Hispanic Culture Review

INFO: Part of the human condition is the guarantee that at some point of our lives we will be confronted by obstacles. These can occur because of innumerable circumstances produced by internal or external factors like literal or metaphorical borders, personal or social catastrophes, challenges created by identity differences, and more. However, the drive to overcome is inherent in people and tenacity is part of the character that makes us human. The processes with which we face obstacles and victory is declared over them hold an individual seal. This year we are looking to publish stories that demonstrate the overcoming of obstacles that have left a personal mark in the life of those who have prevailed over the difficulties they have faced.

Three works will be awarded in the following categories: photography and visual arts, poetry, narrative, and essay and academic investigation. 

The selected works will be published in our magazine, and the winners will receive a monetary prize of $100 dollars and a certificate of recognition, and will be notified through email as well as on our Facebook page (Hispanic Culture Review GMU). Prizes will be issued in the Spring of 2019.  

GUIDELINES: 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. 

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. 

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DEADLINE: Friday, February 1, 2019



Luminarts Cultural Foundation

INFO: The Creative Writing Fellowship awards two $7,500 Luminarts Fellowships for excellence in creative writing in the categories of prose and poetry, in fiction and nonfiction.  

Applicants submit a two-page written piece (either a stand-alone piece or an excerpt of a larger piece such as a novel or short story). Entries are submitted and reviewed by an initial panel of jurors. Once reviewed, all top entries go to the final juror panel and the winners are selected. Jurors are comprised of professional authors, novelists, and poets, literary contributors, publishers, editors, journalists and media contributors.  Click below for complete guidelines and to apply. 

GUIDELINES: In order to be eligible to apply for the Luminarts Fellowship applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 30, live within 150 miles of the Chicago Loop, and be enrolled in, or graduated from, a degree program, conservatory, or other professional artist development program.  

DEADLINE: Friday, February 8, 2019



INFO: Lighthouse Works offers residencies to visual artists, writers, and composers who are at the vanguard of their creative fields. The six-week fellowship provides housing, meals, a $1,500 stipend, and studio space.

 While our staff reviews applications for completeness, a jury of experts in each artist’s field evaluates the applications and identifies the finalists. Finalists will be invited for phone interviews, and all applicants will be informed of the committee’s decision by the notification date for the relevant application period.


DEADLINE: February 15, 2019 



INFO: We are excited beyond measure about the Kweli Color of Children's Literature Conference on Saturday, April 6, 2019! We had an amazing conference last year, and #Kweli19 promises to be an even more exciting, educational, and community-building day for IPOC creatives.

Thanks to the generosity of our amazing donors, we are able to offer a limited number of scholarships to attend the Kweli Color of Children's Literature Conference!  

You can submit ONE application for our review and consideration. Please note that the scholarship covers the cost of registration. It does NOT cover travel or the costs of a master class or manuscript / portfolio review.  

For details on the conference, please see the following link:

Questions? Contact Laura at

DEADLINE: February 16, 2019




INFO: Apogee is a journal of literature and art that engages with identity politics, including but not limited to: race, gender, sexuality, class, ability, and intersectional identities. Our goals are twofold: to publish fresh work that interrogates the status quo, and to provide a platform for underrepresented voices, prioritizing artists and writers of color.


  • We generally do not publish prose of more than 5,000 words. 

  • Please submit in either .doc, .docx, or .pdf format. 

  • Please send only one piece per reading period.

  • All work must be previously unpublished.

  • Cover letters are optional.

  • Please include a current bio.

  • We accept simultaneous submissions. Please notify us if your work has been accepted elsewhere. 

DEADLINE: February 18, 2019  


[Call for Submissions] TRANS:ACT with the Transpacific Literary Project

Asian American Writers’ Workshop

an action-based writing prompt to explore and subvert the languages of exchange and value. Here are the simple rules: 

1. Go to your local market and listen/ record/ take notes on what is said (and unsaid).

2. Make a piece of writing inspired by this language.

3. In your writing, be sure to include one item you purchase from the market and the price you pay for it. 

Because this folio of the Transpacific Literary Project will be thinking about the relationship of market transaction and language, we welcome submissions in all regional languages (as well as English). And to encourage critical play with such marketplace language, we welcome attempts at self-translation using any available means, with notes to supplement when equivalency is not possible.

As a cover letter for your submission, you will be asked to briefly introduce yourself and your marketplace.

DEADLINE: February 18, 2019


The 2019-2020 U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Fellowship Program

Japan-United States Friendship Commission

INFO: The Japan U.S. Friendship Commission offers leading contemporary and traditional artists from the United States the opportunity to spend three to five months in Japan through the U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program.  Artists go as seekers, as cultural visionaries, and as living liaisons to the traditional and contemporary cultural life of Japan.  They also go as connectors who share knowledge and bring back knowledge. Their interaction with the Japanese public and the outlook they bring home provide exceptional opportunities to promote cultural understanding between the United States and Japan.

JUSFC and NEA will support and select up to five collaborative projects of U.S.-Japan artists representative of diverse genres and regions of both countries.  The 2019-20 program is only for collaborative pairs, and not for individual artists. Alumni of the U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program are encouraged to apply. Please refer to How to Apply for detailed instructions. This is a special, modified program in 2019-2020.


  • Each collaborative team will receive a $25,000 fellowship award and up to $2,500 for one round trip airline ticket between the United States and Japan.

  • The collaborative team will have one year (July 1, 2019-July 1, 2020) to complete their project. The award may be used for any expenses directly related to the project, including, but not limited to living expenses in Japan, cost of project materials etc.

  • The artists must complete a collaborative work incorporating the vision of the Olympic and Paralympic games to present in Tokyo during the Games in 2020.

  • The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission will collaborate with public and private sector organizations in and around Tokyo to host performances and presentations of the artists’ works.

  • Exhibition sites will be selected depending on the specific project.


The U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program is extremely competitive; only up to five artists will be  selected for travel to Japan.  In 2019-2020 applicants should anticipate a highly rigorous review of their artistry and should have compelling reasons for wanting to create a captivating piece of art, in collaboration with a Japanese colleague, for the Olympic and Paralympic games. Their work must exemplify the best in U.S. and Japanese arts. Generally, this means that only those artists who have demonstrated expertise and established professional recognition (e.g. awards, featured shows, publications, etc.) in their field either regionally or nationally or who have shown truly exceptional promise at the local level are likely to be competitive. Proficiency in the Japanese language is not required.

Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Clear representation of themes including, diversity and inclusion – “Unity in Diversity”, sustainability, building a better tomorrow, peace and prosperity, and highlighting the unique relationship between Japan and the United States.

  • The artistic excellence of the applicant’s work and artistic merit of the proposed collaboration;

  • The extent to which working in Japan is consistent with the applicant’s artistic vision and would contribute to his or her artistry;

  • The applicant’s potential to contribute to increased cultural understanding and dialogue with Japanese artists and/or the Japanese public;

  • The availability of resources in Japan that are necessary to the artist’s proposed collaboration;

  • Ability to live and work in unfamiliar settings under different conditions

With the assistance of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Japan U.S. Friendship Commission will convene a panel to review applications. The panel will include previous recipients of the U.S.- Japan Creative Artists Program award, as well as other arts professionals with expertise in working with the Olympics and Japanese culture.


  • The applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States and live and work professionally in the United States.

  • All proposals must be collaborations between a U.S. artist (or group of artists) and a Japanese artist who is a citizen or permanent resident of Japan and living and working professionally in Japan.

  • The applicant and their Japanese collaborator must be a professional creative artists (contemporary or traditional) working as but not limited to: architects, choreographers, musicians, composers, creative writers, designers, media artists, playwrights, librettists, visual artists and  theater artists who work with original material (including puppeteers, and performance artists).

  • The proposed collaborative artistic project must be a new artistic venture, or something that the collaborative team is in the process of developing, and must have a completion date of July 1, 2020.

  • The proposed collaborative artistic project must touch on one or more of themes including, but not limited to, diversity and inclusion – “Unity in Diversity”, sustainability, building a better tomorrow, peace and prosperity.

  • There are additional eligibility requirements for librettists, playwrights, and creative writers (fiction, non-fiction, and poetry) outlined below.

    • Librettists and playwrights must have had a full-length work professionally produced and/or published in the United States at least once in the last five years.

  • Creative writer applicants must meet specific publishing requirements. Self- published work will not satisfy this eligibility requirement. In the last 10 years writers must have published at least one of the following:

    • Twenty poems in five or more literary journals

    • Five different short stories or essays (of creative non-fiction) in two or more literary journals, anthologies, or publications

    • A book of poems of more than 48 pages

    • A novel or a novella

    • A book of creative non-fiction

    • Creative writer applicants may use online publications to establish up to fifty percent of their eligibility, provided that such publications have competitive selection processes and stated editorial policies.

    • The following may not be used to establish eligibility:

      • Pre-publication material, such as galleys, proofs, and advance reader’s

      • Work that has appeared in a publication for which you are the editor, publisher, or staff

      • Collaborative work

      • Scholarly writing including Instructional writing, Book reviews, Editorials/letters to the editor, Student publications and publications that primarily print work by persons who are affiliated with a particular academic institution, any publication by presses that: require individual writers to pay for part or all of the production costs; require writers to buy or sell copies of the publication; publish work without competitive selection or a stated editorial policy; or publish work without professional editing. 

DEADLINE: March 1, 2019