Hispanic Culture Review – Literary and Photographic Contest 2022-2023

celebrating our connections  

We live in a changing world where our experiences unite us and where resilience helps us overcome obstacles, transform ourselves, and give value to various markers of our identity. We are who we are by being in touch with those experiences and connections with our people. These connections that, without realizing it, are created from abuelita’s oven to conversations with strangers on the metro, help us forge permanent bonds in our lives. Wherever it is, we always look for that space where we can celebrate together our connections that tie us to the Hispanic experience.

As the Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano once said, “the best that the world has is in the many worlds that the world contains.” Therefore, this year we invite you to reflect on the following questions: How do you or your community celebrate these connections? How do you value those experiences with those people who leave a mark on your life?

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. Prizes will be issued in the Spring of 2023.

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: Wednesday, February 1st, 2023

Complete guidelines and submit your works here.

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