March 3, 2021
2021 Hillary Gravendyk Prize
Announcing the Winners of the 2020 Hillary Gravendyk Prize & 2021 Contest Opening
Open for submissions February 1 - April 30, 2021
$20 per manuscript via Inlandia’s Submittable page:
Regional Hillary Gravendyk Prize winner Jonathan Maule is the winner of the 2014 Academy of American Poets Contest at Cal Poly, SLO. His first book of poetry, 'Dog Star', was published by Big Yes Press, and his work has also appeared in Askew, Talking River, Rain Taxi, RHINO Reviews!, Spillway, and Phoebe. He lives and teaches in Twentynine Palms, CA.
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by the Inlandia Institute are given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. resident and a poetry collection by a poet residing in Inland Southern California, including Riverside and San Bernardino Counties and any non-coastal area of Southern California, from Death Valley to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $20 entry fee by April 30. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
About the 2021 Judges
Margaret Ronda is an associate professor in the Department of English at the University of California-Davis, where she teaches American poetry and environmental theory and literature. She is the author of two books of poems, 'Personification' (Saturnalia Books, 2010) and 'For Hunger' (2018), and a critical study, 'Remainders: American Poetry at Nature’s End' (Stanford University Press, 2018).
Megan Gravendyk-Estrella is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse and Poet. Megan is a two time winner of the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize and the author of the Seattle Young Playwrights prize winning short play “Good Evening Mrs. Gerfella”. Megan lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband, Jose and his daughter, Sofia. Hillary and Megan wrote together their entire lives and most recently attended the Napa Valley Writers Workshop. Prior to Hillary’s passing, the sister’s work-shopped poetry and short fiction together, including many poems in Hillary’s book, 'Harm'.
COMMUNITY BOOK READ
"Still Water Saints"
ONE COMMUNITY, MANY VOICES:
A community read and discussion project spanning two years and two books and celebrating the voices of queer writers of color who live or work in – or write about – the Inland Southern California region. The project launched last fall with There Should be Flowers by Joshua Jennifer Espinoza, and continues this spring with Still Water Saints by Inland Empire writer Alex Espinoza.
FREE copies of Still Water Saints will be available throughout the month of March from the following library partners (while supplies last):
- Riverside Public Library System (all branches except Main)
- Riverside County Library System (Sun City, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Robidoux)
- San Bernardino Public Library (Rowe, Villaseñor, Inghram, and Feldheym)
- San Bernardino County Library System (Fontana, Chino Hills, Highland, Hesperia, Apple Valley)
The Flame: Hope Springs Eternal
Workshop #1: Thursday, February 18, 7–8:30pm
Workshop #2: Thursday, February 25, 7–8:30pm
Dress Rehearsal: Wednesday, March 3, 7–8:30pm
Performance: Thursday, March 4, 7–8:30pm
“For ere this the tribes of men lived on earth remote and free from ills and hard toil and heavy sickness which bring the Fates upon men; for in misery men grow old quickly. But the woman took off the great lid of the jar with her hands and scattered all these and her thought caused sorrow and mischief to men. Only Hope remained there in an unbreakable home within under the rim of the great jar.”-Hesiod, Pandora’s Box, 700 BC
In times of trouble we seek courage and strength, to persevere, in the hope that circumstances will take a turn for the better. The next Flame storytelling workshops in March will embrace the theme of the season, Hope Springs Eternal, as we explore stories where perhaps we can find meaning in the changing season. We will share stories of struggle and triumph, and reminder ourselves that we are resilient and brave. If you have a story about a time when you felt hopeless and ready to give up, but persisted anyway to prevail over despair, we would love to hear it. Let’s remember, although we are apart for now, we can connect through our stories.
If you have a story of hope you’d like to share, please send a short synopsis to Inlandia@InlandiaInstitute.org. Spaces are limited!
Stevie Taken is the founder of The Homespun Players, a small Riverside theatre group established in 2013. She loves all forms of storytelling and especially admires those who choose to share their experiences with live audiences; a special kind of self imposed punishment. This activity was supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.