Gloria E. Anzaldúa Poetry Prize
Opens: 15 April 2015
Deadline: 15 August 2015
Guest Judge: Carmen Giménez Smith
Awards: First place is publication, $500 prize, and 25 contributor copies. Up to five finalists will be announced, and all poems will be considered for publication as a general submission.
Reading Fee: $15
Submit: Submit today!
Our annual poetry prize proudly honors poet, writer, and cultural theorist, Gloria E. Anzaldúa. Anzaldúa’s work highlights how one’s place in the world is at once geographical, geopolitical, psychological, mythological, spiritual, and linguistic. She is well known for her book of prose and poetry, “Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza,” which draws on her experience as a Chicana/Tejana/lesbian/feminist activist—a revolutionary and inspirational work that continues to be so.
The Gloria E. Anzaldúa Poetry Prize is awarded annually, in conjunction with the Anzaldúa Literary Trust, to a poet whose work explores how place shapes identity, imagination, and understanding. Special attention is given to poems that exhibit multiple vectors of thinking: artistic, theoretical, and social, which is to say, political.
Why am I compelled to write? Because the writing saves me from this complacency I fear. …Because the world I create in the writing compensates for what the real world does not give me. By writing I put order in the world, give it a handle so I can grasp it. I write because life does not appease my appetites and hunger. I write to record what others erase when I speak, to rewrite the stories others have miswritten about me, about you. To become more intimate with myself and you. …To dispel the myths that I am a mad prophet or a poor suffering soul. To convince myself that I am worthy and that what I have to say is not a pile of shit. …Finally I write because I’m scared of writing, but I’m more scared of not writing. –”Speaking in Tongues” Gloria E. Anzaldúa
- Submit 15 to 30 pages of poetry. Please include no more than one poem per page.
- Simultaneous submissions and previously published poems are acceptable.
- All entries must be submitted online via our submission manager and be contained in a single document.
- The author’s name should not appear in the document (.doc or .docx).
- A non-refundable $15 reading fee must accompany your submission.
- Students (past and present), relatives, and close friends of the judge are ineligible.
The submission deadline is August 15th, 2015, 12 a.m., Central daylight time.
All finalists will be announced in December on the Newfound blog.
All poems submitted for the award will be considered for publication in Newfound.
Due to the number of submissions, we cannot respond to each writer individually. Each author will receive an acknowledgment of receipt but will need to check the website for notification of the winner.
Carmen Giménez Smith will judge the finalists.
Carmen Giménez Smith is the author of a memoir and four poetry collections—including “Milk and Filth,” finalist for the 2013 NBCC award in poetry. A CantoMundo Fellow, she now teaches in the creative writing programs at New Mexico State University, while serving as the editor-in-chief of the literary journal Puerto del Sol and the publisher of Noemi Press.
Judge: Ada Limón
Winner: Rodney Gomez is the author of “Mouth Filled with Night” (Northwestern 2014), winner of the Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize. His poetry has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Barrow Street, Blackbird, Devil’s Lake, Salt Hill, Fourteen Hills, Drunken Boat, Texas Poetry Review, and RHINO, where it won the Editors’ Prize. Born and raised in Brownsville, Texas, he earned a BA from Yale and an MFA from the University of Texas–Pan American. He has been awarded residencies to the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Santa Fe Art Institute. He has also served on the board of Migrant Health Promotion, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of migrants, immigrants, and related populations. He edits the accompanying anthology to El Retorno, an annual event honoring Gloria E. Anzaldúa held at the University of Texas-Pan American. He works as an urban planner in Weslaco, Texas.
His winning chapbook, “Spine,” will be published by Newfound spring 2015. A video interview with the poet was produced and published on our blog and on YouTube.
Our panel of readers will shortlist the finalists:
John Fry‘s poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Colorado Review, West Branch, The Laurel Review, Washington Square, Octopus, The Offending Adam, and have been anthologized in New Border Voices. He’s the author of the chapbook “silt will swirl” (NewBorder) and a graduate of the MFA program at Texas State University. He currently lives and works in San Antonio. In the Fall, he’ll begin pursuing a doctorate in medieval and early modern British literature at the University of Texas at Austin.
Luisa Muradyan is originally from the Ukraine and currently teaches English at Kansas State University. She will also begin her PhD studies in creative writing at the University of Houston this fall. Previous work has appeared in Ninth Letter, PANK, Anderbo, Camroc Press Review, A-Minor, and Neon Literary Magazine. She also has poems forthcoming in Mudlark and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her work in PANK and Ninth Letter.
Mary Selph is a PhD student in the Media, Art, and Text program at VCU, where she is associate media editor for Blackbird. Her work has appeared in Broad River Review, where it was a finalist for the Rash Award in Poetry, and “Time You Let Me In: 25 Poets Under 25,” edited by Naomi Shihab Nye.