Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize

About the Prize

Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize support the publication of a second or third full-length book of poems by a Latinx poet.

The winning poet will receive $1000, a contract from Red Hen Press. Upon publication of the winning book, Letras Latinas will make every effort to secure invitations to read in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C.

The Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize is awarded every other year. There is no entry fee.

The next deadline is January 15, 2018.

Judge: Carmen Giménez Smith

Eligibility and guidelines

  • Latinx poets residing in the United States who have published no more than two full-length books of poetry.
  • Applicants must be living poets who have published one or two full-length books of poetry and are NOT under contract for a third.
  • In order to establish eligibility, applicants must submit a photocopy of the copyright page of their first or second full-length book of poetry.
  • Poems may have been previously published in periodicals or chapbooks, but the collection must not have been previously published (including self-publications and e-books).
  • Manuscripts must be of original poetry, in English, by one poet. There are no restrictions on the style of poetry or subject matter. Translations are not eligible.
  • Manuscripts must be between 48 and 100 pages of poetry, typed single-spaced (unless the poems are meant to be presented using nonstandard spacing). Multiple poems may not appear on a single page.
  • This page count requirement does not include front matter (i.e. title pages) or back matter (i.e. Acknowledgements pages)
  • Only one manuscript may be submitted per applicant.
  • Include one title page with your name, address, phone number and e-mail address.
  • Include one title page with only the title and no identifying information.
  • The manuscript itself should not contain any information that would reveal the identity of its author.
  • Poets are not eligible to apply if they have studied with the judge in full-time accredited courses within the last three years.
  • Applicants who have published poems in magazines may include acknowledgment notes in an “Acknowledgements” page.
  • Applicants may submit manuscripts elsewhere simultaneously but must notify the Institute for Latino Studies immediately if a manuscript is accepted for publication by another publisher.
  • Red Hen Press will publish the winning manuscript in a paperback edition two years after the judge’s decision.
  • The Institute for Latino Studies cannot consider manuscript revisions during the course of the contest. The winning poet will have an opportunity to revise before publication.
  • All correspondence concerning the contest should be addressed to: faragon@nd.edu
  • The Institute for Latino Studies reserves the right to withhold the Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize in any given year.
  • Please send TWO hard copies of your manuscript, via US Mail, postmarked no later than January 15, 2018 to:

Francisco Aragón, Coordinator
Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize
Institute for Latino Studies
230 McKenna Hall
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556


Thus far, our winners have been:

Dan Vera
selected by Orlando Ricardo Menes

William Archila
selected by Orlando Ricardo Menes

Ruth Irupé Sanabria
selected by Lorna Dee Cervantes

Joe Jiménez
selected by Rigoberto González