LARB Libros is a new series that highlights emerging Latinx talent. The first title is the paperback edition of UC Riverside Tomás Rivera Endowed Chair of Creative Writing Alex Espinoza’s The Five Acts of Diego León.  The second title will be the winner of the newly announced Tomás Rivera Book Prize.

The Tomás Rivera Book Prize is a unique partnership between the Los Angeles Review of Books and UC Riverside. Open to any author writing in English about the Chicanx/Latinx experience, the Rivera Book Prize is committed to the discovery and fostering of extraordinary writing by a first-time or early career author whose work examines the long and varied contributions of Chicanx/Latinx in the US. The Rivera Book Prize aims to provide a platform that showcases the emerging literary talent of the Chicanx/Latinx community, to cultivate the next generation of Chicanx/Latinx writers, and to continue the rich literary memory of Tomás Rivera, Chicano author, poet, activist, and educator. Known for his seminal collection of stories, …and the Earth Did Not Devour Him, Rivera was the first Latino Chancellor of the UC system and a champion of higher education and social justice. The Rivera Book Prize honors his legacy and his belief in the power of education, activism, and stories to change lives.

AWARD: $1,000 prize, publication of manuscript by LARB Libros, and ten copies. Additionally, winner will receive a stipend to assist with travel to Southern California for a reading and book signing at UC Riverside during Writers Week.


DEADLINE: January 17, 2020. SUBMIT HERE.

Entry Fee: $35. Entry fees are non-refundable.

Eligibility: All previously unpublished works in prose written primarily in English focused on the Chicanx/Latinx experience in the United States.

Final Judge: Luis Alberto Urrea, Mexican-American novelist, poet, and essayist.

Selection and Final Judge: A shortlist of entries will be announced. Luis Alberto Urrea will award the winner from the shortlist of final manuscripts. All manuscripts will be read anonymously and judged on their literary merit and originality.

Exclusions: Current or former students, colleagues, employees, family members, and close friends of Luis Alberto Urrea; current or former employees or members of the board of the Los Angeles Review of Books; or current or former students or employees of the UC Riverside MFA program. Additionally, authors who have published a book or have a book under contract with the Los Angeles Review of Books are ineligible.

Failure to adhere to these exclusions and/or failure to disclose any conflicts will result in disqualification. Please note that acquaintance with the judge through participation in a workshop is not a marker for disqualification.


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