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Latinidad – Winter 2020: Best Books of the Year

Contents:
1. Saludos
2. The Latinidad List
3. Resources: Dryland
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BEFORE YOU SEND IT OUT

“I thought I was all set to send out my book proposal—thank goodness a friend directed me to Marcela Landres first! Marcela showed me how to make my proposal much better, and how to become well published—not just published. My career is much stronger after working with Marcela. She offers one of the best bargains in the business I’ve encountered.”
—Lisa Scott, author of the Flirts! short story collections and The Willowdale Romance series, http://readlisascott.com

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1. Saludos

One of the few silver linings of the pandemic is people are reading more books. Since a vaccine is not likely to be widely available for a bit, this holiday season is the perfect time to give books as presents. Support independent booksellers (instead of retailers who don’t pay taxes) by shopping online via Bookshop, https://bookshop.org/. For specific gift ideas, see the Latinidad List below, my annual round-up of the best Latino books of the year.

Helping Latinos get published,
Marcela Landres
marcelalandres@yahoo.com
https://marcelalandres.com

2. The Latinidad List

Literary Novel – Afterlife by Julia Alvarez
Timeless yet reflective of our fractured times, a tale ostensibly about widowhood that is actually about sisterhood and community.

Graphic Novel – You Brought Me the Ocean by Alex Sanchez
Sensitively depicted origin story of a lad coming to terms with his identity, dreams, and family.

Short Story Collection – Living Color: Angie Rubio Stories by Donna Miscolta
Like Beverly Cleary’s Ramona, Angie Rubio is a delightful character for the ages, by turns laugh-out-loud funny and earnest.

Thriller – The Cipher by Isabella Maldonado
Foster child turned FBI agent hunts down a serial killer while she faces her own inner demons in this briskly paced thriller.

Memoir – Unforgetting by Roberto Lovato
Machete sharp insights and images make this memoir about a man and his two countries unforgettable.

Poetry – Year of the Dog by Deborah Paredez
Joy of wordplay dances with grief by an author bearing witness to a war in which she did not fight.

Self-help – Mending Life: A Handbook for Repairing Clothes and Hearts by Nina and Sonya Montenegro
A soulful guide that persuasively presents sewing as a form of meditation.

Young Adult – Holly Hernandez and the Death of Disco by Richie Narvaez
If Elmore Leonard were Latino and wrote YA, he would have written this witty page-turner.

Middle Grade – The Everything I Have Lost by Sylvia Zeleny
Heartwarming yet heartbreaking story of a precocious girl who copes with her father’s mysterious job and her mother’s emotional absence.

Children’s Picture Book – LillyBelle: A Damsel NOT in Distress by Joana Pastro
Essential reading for those of us who aspire to be queens, not princesses.

3. Resources
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WANT TO WORK IN BOOK PUBLISHING?
Application Period: Opens in December
Course Dates: June 14-July 23
The best way to improve the quantity and quality of Latino books published is for more Latinos to work in publishing. A time-honored method of breaking into the book biz is to attend the Columbia Publishing Course (CPC). Their staff works tirelessly to help graduates land the all-important first job. If you dream of working in book publishing, the CPC would be a smart investment of your time and money. Note the course is open to international applicants, and some financial aid is available. To learn more, visit http://www.journalism.columbia.edu/publishing
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$7500 ESSAY PRIZE
Deadline: January 15
The Calibre Essay Prize offers approximately $7500 and publication in Australian Book Review for an essay. For more information, visit https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/prizes-programs/calibre-prize
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DRYLAND
Submission Period: Opens January 30
Dryland, a literary journal based in South Central Los Angeles, seeks poetry, prose, and art by subversive and bold voices. They are proud to publish never published, emerging, and established writers/poets/artists. English and Spanish language pieces are welcome. For more information, visit https://drylandla.org
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POETRY COLLECTION AWARD
Deadline: January 31
The Terry J. Cox Poetry Award offers $1000 and publication by Regal House Publishing for a poetry collection. For more information, visit https://www.regalhousepublishing.com/
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HARPUR PALATE
Submission Period: February 1 to April 15
Harpur Palate has no restrictions on subject matter or form. Quite simply, send them your highest quality short stories, flash fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. For more information, visit https://harpurpalate.binghamton.edu
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MEDICAL POEM PRIZE
Deadline: February 14
The Hippocrates Prize offers £1000 (approximately $1300) and publication in the Hippocrates Prize anthology for a poem on a medical issue. For more information, visit http://hippocrates-poetry.org/index.html
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NEW ENGLAND REVIEW
Reading Period: Opens March 1
The New England Review seeks fiction, poetry, nonfiction, drama, translation, creative writing for the web site (NER Digital), cover art, and art for their website. They encourage submissions from writers of every nationality, race, religion, and gender, including writers who have never been affiliated with an MFA program and whose perspectives are often underrepresented in the literary world. For more information, visit http://www.nereview.com
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FIVE:2:ONE MAGAZINE
FIVE: 2:ONE is primarily dedicated to the transgressive, the progressive and the experimental. They want to hear from experimental writers who are POC, LGTBQ, women/femme/nonbinary, neurodivergent, trauma survivors, nonreligious/atheist/pagan, or any other person that is often underrepresented in literature. For more information, visit http://five2onemagazine.com
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AMERICAN SCHOLAR
The American Scholar is a quarterly magazine for the general reader by the Phi Beta Kappa Society. They accept nonfiction by known and unknown writers. For more information, visit https://theamericanscholar.org
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SOUTHWESTERN AMERICAN LITERATURE
Southwestern American Literature is a biannual scholarly journal that includes literary criticism, fiction, poetry, and book reviews concerning the Greater Southwest. They accept submissions year-round. Previously published authors include Jennifer Givhan and Simon Ortiz. For more information, visit https://www.txstate.edu/cssw/publications/sal.html
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KNOWLEDGE IS POWER ONLY WHEN SHARED
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—Jeanette Winterson

Latinidad® © 2003 by Marcela Landres

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Latinidad – Winter 2019: Best Books of the Year

Contents:
1. Saludos
2. The Latinidad List
3. Resources: Want to Work in Book Publishing?
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BEFORE YOU SEND IT OUT

“Marcela is a savvy guide for a writer through the publishing labyrinth. She treats writers with respect and with concern for their success. I always enjoyed our discussions and her encouragement. When we discussed my writing on the phone I liked her being sure that I understood precisely what she wanted me to know. I recall how she was so delighted with my writing sample at a writers’ conference. ‘. . . the novel I’ve been waiting for,’ she said. Alas, the rest of my book wasn’t what she had been waiting for, and she let me down gently. However, her candor helped me realize that my fiction had its roots in non-fiction, and my experiences read like fiction. So I write non-fiction. Most of my life I have sought the secret of life. I found the answer and it became my book, Power: A Memoir. Marcela may not know, but her early encouragement fueled my persistence.”
—Leilani Grajeda-Higley, https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/931451

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1. Saludos

Despite the relentless growth of a certain online retailer, according to the American Booksellers Association independent bookstores are thriving. (See the ABA’s web site for more information: https://www.bookweb.org/for-the-record) Be part of this success story by doing your holiday shopping at your local bookstore. Read on to find the Latinidad List, my round-up of this year’s best Latino books, some of which may be the perfect gift for your loved ones. Enjoy, and please share the list.

Helping Latinos get published,
Marcela Landres
marcelalandres@yahoo.com
https://marcelalandres.com

2. The Latinidad List

Debut Novel – Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno
A siren’s call of poetry and curanderismo, ghosts and gossips, lost treasure and found memories.

Women’s Fiction – Side Chick Nation by Aya de Leon
A Latina Ocean’s 8 (ideally starring Cardi B) which brilliantly braids politics and pop culture.

Literary Novel – The Affairs of the Falcons by Melissa Rivero
A slice of life usually lived in the shadows told by an important new voice.

Memoir – Ordinary Girls by Jaquira Diaz
Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight meets Jeannette Walls’ The Glass Castle in a memoir as powerful as a clenched fist.

Short Story Collection – Ballad of a Slopsucker by Juan Alvarado Valdivia
Muscular stories about male pain, unanswerable questions, and resilient hope.

Poetry – The Crazy Bunch by Willie Perdomo
Part memorial, part (self) interrogation on legacy, storytelling, and bearing witness.

Cookbook – Latin Superfoods by Leticia Moreinos Schwartz
Sensuous and sensible recipes fit for both foodies and fans of Latin fare.

Young Adult – Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
With a vibrant voice that leaps off the page, Bronx Boricua Juliet embodies and inspires joy as she stumbles out of the closet.

Middle Grade – The Other Half of Happy by Rebecca Balcarcel
Pitch-perfect depiction of the trials and tribulations of being bicultural not just in the US, but in middle grade.

Children’s Picture Book – A New Home by Tania de Regil
Original juxtaposing of NYC and Mexico City shows how more alike than dissimilar these cities—and their inhabitants—are.

3. Resources
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PAGE PRIZE IN NON-FICTION
Entry Period: January 1 – 31
The Pinch Journal is pleased to announce the creation of The Page Prize in non-fiction. Winner will receive $1000. Esme Weijun Wang, author of The Collected Schizophrenias, will judge. For more information, visit http://www.pinchjournal.com/new-page-2
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ECOTONE
Submission Period: January 26 – February 1
Ecotone, the literary magazine dedicated to reimagining place, seeks writers historically underrepresented in literary publishing and in place-based contexts: people of color, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, gender-nonconforming people, LGBTQIA+, women, and others. For more information, visit https://ecotonemagazine.org
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SHORT MEMOIR PRIZE
Deadline: January 31
A prize of approximately $1100 and publication in the Fish Publishing anthology is given for a short memoir. For more information, visit https://www.fishpublishing.com/competition/short-memoir-contest/
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$5000 CREATIVE WRITING RESIDENCIES
Deadline: February 1
The Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing offers $5000 to writers of fiction and/or literary nonfiction. For more information, visit https://stadlercenter.slideroom.com/#/login/program/52898
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SENECA REVIEW
Reading Period: February 1 – March 15
The Seneca Review’s emphasis is poetry, and the editors have a special interest in translations of contemporary poetry from around the world. They consistently publish emerging writers and are always open to new, innovative work. For more information, visit https://www.hws.edu/senecareview/index.aspx
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WILLOW RUN POETRY BOOK AWARD
Deadline: February 20
A prize of $1000 and publication in Hidden River Press, an imprint of Hidden River Publishing, is offered for an unpublished book length collection of poetry. The award is open to all poets writing in English around the world. For more information, visit https://hiddenriverarts.wordpress.com/awards-deadlines-and-guidelines/willow-run-poetry-book-award/
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LOW RESIDENCY MFA MINORITY SCHOLARSHIP
Deadline: March 1
The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College has always been a place exceptionally diverse in gender, age, occupation, academic background, and aesthetic views. The Holden Minority Scholarship provides full tuition and residency fees for a student of color’s entire 4-semester degree program. For more information, visit http://www.wwcmfa.org
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WANT TO WORK IN BOOK PUBLISHING?
Application Deadline: March 6
Course Dates: June 14-July 24
The best way to improve the quantity and quality of Latino books published is for more Latinos to work in publishing. A time-honored method of breaking into the book biz is to attend the Columbia Publishing Course (CPC). Their staff works tirelessly to help graduates land the all-important first job. If you dream of working in book publishing, the CPC would be a smart investment of your time and money. Note the course is open to international applicants, and some financial aid is available. To learn more, visit http://www.journalism.columbia.edu/publishing
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NEW RIVERS PRESS
Submission Period: March 1–March 31
For their general submissions, New Rivers Press seeks book-length literary manuscripts in the categories of: short story/novella collections; novels; memoirs; essay collections; poetry collections; and hybrid forms. For more information, visit https://www.newriverspress.com
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SFWP QUARTERLY
The SFWP Quarterly is an online literary journal which provides a home for published and unpublished authors featuring fiction, creative nonfiction, book reviews, and experimental work. For more information, visit https://santafewritersproject.submittable.com/submit
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KNOWLEDGE IS POWER ONLY WHEN SHARED
Please forward Latinidad® widely.
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For more resources, follow me on:
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/marcela.landres
Twitter – https://twitter.com/marcelalandres
Linkedin – http://www.linkedin.com/in/marcelalandres
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SUCCESS STORIES
Has Latinidad® been of help to you? E-mail your success stories to marcelalandres@yahoo.com
*****
SHARE
Want to see your announcement in an upcoming issue of Latinidad®? E-mail your postings to marcelalandres@yahoo.com
*****
REPRINTS
You are welcome to reprint part or all of this e-zine; please credit Latinidad® and include a link to https://marcelalandres.com
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UNSUBSCRIBE/UPDATE E-MAIL ADDRESS
E-mail marcelalandres@yahoo.com
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“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.’ ”—Erma Bombeck

Latinidad® © 2003 by Marcela Landres