JOIN US in celebrating the 50th anniversary of Chicano Manifesto
In November 2021, Somos en escrito will observe the 50th year of the publication of Chicano Manifesto, authored by the founder and editor of Somos en Escrito Magazine, with the second reprint of the seminal classic on Chicanismo.
We invite persons who read the book when it was released by Macmillan Company in 1971 and in the following years and decades to recount the impact of the book on themselves, what they learned from the book that guided them through the years, and a word about the importance of preserving Mexican American history and culture for future generations.
Email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Commentaries will be published in a special feature in the magazine upon publication of the reprint.
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 10.8.2021! Don't get your three hands stuck in the door! Submit now!
Like awoken crypt fiends and stasis cocoon astronauts, we all this year have emerged into the black of night or the warmth of the sunlit alien world once more. The Extra Fiction Contest is Emerging, our intention, our theme. While submissions may be of any Speculative, Slipstream, Magic Realism, Fantasy, Science Fiction, or Horror theme, we are keeping a few of our extra eyestalks out for anything EMERGING.
Contest submission is free and is open for any Indigenous-Hispanic person from or residing in the USA (of American Indian, Chicano/Mexican American, Puerto Rican, Cuban American, Dominican American, Central American, South American origin).
Manuscripts must be unpublished, in English, Spanish, or Ingléspañol. Put “2021 Extra-Fiction Contest” in the email subject line. Email Word format (.docx) unpublished submissions with short bio in third person and author’s photo to email@example.com. One submission per author, 6,000 word limit, contact us beforehand if the submission is over 6,000 words. Submission is free. Deadline is September 30, 2021. Science-fiction stories published in Somos en escrito during the year are considered for the contest.
Prizes: 1st place: $100 and a copy of Porvenir Ya!, Chicano Sci-fi Anthology (upcoming 2021) 2nd place: Copy of Porvenir Ya! 3rd place: Copy of Porvenir Ya! Two Honorary Mentions. All Finalists will have their stories published online in Somos en escrito Literary Magazine.
2020 coming for the Extra-Fiction Contest, captured at the last moment.
We Shall Return!
The mala onda of 2020 rolled in like icy vampiric Bay Area fog and drained the vitality of the Extra-Fiction Contest, leaving us with a husk.
We did not receive enough submissions to give a fair contest to those intrepid and appreciated few who submitted. Thank you to those writers and we hope you submit next year as well.
Somos en escrito also appreciates the judge Ernest Hogan, the father, godfather, all father of Chicano Sci-fi whose work inspires us all to dare the "recombocultural" visions that he creates and makes seem natural and vital. He has been the perfect judge for this contest and we look forward to more collaborations.
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.
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.
A Creative Non-fiction Anthology of Native and Latina/o/x voices featuring, in part: Carmen Baca, Ernest Hogan, Maria Nieto, Carlota Caulfield, Roberto Haro, and Rosa Martha Villarreal
Somos en escrito Literary Foundation Press, an extension of Somos en escrito literary magazine, was founded to be a welcoming venue for American writers of indigenous-hispanic origin (Indigenous and/or Latina/o/x) to share their authentic stories, advance Chicano and Latino literature, and establish literatura latina as very much a part of U.S. American literature. Continually, our authentic voices have been muzzled and our complex narratives stolen from us and made into a derogatory tableau of how the dominant society, through its publishing houses and mass media, prefers for us to be portrayed. We say, Basta! Enough! to the perversion of our culture, our history and our contributions to the U.S. that the mass media peddle and profit from.
THE CALL Nuestra Realidad Creativa will be a collection of authentic stories that explore our creative reality. We are accepting creative nonfiction: memoirs, historical narratives, and journalistic reporting. The topic is open, but we are interested in work that address the expropriation of our culture, our lack of an assertive voice in all areas of social interaction, our grounding in indigenous origins and traditions, our literature and the fine and plastic arts, and the role of education in preserving and enhancing our culture and history.
Deadline for the submission of manuscripts is November 15, 2020. Finalists will be announced by March 15, 2021. Submit manuscripts as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please cite "Realidad Submission" in the Subject box and include an author photo (jpeg) with a bio of no more than 120 words (e.g., state ethnicity, place of birth, previous publications, and current city of residence). Manuscripts should be prepared in Word format, 12 point Times New Roman, double-spaced, and can be written primarily either in English or Spanish. Recommended length is generally from 3,500 to 5,000 words. If you have questions, please email us at: email@example.com.
This is an open call to writers living in the U.S. who have Indigenous American, Mexican American, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, and Central and South American origin, born or resident in the U.S.