Hispanic Culture Review – Literary and Photographic Contest 2020-2021

Together, We Adapt

Systematic routines of consistency, security, and habit are addictive. It’s often easier to entrench ourselves in the mundane and remain within our sheltered bubbles; inevitably though, change confronts us in various forms — unexpected encounters, new opportunities, or new conditions that demand our attention. In such moments, all we can do is adapt. Adaptation exhibits the willingness to persevere and triumph over any obstacles one may face. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, lives have been distorted and restricted, yet communities have forged ahead and we have boldly and brazenly adapted our lives, together.

For its 2021 edition, the Hispanic Cultural Review calls on both domestic and global writers or artists to submit narratives, works, or images of encounters that represent how they have approached and been affected by adaptation. Much will be written of COVID-19’s impact and how the shared adventure of living through a pandemic has remade our lives, but we also encourage writers to explore the various meanings and definitions of adaptation within their personal experiences and their communities. Regardless of the focus, the stories of our experiences deserve to be heard.

1 work will be awarded in each category: 1) photography & visual arts, 2) poetry, and 3) narrative/essay/academic investigation.

The selected works will be published in our magazine, and winners will receive a monetary prize of $100 dollars and a certificate of recognition, and will be notified through email as well as on our Facebook page (Hispanic Culture Review GMU). Prizes will be issued in the Spring of 2021.

Guidelines for submitting works

For a work to be considered, the following specifications must be followed; if the specifications are not followed, the work will be eliminated:

  • The maximum number of works per author is 2, which must be sent as separate files. Those submitting photography and visual arts works are allowed to send up to 6 works.
  • Written works must be written in Arial 12pt font.
  • Academic works and essays must follow the current MLA or APA formatting style.
  • Maximum length allowed for the texts:

-Academic essays and investigations: 3000 words (including footnotes).

-Narrative: 2500 words.

-Poetry: 50 lines maximum.

  • Visual Arts: photographs must be in JPEG format and 300 PPI.
  • Only unedited work will be accepted, which means works that have not been published before or are pending revision in other media. This includes printed and electronic work, as well as those included in literary blogs.
  • Works written in both English and Spanish will be accepted.
  • There are no age or nationality restrictions to participate, except in the case that the person has his/her fiscal residence in any of the countries subject to the sanctions of the United States government, since it would be impossible to send the monetary prize to the winner. https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Pages/Programs.aspx

Selected works will be published in both the print and electronic versions of the HCR magazine. HCR reserves the right to publish the works exclusively in its digital version.

Contact us with questions at hcr@gmu.edu

Submission deadline: Sunday, March 7th, 2020

Complete guidelines and submit your works here.