Library revives literary prize
The UNM General Library is issuing a call for submissions from Chicana and Chicano writers for the Premio Atzlán literary prize, initially established by Rudolfo and Patricia Anaya.
Rudolfo, UNM professor emeritus of English, is considered by many to be the father of contemporary Chicano fiction.
The literary award lapsed a few years ago. Now a committee will work with the Anayas to reward a published author best able to construct a story using plot, language, landscape, tone and a sense of cultural community.
The competition is open to writers who publish a work of fiction in the 2004 calendar year and who have written no more than two books. Anaya says he and his wife started the prize as
a way to nurture novice writers. A literary award provided encouragement for him early on. He says, “So many times, writers after one or two books give up, because they think no one appreciates their work.”
The winner of the $1,000 prize will be asked to give a reading at the UNM General Library in April 2005. Anyone wishing to enter the competition should send appropriate contact information and five copies of the book by Dec. 31, 2004 to: Rudolfo and Patricia Anaya Premio Atzlán Literary Prize, UNM General Library, Dean’s Office, MSC05 3020, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87131-1466. For more information about the competition, contact Dina Ma’ayan, firstname.lastname@example.org.