Deadline Approaches for the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize

Emerging Latinx poets: Start the new year off ambitiously by submitting to the biennial Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize, administered by the Huizache Literary Initiative at University of California in Davis, by February 16! The winning poet receives $1,000, publication by University of Nevada Press as part of its New Oeste Series, and an invitation to give a reading with the contest judge at UC Davis.

Using only the online submission system, submit 48 to 100 pages of poetry. Latinx poets residing in the United States who have neither published, nor have committed to publish, a full-length collection are eligible. Juan Felipe Herrera will judge. There is no entry fee.

Established in 2004 by Letras Latinas at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies “at a time when publishing opportunities for Latinx poets were few,” the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize has given exposure to poets with a wide variety of backgrounds and aesthetic approaches throughout its 20-year trajectory. When he first conceived of the prize, founder Francisco Aragón drew inspiration from Montoya’s The Iceworker Sings and Other Poems (Bilingual Press, 1999), a collection of urban elegies, prayers, and letters that touch on the poet’s experience as an ice plant worker and address the precarious conditions of a modern world divided by race and class. Most recently, Jordan Pérez won the prize for Santa Tarantula (University of Notre Dame Press, 2024), selected by Alexandra Lytton Regalado and Sheila Maldonado for the ways in which the poet “assembles her poems as shadowboxes, curious collections of the natural world, bible stories, and family memories” that account for “the everyday of a Latinx life in the South.”