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Third Annual Eliud Martínez Prize Submission Window Opens November 1!

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Window open: November 1, 2023 – January 31, 2024

Inlandia Institute is pleased to announce that submissions will be accepted for the third annual Eliud Martínez Prize from November 1, 2023 through January 31, 2024. If you are a book author in fiction or creative nonfiction who identifies as Hispanic, Latino/a/x, or Chicana/o/x, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to submit your work for consideration.

Previous prize winners include Zita Arocha, a Cuban-American journalist, writer and educator for Guajira: the Cuba girl, a memoir and Rene Solivan, a Puerto Rican American author and playwright, for Search Party.

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.

In 2021, Inlandia Books published Güero-Güero: The White Mexican and Other Published and Unpublished Stories, a much-anticipated collection of short stories by Eliud Martínez. These semi-autobiographical short stories draw from Martínez’s roots as a Mexican-American growing up in Pflugerville, Texas, where even the cemeteries were segregated—an irony not lost on Martínez, whose own ancestry proves that no matter how one chooses to identify, identity is not so easily teased apart. He further explores his vision of Mexico as one of “a thousand countries with a single name,” which he dramatically illustrates throughout his writing with criollo, mestizo, mulatto, African, and other characters from many historical periods that converge on Mexico.

In addition to Güero-Güero: The White Mexican and Other Published and Unpublished Stories (2021, Riverside, CA: Inlandia Books), Martínez is also the author of the novel Voice-Haunted Journey (1990, U of AZ, Tempe: Bilingual Review Press) and editor of an anthology of student work titled American Identities: California Short Stories of Multiple Ancestries, as well as scholarly articles and essays and the nonfiction book, The Art of Mariano Azuela.

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