The winner was chosen unanimously by the jury, chaired by writer and professor Antonio Sáez Delgado and who, this year, included professors Pedro Serra, Ana Paula Arnaut and Cláudia Teixeira, as well as literary critic Anabela Mota Ribeiro.

Ana Luísa Amaral addresses, in her work, translated into several languages, "the memory of Portuguese feminism", considered the jury in a statement sent to Lusa.

The winner's work is about different types of areas “as literary theory and practice, bringing together, through the dialogue it establishes with classic and contemporary tradition, a set of qualities that present the best of the identification processes of the new Portuguese society”, stressed.

Established by UÉ in 1996, to honour the writer who gives it its name, the Vergílio Ferreira Literary Prize aims to award annually the set of literary works of a Portuguese-speaking author relevant in fiction or essay.

The 2021 edition of the award, according to the Évora University, had nominations from seven institutions, representing two countries.