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Latinidad – Fall 2021: The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop

Contents:
1. Saludos
2. Q&A: Felicia Rose Chavez
3. Resources: $20,000 Paul Engle Prize
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“Marcela Landres is a valuable resource to the budding, querying, agented, and published writer, and the diversity of her services reflect that. To the Latino/a writer she offers the additional layer of #OwnVoices insight and perspective in navigating the publishing industry. Whether it be identifying agents that represent your work, applying a detailed eye to your manuscript, or simply being a soundboard for industry questions, Marcela is there for you.”—Stephanie Nina Pitsirilos, author of “Jean” which appears in Speculative Fiction for Dreamers: A Latinx Anthology, https://www.stephanieninapitsirilos.com/

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1. Saludos

Desmond Tutu reportedly said, “There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they’re falling in.” Part of the reason not enough BIPOC get published may be writing workshops weed them out.

The writing workshop was invented decades ago and has remained mostly unchanged. But who created the writing workshop? Who does it serve? Who does it overlook or even undermine? All good questions I hadn’t considered until I read the eye-opening The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop by Felicia Rose Chavez.

Imagine your favorite teacher, the one who changed your life. That’s Chavez. Skillfully playing the dual roles of cheerleader and revolutionary, Chavez reveals the racism inherent in traditional writing workshops and offers a specific blueprint for creating an anti-racist version. The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop should be read not only by teachers but also by critique group members as well as individual writers seeking constructive feedback of their work. To learn more, read the Q&A below.

Helping Latinos get published,
Marcela Landres
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2. Q&A

Felicia Rose Chavez is an award-winning educator with an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Iowa. She is the author of The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom and coeditor of The BreakBeat Poets Volume 4: LatiNEXT with Willie Perdomo and José Olivarez. Chavez served as Program Director to Young Chicago Authors and founded GirlSpeak, a literary webzine for young women. She went on to teach writing at the University of New Mexico, where she was distinguished as the Most Innovative Instructor of the Year, the University of Iowa, where she was distinguished as the Outstanding Instructor of the Year, and Colorado College, where she received the Theodore Roosevelt Collins Outstanding Faculty Award. Her creative scholarship earned her a Ronald E. McNair Fellowship, a University of Iowa Graduate Dean’s Fellowship, a Riley Scholar Fellowship, and a Hadley Creatives Fellowship. Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Felicia currently serves as Scholar-in-Residence in Creativity and Innovation at Colorado College. Find her at www.antiracistworkshop.com.

Q: You raise many excellent points in The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop, including: “Understanding the art of the question is an invaluable, lifelong skill for any writer, and yet too often workshop leaders cross their fingers in hopes that students will show up, much less speak up, at readings. Together, my workshop participants study how to differentiate between closed and open-ended questions, how to formulate action-oriented questions, how to harness specificity to invoke richer responses, and how to fold in follow up questions. . . .” Asking good questions is arguably a way of requesting help. Latinx children—especially girls—aren’t necessarily taught to ask for help. How did you learn the art of the question? 

A: Beyond a display of humility (Can you help me to understand?), I interpret the question as a display of curiosity, sincerity, and community (Let’s break it down together). Women in conversation was something I witnessed from a young age. Stories were in the air all around me—family members talking and talking over afternoon coffee at the kitchen counter, rancheros blasting in the garage. School was sterile but the exchanges at home had energy, laughter, long, loaded pauses. And I just had to know! Who and why and when? Women have been talking shop since the get go, sensitive to the nuances of neutrality for the sake of their survival. Rather than ask one another for help, I encourage my students to exercise curiosity for context, insight. What do you want to know, need to know, in order to best receive the writer’s work? How might a question form a bridge?

Q: Part of the anti-racist workshop is the Inspiration Lab, where your students share the work of their artistic mentors, anything from a song to a standup routine, not just a literary text. Are there any artists you discovered via your students who you now consider to be your own artistic mentors? 

A: The Inspiration Lab is the way of the future. I really believe that. Students foreground their reading of a fellow writer’s draft with the source of inspiration. In this way, my writers have gifted me and one another with an ever-growing, student-sourced reading list, and let me tell you, it’s so much more alive than anything I could have managed to curate. Going way back, they put me on to Black Mirror and Das Racist and Two Dope Queens and even Calvin and Hobbes. I’m a big believer that inspiration is everywhere, that it’s our responsibility to actively seek it out as opposed to wait for it to hit, and my students are quick to volunteer on that front.

Q: Your reading guide (https://www.antiracistworkshop.com/resources) is a generous gift not just to writing teachers but to anyone who wants to read BIPOC writers. How has the list evolved from its initial draft to now?

A: Thanks for the spotlight. The guide is exciting because it’s community sourced; every one of us shares in its evolution. Don’t see your name on the list? Don’t be salty. Add it. Don’t see your own artistic mentors on the list? Add them. Most recently it’s the genre categories that are taking shape beyond what I could have ever conceived. I call it a living document, which is just a fancy way of saying Google Doc, but there’s something to that language—it pays homage to the elders while reflecting the here and now, a record of the living present tense. Too often these big expensive anthologies are dated before they even print. Who’s new? Who’s now?

Q: I love how you equate mentoring with mothering: “Mothering, for me, means willpower, fortitude, grit. It is the transcendent power to multiply oneself, succeeded by the supreme humility to serve that second self. Listening is an extension of that humility, a tribute to the fact that none of us are alone.” Books can be like our children in that they come from us but do not belong to us alone. What if any surprises has The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop brought to you? Has your baby made unexpected friends?

A: Writing the book demanded great courage. How could I assess my classroom successes without first reflecting back on the journey that delivered me to that moment? Because damn, it’s been a journey. I wanted readers to have context into to why this work is essential and urgent, not just a passing nuanced approach or an experiment in pedagogy. It’s everything. It’s my life, it’s my heart, it’s my past and my future. Can they see it through my eyes? Can they exercise the imaginative empathy it requires to see things anew? I’d hand my husband a chapter and my stomach would be in knots because I was exposing something about myself that I’d never really shared with anyone before. Sometimes the anecdotes were ugly, others mere moments that splintered under my skin and stayed with me, became part of my narrative. The book is an effort to reclaim that narrative. I’d spent night after night awake, buzzing with fear, thinking I was a traitor for sharing my story. But now there are so many students, writers, and educators holding their hands out to me, naming my book a gift instead of a betrayal. And it is such a relief. It’s like this meteor shower exploded in my mind! I wasn’t alone. It didn’t just happen to me. I can’t even put into words how much stronger this knowledge made me. It validated my presence in the classroom all those years ago and my presence, now, on the page. My stories aren’t an act of betrayal, they’re an act of love.

Q: Haymarket (which publishes Things That Make White People Uncomfortable by Michael Bennett and Dave Zirin and Citizen Illegal by Jose Olivarez) seems like an ideal home for The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop. How did you come to be published by them? 

A: I submitted the book proposal to one publishing house only, and that was Haymarket Books. In retrospect that was a risky move, but I believed in their mission, I knew they were right for the project, and I loved the idea of paying homage to my Chicago teaching years through them. I credit Young Chicago Authors with teaching me how to love and mentor and be in dialogue with students, relating to them as whole people with inspiring writing legacies. It took a radical writing community to nurture me and grow me into the teacher I am today, and it took a radical publisher to see this book through fruition. Partnering with a small publishing house has taught me a ton, both good and bad. Still, I wouldn’t have done it any other way.

Q: In The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop you mention, “When I first had my son, I thought there’s no way it’s possible, passing down this burden of how to be a person: a good boy, a just man. The responsibility felt overwhelming. It wasn’t until later, when I realized just how much I had changed since giving birth, that it dawned on me: My son is training me in how to be a person, too. Teaching is reciprocal.” By giving birth to this book you are teaching countless people. How has the process of writing, publishing, and promoting this book changed you?

A: I’m entirely different now. Matured, I would say, from fearful to forthright. I’ve grown into (am growing into) what the book demands of me, which is to say confidence, eloquence, inventiveness, dependability. And let’s not forget self-preservation, as the book elicits frightening messages of hate and defensiveness and dismissiveness from white educators. I want to know, how can we do better, be better? A fellow Latina author recently referred to me as a small business owner—my business being the professional development workshops and one-on-one consultations that I offer faculty from across the teaching spectrum, from elementary to graduate school, in pursuit of doing better—and that kind of blew my mind, because to me it’s the movement, right? The work is the movement. It’s not just me out for me. The anti-racist workshop is human-to-human connection: I see you, I hear you, you exist. Let’s build together.

Q: Do you have upcoming projects that my readers should have on their radar?

A: Yes! Thank you for asking. For those who teach, I’m conducting one-on-one consultations to talk shop, brainstorm, troubleshoot, dream. Name your rate for a half-hour or hour-long session. Reach out here: https://www.antiracistworkshop.com/contact. I also aim to buy a building to start a learning retreat for anti-racist writers and teachers. I dream of something beautiful, safe, and restorative. Please contact me if you’re down to support this initiative.

3. Resources
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SHORT STORY COLLECTION PRIZE

Submission Period: September 1 – December 1

The W.S. Porter Prize offers $1000 and publication by Regal House Publishing for a collection of finely crafted short stories. For more information, visit https://www.regalhousepublishing.com/ 

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PRESS 53 AWARD FOR SHORT FICTION

Submission Period: September 1 – December 31

A prize of $1000, publication by Press 53, and 50 author copies is given for a short story collection. This competition is open to any writer, regardless of his or her publication history, provided the manuscript is written in English and the author lives in the United States or one of its territories. For more information, visit https://www.press53.com/ 

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GEORGE BOGIN MEMORIAL AWARD FOR POETRY

Submission Period: October 1 – December 31 

The Poetry Society of America offers $500 for a selection of four or five poems that use language in an original way to reflect the encounter of the ordinary and the extraordinary and to take a stand against oppression in any of its forms. For more information, visit https://poetrysociety.org/ 

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TOM HOWARD/JOHN H. REID FICTION & ESSAY CONTEST

Submission Period: October 15 – April 30

$3000 is awarded for first prize for a story, and $3000 is awarded for first prize for an essay. Ten honorable mentions will receive $200 each. For more information, visit https://winningwriters.com/ 

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VERN RUTSALA BOOK PRIZE

Deadline: October 31

A prize of $1000 and publication by Cloudbank Books is given for a collection of poetry and/or flash fiction. For more information, visit https://cloudbankbooks.com/

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$20,000 PAUL ENGLE PRIZE

Submission Period: November 1 – March 31

The Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature offers $20,000 to a poet, fiction writer, or nonfiction writer who represents a pioneering spirit in the world of literature through writing, editing, publishing, or teaching. Past recipients include Luis Alberto Urrea and Roxane Gay. For more information, visit https://www.iowacityofliterature.org/ 

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ANTON CHEKOV AWARD FOR FLASH FICTION

Deadline: November 30

A prize of $1250, publication in LitMag, and agency review by a reputable literary agent will be given for a piece of flash fiction. For more information, visit https://litmag.com/

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KENYON REVIEW SHORT NONFICTION CONTEST

Submission Period: December 1 – December 31

The contest is open to all writers who have not yet published a book of creative nonfiction. Submissions must be no more than 1,200 words in length. For more information, visit https://kenyonreview.org/

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ACENTOS REVIEW

The Acentos Review publishes poetry, fiction, memoir, interviews, translations, and artwork by emerging and established Latinx writers and artists four times a year. They welcome submissions in English, Spanish, Portuguese, a combination of two languages, as well as the use of indigenous languages. For more information, visit http://www.acentosreview.com 

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JUST PUBLISHED: DEATH SONG OF THE DRAGON BY R. CH. GARCIA

Legacies of slavery and systemic violence rip at US “unity.” Privileged interpretations of its history, now rejected. Teens still ask, “Who am I?” But now they also struggle with, “Were my ancestors conquerors or the conquered?”

Here enters this saga about Irish-American Miguel Reilly whose summer in rural New Mexico raises explosive questions. Is Miguel really Irish? Was his family linked to resistance to the Mexican American War? Most crucially, what can a young gringo salvage from his heritage to equip him to battle an Aztec dragon? 

Garcia’s mix of Mexican myth and fantasy/sci-fi rides the cusp of best-selling Latino works like Gods of Jade and Shadow, Shadowshaper, Lords of the Earth, and The Garza Twins. David Bowles, award-winning author of Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico, says about this novel: “An epic journey of discovery, transformation and destiny will keep readers at the edge of their seats and gasping at every new twist.” For more information, visit https://www.rchgarcia.com/ 

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“The time for change is now. We can’t wait it out in hopes of a better tomorrow, because today’s creative writing cohort hires tomorrow’s teachers, edits tomorrow’s magazines, produces tomorrow’s plays, and acquires tomorrow’s manuscripts. Their investigative journalism can incite tomorrow’s impeachment; their stump speech can secure tomorrow’s seat in public office. What may read as a crisis in creative writing is at heart a crisis in American culture: without voice, participatory democracy fails.”
—Felicia Rose Chavez

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Latinidad – Summer 2021: Finding Home

Contents:
1. Saludos
2. Q&A: Estelí Meza
3. Resources: Pank Seeks Writers and Artists 18 and Younger
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“Marcela’s advice provides practical action steps for someone like me who is a novice when it comes to the process of getting a first book published with real world understanding of how the book industry works. During our one-hour talk, I clung to every word and afterward left our conversation reinvigorated and hopeful that if I do my homework I will indeed find the right agent, publish my book, and embark on a second career as a writer. Thank you, Marcela!”
—Zita Arocha

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1. Saludos

Journeying towards home is a trope as eternal as The Odyssey, yet Estelí Meza, author of the picture book Finding Home, offers a modern twist that echoes current events such as climate change. Warm colors and comforting images render what could be a scary topic for children into a soothing story. Learn more from the Q&A below with Estelí Meza.

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

2. Q&A

Estelí Meza grew up surrounded by books, and her love for illustration began when she attended la Feria del Libro Infantil y Juvenil with her father. In 2018, Estelí was awarded A la Orilla del Viento, the premier picture book award in Mexico. Finding Home is her author-illustrator debut in the United States, published by Scholastic. She has also illustrated books published in Mexico, Spain, and the United Arab Emirates. Estelí spends her days drawing in her neighborhood in Mexico City and is always happiest with her notebook and pencil, and a chocolate pastry and cafecito. Visit her at estelimeza.com.

Q: Which specific authors inspired you to publish your own children’s picture books?

A: Arnold Lobel, Maurice Sendak, and Isol inspired me to write and illustrate my own picture books.

I love Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad series! The characters and illustrations have so much personality. I have always identified with the stories, as a child and today. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak is also one of my favorites—the connection between the text and illustrations is so brilliant. The color and texture of the illustrations are beautiful. I also love all the Isol books, an author-illustrator from Argentina. Her stories are so funny and witty. And her drawings are dynamic and experimental. My favorite book by Isol is Secreto de familia (Family Secret).

Q: Finding Home is your author-illustrator debut in the US. What aspects of being an author (as opposed to being solely the illustrator) did you most enjoy? What, if any, aspects were surprising?

A: I really enjoyed creating both the art and text of picture books. My process is very particular since I first draw the whole story. Then when I finish all the images, I start writing the words to go with the images. I have an idea in my head about the concept, and I have to decode it to put it into words. Sometimes it is a great challenge to find the correct word to between the image and the storyline. For Finding Home, I wrote the text in Spanish and Scholastic translated into English. I am thrilled the book is available in both an English edition as well as an e-book bilingual edition.

Q: I love how the endpapers offer a sort of prequel and sequel to Finding Home. Was this intentional or was this a gift from your subconscious? 

A: This was a suggestion from my amazing editor Kait Feldman at Scholastic. It’s a great idea because a book starts as soon as the book is opened, everything matters. I think this idea allows the book to show the passage of time. First we see Conejo in his house very calm enjoying a meal, yet in the window in background we see the wind of a storm coming. On the next page we see the house flying and on the next page the text of the storyline begins. And the same thing happens at the end, the story continues in the Author’s Note and in the endpapers when we see Conejo with his friends enjoying music, cake and cafecito with his friends in his new home.

Q: How does your work for magazines inform your children’s picture books? And vice versa?

A: I think all my work influences each other. When creating illustrations for magazines, for an audience of adults I draw with fewer colors in an abstract style. Yet at the same time, I work with textures from my children’s books work. When I work on my picture books, I use a lot of colors and textures and I focus on the concept, the strong idea of the story. And this focus on the conceptual comes from my work in magazines. The most important part, and what I try to do in all my work, is to enjoy the process of creating. I think I have the most incredible profession!

Q: Your agent is Stefanie Sanchez Von Borstel of Full Circle Literary. How did you meet her? And how did you come to be published by Orchard Books/Scholastic?

A: My agent Stefanie Sanchez Von Borstel was browsing in a bookstore with her son in Lima, Peru. Her son picked up Cuentos y leyendas de América Latina, a book I had published with Grupo Anaya, because he loved the colorful artwork. Stefanie bought the book for her son and they enjoyed reading it together. She reached out to me by email. I had published books in Mexico and South America, and Stefanie thought my illustrations would be welcomed by editors at US publishers. Full Circle Literary now represents my work in the US, and I had previously met Mariel Lopez-Mota from Scholastic at FIL Guadalajara Book Fair. Once Mariel heard that Stefanie represents me, together they introduced Finding Home to editor Kait Feldman. With this team, Finding Home found the perfect home at Scholastic.

Q: Imagine someone reads Finding Home and is inspired to write/illustrate her own book. What advice do you have for her?

A: First, I would be very honored and happy. The best advice I can share is to be patient. The process of creating a book takes a long time. Sometimes we want to finish quickly and have it published. But every story has its time, and we have to be sensitive to each step it take. It’s important to listen to our editors and agents. Their point of view is critical to helping to create the best book. Another recommendation is not to compare yourself to others. Sometimes we believe that others are better than us, or that they have better stories. But really, each one has a voice, each one has a way of illustrating and a unique story to tell. Each book is unique. That’s the beauty of picture books.

Q: Do you have upcoming projects that my readers should have on their radar?

A: Yes, I am working on a board book series by Tessa Strickland for Barefoot Books. There will be four books for very young children about yoga, Calm Bunny and Strong Puppy just released. I also illustrated Peace (and Paz) written by Miranda and Baptiste Paul with NorthSouth Books, which is a poetic picture book about bringing peace to our world. It has a beautiful gatefold. Now, I’m currently working on developing my next author-illustrator picture books, and hope to continue to publish many more books.

3. Resources
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SEWANEE REVIEW CONTEST
Submission Period: July 1 – July 31
The Sewanee Review is America’s oldest continuously published literary quarterly.Two prizes of $1000 each and publication in Sewanee Review is given for a short story and an essay. For more information, visit https://thesewaneereview.com
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FICTION CONTEST
Deadline: July 31
A prize of $2500 and publication by Howling Bird Press is given for a book of fiction. Novellas, novels, or short story collections will be considered. For more information, visit https://engage.augsburg.edu/howlingbird/
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SHORT SHORT FICTION PRIZE
Submission Period: August 1 – September 1
First prize is $500, second prize is $300, and third prize is $200. Winning stories will be published in The Southampton Review. For more information, visit https://www.thesouthamptonreview.com/short-short-fiction-contest/
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POETRY COLLECTION PRIZE
Submission Period: August 1 – October 31
The Minds on Fire Open Book Prize recognizes that the best books aren’t always first books. Conduit Books & Ephemera offers $1500 and publication for a poetry collection. For more information, visit https://www.conduit.org/
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AMERICAN SOUTH NOVEL PRIZE
Deadline: September 1
The Lee Smith Novel Prize offers $1000 and publication by Blair for a novel by an author from, living in, or writing about the American South. Blair is an independent press interested in publishing underrepresented writers such as women, people of color, authors with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ authors. For more information, visit https://www.blairpub.com/
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THE YALE REVIEW
Submission Period: September – October
The Yale Review aims to discover a new generation of writers and thinkers. They accept submissions of poetry, fiction, essays, review essays, and translations. For more information, visit https://yalereview.org/
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CREATIVE NONFICTION PRIZE
Reading Period: September 1 – November 15
The Harpur Palate Prize in Creative Nonfiction offers $500 and publication in the Harpur Palate for an essay. For more information, visit https://harpurpalate.binghamton.edu/
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WAXWING JOURNAL
Waxwing is a literary journal promoting the tremendous cultural diversity of contemporary American literature, alongside international voices in translation. Their mission is to include writers from all cultural identities, in terms of race, ethnicity, indigenous tribe, gender, class, sexuality, age, education, ability, language, religion, and region. For more information, visit https://waxwingmag.org/
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PANK SEEKS WRITERS AND ARTISTS 18 AND YOUNGER
Co-founded by Roxane Gay, PANK Magazine is a literary magazine fostering access to innovative poetry and prose, publishing the brightest and most promising writers for the most adventurous readers. They seek submissions for Future Fridays from writers and artists who are 18 years old or younger. Submit 3-5 poems, flash pieces, art pieces, comic pages, up to 3500 words of prose, or up to 2 minutes of spoken word recording. For more information, visit https://pankmagazine.com/
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HOLY COW! PRESS
Holy Cow! Press publishes poetry, short fiction, novels, biographies, memoirs, and anthologies centered on specific themes. They are one of the few small publishers that routinely publishes books by Native American authors.For more information, visit https://www.holycowpress.org/
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“This tip might at first seem obvious, but people frequently tell me they want to write a picture book for children, without having read a picture book for 20 years. Follow this simple rule: Whatever you love reading is what you should be writing.”
Simon Van Booy

Latinidad® © 2003 by Marcela Landres

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Latinidad – Spring 2021: Before and After the Book Deal

Contents:
1. Saludos
2. Q&A: Courtney Maum
3. Resources: $15,000 Book Pipeline Unpublished Contest
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BEFORE YOU SEND IT OUT

“I had a discussion with Marcela about a novel I’ve been working on for over thirteen years. She was supportive in her critique and creative. From her I realized that my writing in the novel is solid but needs rethinking. And she accomplished this with humor and kindness. She saw the music and the crazy images, as well as the need to cut. Mainly, I figure I’m going to get some extra stories and a solid novel out of our discussion. And a wonderful friendship. This was an honest discussion. If you can’t handle honesty, don’t bother talking with Marcela. If you are ready to move forward, make an appointment to talk.”
—Lolita Hernandez, author of Autopsy of an Engine and Other Stories from the Cadillac Plant, winner of a PEN Beyond Margins Award, https://www.lolitahernandez.com/

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1. Saludos

Critically acclaimed novelist Courtney Maum is a generous friend to writers. Her guide Before and After the Book Deal: A Writer’s Guide to Finishing, Publishing, Promoting, and Surviving Your First Book is both comforting and bracing, like hot tea spiked with bourbon. Nearly every page reveals a turn of phrase or tip demanding to be highlighted. The perfect complement to craft books such as Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, Before and After the Book Deal should be read by every aspiring author. To learn more, read the Q&A below with Courtney Maum.

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

2. Q&A

Courtney Maum is the author of the novels Costalegre (a GOOP book club pick and one of Glamour Magazine’s top books of the decade), I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You and Touch (a New York Times Editor’s Choice and NPR Best Book of the Year selection), the popular guidebook Before and After the Book Deal: A writer’s guide to finishing, publishing, promoting, and surviving your first book, and the forthcoming memoir, The Year of the Horses. A nominee for the Joyce Carol Oates Prize, Courtney’s writing has been widely published in such outlets as the New York Times, and O, the Oprah Magazine, and her short story This is Not Your Fault was turned into an Audible Original at Amazon. Courtney is the founder of the artist residency, The Cabins and she privately coaches writers on how to preserve the mystery and joy of the creative process in a culture that wants artists to become brands. You can sign up for her newsletter at CourtneyMaum.com

Q: Toni Morrison reportedly said, “If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.” In the introduction to Before and After the Book Deal you wrote, “There are a lot of craft books that tell you how to write a book, but I couldn’t find any that covered what it feels and looks like when you actually publish one. And so I sat down to write the crowdsourced turducken of a selfhelp craft book that I couldn’t find.” Was there a specific moment in the publication of your first novel I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You that made you realize you must be the one to write Before and After the Book Deal? 

A: While I was on book tour for my debut, I was sitting alone in a hotel that my publisher had generously paid for in a city far from home, and I’d just done yet another book event for a standing room only crowd of like four people. Night after night on that two-week tour, I felt like such a failure. Because no one had told me what to expect on tour, I thought I was supposed to sell cartons of books every night, I thought the bookstores were supposed to be packed, I thought I was supposed to debut on a bestseller list. After the first week of tour, I cracked and called my agent, confiding about my embarrassment over my lackluster crowds. My agent laughed and said that all of this was normal, that the tour wasn’t about sales, it was about building relationships with booksellers. That was the moment the seed was planted for BEFORE AND AFTER THE BOOK DEAL. I hung up the phone thinking, well, if that’s what this is all about why didn’t anyone tell me before I left on tour?
     On the second week of tour in another hotel room, I wrote a piece for Buzzfeed about what the debut experience was like for me. It was candid and honest and it didn’t buckle under the weight of the “hashtag grateful” thing—what I mean is that I think I found a way to acknowledge the privilege and luck of being a touring writer while also sharing how truly hard it is/was. The response to that essay was super positive, not just from writers but from editors and agents. So I thought, maybe I have something here! But I couldn’t write a book about publishing until I’d published more books.

Q: In addition to having authored the acclaimed novels I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You, Touch, and Costalegre, you are a Corporate namer, founded the artist residency, The Cabins, and you have published widely in outlets such as New York Times and O, the Oprah Magazine. All this and you have a child. You must be a ninja at time management. How do you do it?

A: I would say that time management is, in fact, my strongest and most valuable skill. To the extent that I can do this (the pandemic makes it challenging, natch) I reserve Mondays and Tuesdays exclusively for my own writing: not for emails, not for freelance work, not for errands or socializing. Wednesdays and Fridays I use for freelance work and administrative stuff for the non-profit arts program I run, The Cabins. Thursdays I try to get back to my own creative projects again. I don’t work on the weekends—it’s crucial that I really unplug and recharge on my days off. Usually on Sundays I cook a bunch of different dishes that I can reheat throughout the week so I don’t have to take too much time on food prep for my family (or listen to my husband claim “there’s nothing to cook.”) I’m loyal to this schedule, week after week, year after year. I’ve also educated my daughter to value what I do and to understand that I find joy and value in it, too. By this point (she’s seven, now) my daughter understands the timeline of book production. She comes to book events with me. She looks at different cover comps. I try to get her invested in what this whole book-making thing entails so that she feels inspired when Mama’s office door is closed instead of excluded.
     And finally, I protect my time. Not just my writing time, my time. I carefully review who asks to friend me on social media and I block people the second something offensive happens. I’ve tried to whittle down my friendships to the ones that bring me joy and emotional nourishment. Pushing out the sub-par people (and Internet trolls) from my life leaves me with a lot more free time!

Q: Your chapbook Notes From Mexico and novel Costalegre are set in Mexico, and you are learning to speak Spanish. What first drew you to Mexico and how has the country and its language influenced your writing?

A: What first drew me to Mexico was an invitation—my husband’s father’s first wife has a beautiful hacienda in Costalegre we first visited in 2007. Accordingly, my first trip to Mexico was effectuated in a bubble—Careyes, though rural, is a really privileged place—but since then we have traveled much more widely throughout Mexico. It’s hard not to fall into platitudes when you’re talking about your affection for a culture that isn’t yours, but one thing that really draws me to Mexican people and Mexican culture is that a lot of Mexicans aren’t jaded. My husband is French, and I’m sorry to generalize, but the French are truly jaded. Many French people come at things from a place of defensiveness and negativity. They’re anti entrepreneurship, and they even describe the weather and other things starting from a place of negativity: “Il ne fait pas moche,” (It isn’t ugly out today), “C’est pas mal,” to describe a dish ordered in a restaurant (“It’s isn’t bad.”) Whereas in Mexico, I think a lot of people approach things from a place of optimism and faith. I find that attitude so energizing, so magical. It changes the way I think about a lot of things and makes me feel lucky for the incredible things I already have.

Q: As The Query Doula you help writers prepare their manuscripts and query letters for an agent’s eyes. What have you leaned from the writers you have coached? 

A: Across the board, regardless of whether I’m coaching a fiction writer or a memoir writer, I would say that most people have a hard time communicating what their story is about and why they are the only person who can write it. The more people identify and own the reasons that push them to write in the first place, the more they will see what their story is. When writers stand up and say, “this highly specific thing is my preoccupation and here is a book about it”—the material truly sings.

Q: What are you working on now that my readers should put on their radar?

A: I’m working to organize the next group retreat for The Cabins, and I’m under contract for a memoir called THE YEAR OF THE HORSES about the year I turned to horse contact to get me out of a serious depression and free fall in my home life. I currently have two ongoing writing courses: one teaches accountability called “Write Day by Day” and the other one, “The Book Deal Toolkit” at Catapult, walks participants through the various materials they need for a book deal. That course information is all on CourtneyMaum.com where you can also subscribe to my newsletter, which has free publishing and writing tips. Good luck to everyone out there working on creative projects—we’ve got this!

3. Resources
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COMMUNITY OF WRITERS ONLINE WORKSHOPS
Deadline: March 28
The Community of Writers will offer online workshops in poetry from June 19 to June 26, in fiction from July 11 to July 17, and in creative nonfiction from August 1 to August 6. Workshops, craft talks, publishing panels, readings, and one-on-one conferences are offered. Faculty include Kirstin Valdez Quade, Hector Tobar, and Alex Espinoza. Fore more information, visit https://communityofwriters.org/
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MIDDLE GRADE FICTION PRIZE
Deadline: April 6
The Kraken Book Prize offers $750 and publication by Regal House Publishing for a work of compelling fiction for the middle grade market. For more information, visit https://www.regalhousepublishing.com/
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$40,000 CREATIVE NONFICTION GRANTS
Deadline: April 26
The Whiting Foundation offers up to eight grants of $40,000 each for creative nonfiction works-in-progress to enable writers to complete their books. For more information, visit https://www.whiting.org/writers/creative-nonfiction-grant
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ADRIENNE RICH AWARD FOR POETRY
Deadline: April 30
A prize of $1500 and publication in Beloit Poetry Journal is given for a single poem. For more information, visit https://www.bpj.org/about/rich-award
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$2000 POETRY PRIZE
Submission Period: April 1 – May 1
The Backwaters Prize offers the winner $2000 and the honorable mention $1000 for a poetry collection or a single long poem. Both winners will be awarded the publication of their book by the University of Nebraska Press under its imprint, The Backwaters Press. For more information, visit http://thebackwaterspress.com
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RAYMOND CARVER SHORT STORY CONTEST
Submission Period: April 1 – May 15
A prize of $2000 and publication in Carve Magazine is offered for a short story. For more information, visit http://www.carvezine.com
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$2500 ESSAY AWARD
Deadline: May 18
The Conger Beasley Award for Nonfiction offers $2500 and publication in New Letters for an essay. For more information, visit https://www.newletters.org/
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$15,000 BOOK PIPELINE UNPUBLISHED CONTEST
Early Bird Deadline: June 1
The Book Pipeline Unpublished Contest is exclusively for unpublished manuscripts across six categories of fiction and nonfiction: Literary, Mystery/Thriller,Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Young Adult, Middle Grade, and Nonfiction. Winners and finalists receive: $15,000 to winners ($2,500 for each category winner); immediate circulation to publishers, agents, editors, and other execs; and consideration from producers seeking projects for film and TV adaptation. For more information, visit https://bookpipeline.com/
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CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOK AWARD
Deadline: June 15
The Little, Brown Emerging Artist Awards seeks to encourage the development of high-quality children’s picture books that resonate with readers of diverse backgrounds and experiences, that in some manner draw from the rich cultural experiences of this country—whether they manifest in character, theme, setting, plot, or are derived simply from the artist’s own experience of identity. For more information, visit http://lbartistaward.com
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SEEKING REVOLUTIONARY QUEER WOMEN OF COLOR
The Aunt Lute Foundation is a multicultural women’s press. The priority of their staff is to publish fiction and nonfiction by women, both transgender and cisgender, not traditionally served by mainstream publishers, particularly works by women of color. For more information, visit http://www.auntlute.com
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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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—Jeanette Winterson

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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.

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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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“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

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