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sixth annual sor juana Prize

logoAnnouncing the Sixth Annual Sor Juana Prize for original poetry and short stories in Spanish.

This year the $100 cash prizes will be awarded for two poems and two short stories written in Spanish by high school students and adults residing in Utah (8 prizes in total). The winners will be announced at the Utah Humanities Book Festival in Salt Lake City this fall.

The prizes are for an original poem or short story written by a student or adult whose primary language at home is Spanish (Category I), and another for an original poem or shorts story written by a student or adult who speaks Spanish as a second language (Category II). The winning poems and stories will be published on the website of Artes de México en Utah and in El Semanal magazine, and sent to media statewide.

See rules and submission details in Spanish and English.


Anunciando el Sexto Premio Anual Sor Juana por poesía original y cuentos en español.

Este año el premio de $100 será otorgado a dos poemas y dos prosas originales en español por estudiantes de escuela secundaria superior y por adultos en general que deseen participar en el concurso.

Los ganadores del premio serán anunciados durante el Festival del Libro de Utah Humanities en Salt Lake City en el otoño. Los premios son para un poema o n ovela corta original escrita por un estudiante o un adulto que el español sea su lengua materna (Categoría I), y un poema o novela corta escrita por un estudiante o adulto que el español sea su segunda lengua (Categoria II). Las obras ganadoras serán publicadas en nuestra página electrónica, la revista El Semanal y otros medios de comunicación en el estado.

Ver las reglas y los detalles en español y inglés.

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