The Anzaldúa Poetry Prize
Opens: 15 April 2016
Deadline: 15 August 2016
Guest Judge: Eduardo C. Corral
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.
–Gloria E. Anzaldúa, “Speaking in Tongues”
- 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, 2016, 12 a.m., Central daylight time.
- The winner will receive a prize of $500 plus 25 copies of the published manuscript. The author will have the opportunity to purchase additional copies at a discount.
- We will feature the poet on our blog, and s/he will have the option to sign a royalties contract to sell the chapbook with Newfound.
- Newfound will design, print, and bind the chapbook. The cover will be decided in cooperation with the winning author.
- 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.
Eduardo C. Corral will judge the finalists.
Eduardo C. Corral earned degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His debut collection of poetry, “Slow Lightning” (2012), won the Yale Younger Poets Prize, making him the first Latino recipient of the award. Praised for his seamless blending of English and Spanish, tender treatment of history, and careful exploration of sexuality, Corral has received numerous honors and awards, including the Discovery/The Nation Award, the J. Howard and Barbara M.J. Wood Prize, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. A CantoMundo Fellow, he has held the Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship in Creative Writing at Colgate University and was the Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell University. He lives in New York City.
Our panel of readers will shortlist the finalists:
M. J. Gette won the 2015 Anzaldúa Poetry Prize. She is an MFA candidate in Poetry and Anthropology minor at the University of Minnesota. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Carolina Quarterly, Tupelo Quarterly, Fugue, otoliths, Eratio, and elsewhere.
Rodney Gomez won the 2014 Anzaldúa Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Salt Hill, Barrow Street, Texas Poetry Review, and other journals and anthologies. He is the author of “Mouth Filled with Night” and “Spine.”
James Henry Knippen’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Colorado Review, West Branch, Hayden’s Ferry Review, DIAGRAM, Mid-American Review, and elsewhere. He is an AWP Intro Journal Award winner and poetry editor of Newfound. He currently lives in Texas, where he teaches first-year English at Texas State University.
Winners & Finalists
Judge: Carmen Giménez Smith
Winner: M.J. Gette is an MFA candidate in Poetry at the University of Minnesota. Her work is rooted in ecological and anthropological research and has appeared or is forthcoming in Anthro/Poetics, BOAAT, Carolina Quarterly, Tupelo Quarterly, Fugue, otoliths, Indefinite Space, Eratio, and elsewhere. She was awarded a writer’s residency with Arquetopia, Oaxaca, in 2015 to explore syncretism and space in architecture, culture, and poetics. She was also awarded the Marcella DeBourg Fellowship for giving voice to women’s lives, in relation to her ongoing work with NGOs and nonprofits dedicated to migrant issues, ecological research, and Guatemalan and Latino women’s rights. Most recently, she was awarded a FLAS fellowship to continue her studies of the Mayan Kaqchiquel language.
Her winning chapbook, “The Walls They Left Us,” will be published by Newfound in spring of 2016.
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.