The Eliud Martínez Prize

2021-22 Judge: Alex Espinoza • DEADLINE EXTENDED: FEBRUARY 28, 2022

Alex Espinoza is the author of Still Water Saints, The Five Acts of Diego León, and Cruising: An Intimate History of a Radical Pastime. The recipient of fellowships from the NEA and MacDowell, as well as an American Book Award, Espinoza also serves as the Tomás Rivera Endowed Chair of Creative Writing at UCR.

The Inlandia Institute is a literary nonprofit and publishing house based in Inland Southern California dedicated to celebrating the region in word, image, and sound.

The Eliud Martínez Prize was established to honor the memory of Eliud Martínez (1935-2020), artist, novelist and professor emeritus of creative writing at University of California, Riverside. One prize of $1000 and book publication through Inlandia Books will be awarded for a first book in fiction or creative nonfiction by a Hispanic, Latino/a/x, or Chicana/o/x writer.

“Our literary expression occupies a place within our American national literature, and among the literatures of the world.”

Eliud Martinez

  • Submissions accepted only from writers who identify as Hispanic, Latino/a/x, or Chicana/o/x.
  • Manuscripts can be in the form of fiction or creative non-fiction, including memoir, essays, stories, and multi-genre or hybrid works.
  • Manuscripts should be between 150 to 300 typed pages, double-spaced in Times New Roman, 12-point font. Longer works of up to 500 pages may be submitted in proposal form only, with excerpt, table of contents, and synopsis. No in-progress manuscripts will be considered.
  • At this time, only submissions written primarily in English will be considered. 
  • Submissions will be read blind, so do not include any contact information on the manuscript itself.
  • Entries must be submitted via Inlandia’s Submittable account.
  • Manuscripts can be under consideration by other publishers, but the winning writer must agree to withdraw their entry from consideration by other publishers. There will be no refunds of entry fees.  


  • Any U.S. writer of Hispanic, Latino/a/x, or Chicana/o/x descent who has not previously published a book of fiction or creative nonfiction/hybrid works may enter the contest, with the exception of current colleagues and/or students, close friends, or family of the judge. Additionally, anyone currently serving in the Inlandia Institute in the last two years, either as an employee or on the Inlandia Institute Board of Directors, or is a close family member of the above, is not eligible.


Inlandia Institute abides by the CLMP Contest Code of Ethics, as written by the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses: “The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. Intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest.”