Looking for Esperanza

October 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

ImageBrevity editor Dinty W. Moore chose Adriana Páramo‘s book manuscript, Looking for Esperanza, last year as winner of the 2011 Benu Press Social Justice and Equity Award in Creative Nonfiction. “Páramo‘s Looking for Esperanza is an essential window into the hidden world of undocumented female farmworkers struggling to maintain their health, their families, and their dignity in an unforgiving world,” he wrote then. “Páramo shines a necessary light on these defiant fearless women fighting for their own small morsel of the American Dream.  The result is a book both powerful and unforgettable.”

The book is now available, and recently reviewed by Sonya Huber fin River Teeth. Here is an excerpt from the review:

Páramo’s varied background—child of a Colombian immigrant, mother, and child of a single mother–is offered alongside careful immersion literary nonfiction in a vital braiding that reveals the source of the author’s insights into the struggles of the women in her book. Páramo boldly merges ethnography, memoir, research, quest, letter, imagined scenes, and poetry; at one point in the narrative, she turns to explore emotions spurred by the loss of her own mother, allowing the reader to see the ways in which role models and connections among women are so vital—and so sorely missed when they are absent.  …Her focus on the overlapping political resonances, hidden human experiences, and embedded subjectivities in one geographical area recall U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Tretheway’s recent foray into nonfiction, Beyond Katrina. Páramo’s poetic, vivid, and astonishing work sets a new standard in the form of immersion writing and creative nonfiction.

Read Huber’s full review here.

Social Justice and Equity Award in Creative Nonfiction.

September 19, 2010 § Leave a comment

The winner of the Benu Prize for Creative Nonfiction receives $1000. The winner also receives 10% of the royalties from book sales. The initial run will be 1,000 copies. The winner will also receive 20 copies of the book. Manuscripts must be written in English, and must not contain excessive adult language or exploitative themes. Manuscript must be 144 to 450 pages. The contest readers will perform a blind review of each entry.

The postmark deadline is Nov. 11, 2010.

see website for more details

Social Justice and Equity Nonfiction Book Award

October 7, 2009 § Leave a comment

Benu Press is accepting completed manuscripts for the Social Justice and Equity Award in Creative Nonfiction.

“Benu Press is a small, independent press committed to publishing creative non-fiction, poetry and fiction. We believe in the transformative power of literature. To that end, we seek to publish inspiring and thought-provoking books about the practical dimensions of social justice and equity.”

Deadline in November, so act soon if interested:

Winning entry will be published by Benu Press and the author will be awarded $1,000 in addition to 17% royalties. The initial run will be 1,000 copies. The winner will also receive 20 copies of the book.

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