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 La Lengua 2018 NYC Open Call

LUMINA literary journal presents: La Lengua’s inaugural contest, we’re showcasing works by multilingual writers and artists in our hometown, New York City! In a work of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or visual or sound art, show us your identities and relationships to the languages you grew up with. How do they inform and transform your writing? How are your identities preserved in languages other than, or through English?

Judged by R.A. Villanueva, contest winners and participants will be featured at a NYC reading series in the winter of 2019, have their work read on LUMINA's Firefly podcast, and publication in LUMINA's online journal. 

Contest Guidelines:

  • To be eligible, you must be a current resident of the New York City area. 
  • Submissions may be written in any number of languages, including but not limited to English. The author may choose to provide a translation of their own work to aid reader comprehension.  Pieces that are originally in Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Russian or German may work with the “La Lengua” team to have a piece translated to English. Untranslated artwork in languages native to the artist both including and outside of the prior mentioned are encouraged and welcome. Artwork written in languages other than English does not need to be translated. Visual art along with written work is also welcome.
  • Limit three submissions per person.  Submissions may be in any genre or category.  Limit 1,000 words per written submission.
  • Include submission cover sheet with name, email, phone number, languages spoken, and a two-to-three sentence author biography.
  • Submission of work is considered agreement to La Lengua terms and conditions.
  • Feel free to contact with any questions.
  • Submission period: 11/16/2018 - 12/31/2018

Thank you for trusting us with your work. We look forward to reading! 

La Lengua mission statement

La Lenguaa branch of the literary journal Lumina, seeks to provide a platform for multi-lingual writers to publish literary work. Our hope is to decenter the english language through a calling to folks who express their art in other languages. Maybe, you are a person who writes creatively in your native language, or you are a person who expresses your cultural identity exclusively through english, perhaps it's both in one poem. We hope that you will come to us with your art, as we seek to uplift underrepresented voices, and promote cultural pride beyond the canonical normative. This is for voices who do not fit that mold, but are molded by the varieties of places and peoples they carry with them, in their art. La Lengua, we hope, will be a place that centers pieces of translations, languages and cultural memory/recalling. We hope to join this international conversation of art which reflects true experience, broadening the languages with which we fill this literary space.  

Chelsea Asher, Editor-in-Chief, Lumina 

Amanda Volel, Editor, La Lengua

Samantha Steiner, Assistant Editor, La Lengua

R.A. Villanueva, La Lengua Contest Judge

R.A. Villanueva’s debut collection of poetry, Reliquaria, won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize (U. Nebraska Press, 2014). New writing appears in PoetryGuernicaThe American Poetry ReviewPrac Crit, and widely elsewhere. His honors include a commendation from the 2016 Forward Prizes, fellowships from Kundiman and The Asian American Literary Review, and the inaugural Ninth Letter Literary Award. A founding editor of Tongue: A Journal of Writing & Art, he lives in Brooklyn and London.