IN THE YEAR OF COVID, ALL IS BEYOND REALITY
Deadline: October 17, 2020
At a time when weird, abnormal, spacey, bizarre, creepy become everyday words to describe the world, writers are even more challenged to tell a really far-out story. In this extra bizarro realdom, the Somos en escrito Extra-Fiction Contest challenges all submitters to go the extra step.
BEYOND THE USUAL
Any unpublished fiction that conveys this extra element is eligible. That means any genre, Spec-Lit, Horror, Sci-fi, Experimental, Magic Realism, Fantasy, Abstract, Slipstream, etc. We seek manuscripts from writers of Indigenous, Mexican, Chicano, Puerto Rican, other Caribbean, Central or South American origin born or living in the U.S.
Our judge is Ernest Hogan, Father of Chicano Sci-fi and author of Cortez on Jupiter, High Aztech, and Smoking Mirror Blues.
First prize is $100.
Second and Third Place and two honorary finalists will earn publication and will receive a book donated to Somos en escrito from noted Latino authors.
"El Parbulito" by Gloria Delgado
"A Story of the Fourth Crusade" by Rosa Martha Villarreal
Excerpt from When Corn People Wage War by Tania Romero
(read them here)
“Fatherly, dragonly, motherly . . . love, luck and touch” Rudy Ch. García
“The Archivist” Ricardo Tavarez
"Sessions In Augmented Reality" Nicholas Belardes
Email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Extra-Fiction 2020” in the Subject Box.
Please format manuscripts in Word format, as .docx or .doc attachments, single-spaced and in 12-point Times New Roman font. Place your name and email address in the upper left hand corner of the first page, and submit a short bio including ethnic background along with an author’s photo in .jpeg format.
We look forward to an even more exciting contest than the previous two years. Good luck to all writers.
—The Editors of Somos en escrito Magazine
Congratulations to Somos en escrito Literary Foundation Press ILBA finalists Armando A. Arias and Ernesto Todd Mireles!
Somos en escrito is pleased that the first two books from our press are ILBA finalists! Theorizing César Chávez is a finalist in the category "Victor Villaseñor Latino Focused Nonfiction Book – English" and Insurgent Aztlán is a finalist in the category "Best Political/Current Affairs Book – English."
Congratulations to other finalists who have appeared in Somos en escrito, Alvaro Huerta, Eduardo Cabrera, Sergio Troncoso, and Juan Alvarado Valdivia.
See more at the International Latino Book Awards site.
Click here for the full list of finalists.
Insurgent Aztlán The Liberating Power of Cultural Resistance reconstructs the relationship between social political insurgent theory and Xicano literature, film and myth. Based on decades of organizing experience and scholarly review of the writings of recognized observers and leaders of the process of national liberation movements, author Ernesto Todd Mireles shares a remarkable work of scholarship that incorporates not only the essence of earlier resistance writing, but provides a new paradigm of liberation guidelines for the particular situation of Mexican Americans.
Learn more and get a copy here.
Theorizing César Chávez: New Ways of Knowing STEM presents a new paradigm for examining and analyzing science through an understanding of César Chávez’s values and beliefs, theorizing the application of his innovative thinking to STEM, particularly to address its state in U.S. education today. Author Armando A. Arias ("Dr. Sonny Boy") forges connections between the arts, humanities, social and behavioral and hard sciences, using science friction, including his own visionary travails, to create a presence in the absence of César Chávez.
Learn more and get a copy here.
Congratulations to ILBA finalists who have appeared in Somos en escrito!
Best Latino Focused Fiction Book – English or Bilingual
Cabañuelas: A novel, Norma Elia Cantú; University of New Mexico Press; Mexico/Xicana; San Antonio, TX
Click here to read an excerpt of Cabañuelas.
Best Play or Collection of Plays
Teatro de inmigrantes en los Estados Unidos, Eduardo Cabrera; Argentina; Chicago
Click here to read an excerpt of another book by Eduardo Carbrera.
Best Collection of Short Stories – English or Bilingual
A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son, Sergio Troncoso; Cinco Puntos Press; U.S. Mexican American; New York
Ballad of a Slopsucker: Stories, Juan Alvarado Valdivia; University of New Mexico Press; Mexico/Peruano; San Francisco
Click here to read an excerpt of Ballad of a Slopsucker.
Best Political/Current Affairs Book – English
Defending Latina/o Immigrant Communities, Alvaro Huerta, Hamilton Books; Lanham
Click here to read an excerpt of Defending Latina/o Immigrant Communities.