The José Donoso Prize of Latin American Literature is granted by the University of Talca since 2001 to the work of a renowned writer.

The distinction is granted in the context of the annual Talca and Maule Region Book Fair, in which a group of important academics and writers form the jury that decides the name of the winner of the prize, by virtue of his or her work and dedication to literature.

Sponsored by the Banco Santander bank, the delivery of the José Donoso Prize of Latin American Literature is the most important activity of the annual Talca and Maule Region Book Fair, which gathers prominent and outstanding representatives of the national and foreign literary world, including publishing houses, booksellers, book professionals, writers, academics and literary critics, among others.