Paz Prize for Poetry 2018-2020

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Miami Book Fair and National Poetry Series Announce 2018 Paz Prize for Poetry Winner  

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The Miami Book Fair established The Paz Prize for Poetry in partnership with The National Poetry Series in Spring 2012.

The award recognizes a previously unpublished poetry book written in Spanish by a poet residing in the U.S. The winning book will be published in a bilingual edition by Akashic Press, and its author will receive a $2,000 cash prize.

2018 Judge: Rigoberto González is the author of four books of poetry including Unpeopled Eden, which won the Lambda Literary Award and the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets. His twelve books of prose include, most recently, the essay collection Pivotal Voices, Era of Transition: Toward a 21st Century Poetics and the memoir What Drowns the Flowers in Your Mouth. The recipient of Guggenheim, NEA and USA Rolón fellowships, a NYFA grant in poetry, the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, The Poetry Center Book Award, and the Barnes & Noble Writer for Writers Award, he is contributing editor for Poets & Writers Magazine and writes a monthly column for NBC-Latino online. Currently, he is professor of English at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey, and the inaugural Stan Rubin Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the Rainier Writing Workshop. In 2015, he received The Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Publishing Triangle. As of 2016, he serves as critic-at-large with the L.A. Times and sits on the Board of Trustees of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP).

Cuban author Legna Rodríguez Iglesias was the winner of the third edition of the Paz Poetry Prize in 2016. Legna Rodríguez Iglesias manuscript, Miami Century Fox was chosen by Achy Obejas and was just translated by Eduardo Aparicio and published by Akashic Press.

“Legna Rodriguez Iglesias Miami Century Fox is a delightful, seductive read,” Obejas said. “Sonnets? Rhyme and meter? Yes, along with a delicious serving of irony and wit. This is one very smart collection of poems, a loving and also sly portrait of Miami and of the immigrant experience in the 21st century.”

The second winner of The Paz Prize for Poetry is Carlos Pintado, for his collection Nueve Monedas/Nine Coins, chosen by judge Richard Blanco.

“The stories of America’s diverse cultural landscape don’t come in just one language or one color. The Paz Prize recognizes this,” said Blanco. “This important award bridges understanding through the power of poetry, and honors the value of Spanish-speaking cultures contributing their stories through the arts to the story of the United States.”

The first winner of the winner of the award was Dinapiera Di Donato for her collection, Colaterales, chosen by the prize’s inaugural judge, Victor Hernandez Cruz.


Miami Book Fair will award one $2,000 prize every other year (in even years) for the publication of a previously unpublished book of poetry originally written in Spanish by an American resident.  The prize will recognize book-length manuscripts of poetry written in Spanish. Translations, works of literary criticism and scholarly texts do not qualify.

The winner will be selected by an esteemed Spanish-speaking poet.  The chosen book will be translated into English by an experienced translator, and will be published in a bilingual edition.

Eligible poets include:

  • U.S. Citizens
  • Residents of the United States for a ten-year period prior to January 1 of the prize year, or
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Legal Permanent Status (LPS), or any subsequent categories designated by the U.S. authorities as conferring similar enhanced status upon non-citizens living in the United States.

Manuscripts are submitted online only via SubmittableThe entry period for the 2018 Open Competition begins on May 1, 2018 and runs through (and including) June 15, 2018.

  1. All manuscripts must be previously unpublished in their complete form, although some or all of the individual poems may have appeared in periodicals.
  2. Translations, chapbooks, small groups of poems, and self-published books are not eligible.
  3. Manuscript length is not limited. However, a length of 48-64 pages is suggested.
  4. Manuscripts must be paginated and contain a Table of Contents.
  5. Because all submissions are anonymously submitted, and must be preserved as such until the end of the contest, please observe the following:   The cover page of the manuscript should list the title of the manuscript only. No personal information of any kind, including name, address, phone number or email address should appear anywhere within the manuscript. All contact information will be entered separately in the entrant’s Submittable account. Any manuscript containing personal information will not be considered for review.
  6. Please also do not include:  Acknowledgments, explanatory statements, resumes, autobiographical statements, photographs, illustrations, or artwork.
  7. A list of previous publications or appearances in periodicals should not be included.
  8. When saving manuscripts, entrants should not “name” the manuscript with their last name in their personal computer storage, as that will appear when the reader opens the manuscript. For example: John Smith should not save his manuscript as “Smith_Poetry _Manuscript.doc.”
  9. No additions, deletions, or substitutions are allowed once a manuscript has been submitted. Entrants should inform NPS immediately if their manuscript is selected for publication elsewhere.

Finalists for the award will be notified in late July, and the winner will be announced in September.  Information relating to the competition will be available at and

For more information, please contact Beth Dial, Coordinator, The National Poetry Series, 57 Mountain Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08540, or


Miami Book Fair otorgará cada dos años (en años pares) un premio para la publicación de un poemario inédito escrito originalmente en español por un (a) autor(a) residente en los Estados Unidos. Sólo se aceptarán manuscritos de poesía con extensión de libro redactados en español. Las traducciones, obras de crítica literaria y textos académicos no serán elegibles.

El poemario ganador será seleccionado por un (a) prestigioso (a) poeta de habla hispana. El libro escogido será traducido al inglés por un traductor experto, y será publicado en una edición bilingüe.

El Premio Paz será administrado por The National Poetry Series.

Los participantes deberán enviar el material únicamente vía Submittable, entre el 1 de mayo y el 15 de junio, teniendo en cuenta lo siguiente:

  1. Copia del manuscrito escrito a un solo espacio. Los manuscritos deben ser inéditos, aunque algunos de sus poemas pueden haber aparecido en publicaciones periódicas. Las plaquettes, pequeños grupos de poemas y libros publicados por el propio autor no son elegibles. No hay límite de extensión. Sin embargo, se sugiere un libro de 48 páginas aproximadamente. Los manuscritos deben estar paginados y escritos en una sola cara.
  2. Dado a que todos los materiales deben recibirse anónimamente, la primera página del manuscrito debe contener sólo y únicamente el nombre de la obra.  No incluir en esa página, ni en ningún lugar del manuscrito, ninguna información personal como nombre, dirección o email. Cualquier manuscrito que incluya información personal no será considerado. Toda información personal se debe incluir únicamente en el formulario de Submittable.
  3. Al salvar el documento con el manuscrito, los interesados no deben nombrar el manuscrito con su apellido en el archivo de sus computadoras, dado que así aparecerá también cuando el lector abra el manuscrito.Por ejemplo: Juan Pérez no debe salvar su manuscrito como “Perez-manuscrito de poesia.doc”

Lamentablemente, los manuscritos no serán devueltos. Una vez presentado el manuscrito, no se permitirán adiciones, eliminaciones ni sustituciones de texto. Si el manuscrito es seleccionado para su publicación en otra editorial, el (la) concursante deberá informárselo de inmediato a The National Poetry Series.

Los finalistas del premio serán notificados a finales de julio, y el nombre del (la) ganador (a) se dará a conocer en septiembre. Para obtener información acerca del concurso, visite los sitios Web y

El (la) poeta que gane el premio tendrá la oportunidad de hacerle cambios finales al manuscrito antes de su publicación.

Para más información, póngase en contacto con: The Coordinator, The National Poetry Series, 57 Mountain Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08540. Tel: 609.430.0999 Fax: 609.430.9933