March 29, 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)