infantil. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2012.