Sor Juana Prize for Poems & Short Stories in Spanish, DEADLINE: May 20, 2019

Artes de México en Utah is running their seventh annual Sor Juana Prize for Poems & Short Stories in Spanish with a deadline of May 20, 2019. There is no fee to enter. Their mission is to promote the appreciation of Mexican art in Utah with a vision of a community united by cultural connections. The organization was formed in 2010 after seeing how an exhibit of Mexican art united our communities (Latino and nonLatino) during a politically divisive time. (Utah is 13% Latino, but 33-45% in some urban cities; nearly 80% of our 400,000+ Latinos are of Mexican origin.)

Rock Canyon Poets co-founder, Trish Hopkinson interviewed Fanny Blauer, Board Chair to learn more about the Sor Juana Prize. See the interview and contest guidelines below.

HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Sor Juana Prize for Poems and Short Stories. How/why was the contest originally started? 

BLAUER: The prize is named after Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, O.S.H. (1651-95), a 17th Century Mexican nun who was one of the most brilliant intellectuals, poets and playwrights of her time and beyond. Sor Juana’s work is consistently taught in schools and universities throughout the Spanish speaking world. You can read more about her and her work here on and here on

Artes de México en Utah established the prize on 2012 based on the suggestion of Salt Lake City resident Jesús García, whose native Chicago has a Sor Juana Festival each year to celebrate the life and works of this poet. The Utah Humanities Council agreed to make it part of its annual Book Festival. “Every October, people all over Utah celebrate literature at the Utah Humanities Council’s Book Festival,” “Since so many people in Utah speak Spanish or are learning Spanish, we thought that including a prize for original literature written in Spanish in the Utah Book Festival would be a great way to encourage writers of Utah’s second most widely-spoken language.”

In 2018, we partnered with the Community Writing Center to set annual poetry workshops. We also launched our Call for Artist contest in which participants are encouraged to produce a piece of art inspired in poetry. This year, the contest theme is: Our roots, our inspiration. Which is to acknowledge the indigenous languages in the world.

“Sor Juana was nicknamed ‘The 10th Muse’ during her time because of her ingenuity in poetry, philosophy, music and the sciences. She was also known for defending the rights of women and minorities, for whom she continues to be a role model today.”

HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?

BLAUER: Entries by adults and teens in high school who live within the state of Utah will be accepted.

The prizes are an original poem or short story from authors in the following categories:

  • Category I: Author who speaks Spanish as a primary language
  • Category II: Author who speaks Spanish as a second language

HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?

BLAUER: Last year we received about 100 submissions of which 20 were only prose. We would like to see more of this. Some of the prose we received was very engaging and powerful.

HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals/web sites that publish poems/short stories?

BLAUER: In Spanish, many pages including:

HOPKINSON: Where can writers/poets send contest entries?

BLAUER: For details of the contest in Spanish and English, check our website:

The contest is also published in Facebook, twitter, and Instagram. Find us as Artes de Mexico en Utah.

The contest is open now until May 20th 2019. The announcement of winners will take place in October 2019.

Fanny Blauer is from Mexico City. She is an accountant and works at the Natural History Museum of Utah.  Fanny attended many events of Artes de Mexico en Utah and, in the fall of 2014, fomented a partnership between us and the Natural History Museum on an exhibit about chocolate. Prior to joining the board of Artes, she also created a partnership with Artes and Amigos y Libros, a club of the Salt Lake City Public Library that promotes reading in Spanish. She joined the board in winter of 2014. Fanny also serves on the Governance Committee.


Trish Hopkinson & Jennifer Tonge poetry reading – READ LOCAL Onsite series in SLC, Thurs. 4/11 @ 7pm

A collaboration between Salt Lake City Arts Council and 15 Bytes with support from Utah Humanities, READ LOCAL Onsite pairs emerging local writers with established writers for a reading and discussion of their work.

The event Thursday, April 11 at 7pm features two Utah poets: Rock Canyon Poets co-founder Trish Hopkinson and SLC’s Jennifer Tonge at Finch Lane Gallery (45 Finch Lane, SLC).

TRISH HOPKINSON’S poems have been published in Tinderbox, The Penn Review, and elsewhere. Her third chapbook Footnote was published by Lithic Press in 2017. She is co-founder of Rock Canyon Poets and Editor-in-Chief of the group’s annual anthology, Orogeny.

JENNIFER TONGE’S poems have appeared in numerous journals, including the New England Review. Most recently, her work has appeared as part of the Visible Poetry Project and been featured on Zoetic Press’s podcast The Literary Whip.

15 Bytes Literary Editor Calvin Jolley will moderate the evening.

Click here for the Facebook event. 


Poetry reading + open mic featuring fish burton – Tuesday, April 9, 2019 @ 6:30pm

Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book are please to present Utah poet Fish Burton! The event begins with an open mic at 6:30pm and runs until 8:00pm at Pioneer Book (450 W. Center) in historic downtown Provo on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

fish burton is a poet who has lived in over thirty different houses. he has an m.f.a. in poetry from b.y.u. and has been published in inscape and collision magazine. his first chapbook, sonder,   is a collection of poem portraits. currently, he is a member of rock canyon poets and writes somewhere he has never lived before. find him at

Burton visits Pioneer Book as a guest of the Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book. The reading and open mic are open to the general public.

For more information, contact the Rock Canyon Poets,

Where: Pioneer Book – 450 West Center Street, Provo

When: Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Poetry Happens – Utah April 2019 events and calls

Welcome to the Utah monthly edition of Poetry Happens, brought to you by Rock Canyon Poets. Each edition will include poetry happenings and other announcements coming up in Utah, with highlights specifically for Utah county. And tune in on KRCL Radioactive the first Wednesday of every month for announcements and feature poet reading!


Rock Canyon Poets poetry reading & open mic every 2nd Tuesday at Pioneer Book in Provo, this month on April 9, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm featuring Fish Burton!

2nd Annual Provo Poetry Contest awards and open mic – Winners will be announced in April and will be featured at Speak For Yourself Open Mic on April 18th. Speak for Yourself Open Mic is a weekly creative writing open mic held at Enliten Cafe (43 E Center Street, Provo) Thursday nights. Sign up starts at 7 pm and the readings start around 7:30 pm (come early to grab a table and your favorite slot on the list of readers).

Saturday Night Slam Series, check their Facebook page for monthly dates, from 7 – 9 PM at the BYU Wilkinson Student Center in Provo

Every Thursday – Speak for Yourself spoken word open mic at Enliten Cafe in Provo, at 7:30 pm


Recurring Events

City Art Reading Series, typically first three Wednesdays of every month during the school year at 7 PM at the Salt Lake City Downtown Library. Check their Facebook page for event announcements. This month on 4/10 Richard Robbins and Rob Carney!

Sugar Slam, every 2nd Thursday at Watchtower Cafe in SLC at 8 PM.

Helicon West open mic for poets and writers, the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month: Thursday, March 14 & 28, from 7 – 9 PM at Logan Library.

Salt City Slam – last Monday of every month at 8:00 pm at Vertical Diner in Salt Lake City.

Events this Month

NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) – April is National Poetry Month! Join the CWC for a workshop series that celebrates poetry in all its glory! We’ll explore various genres of poetry, learn to compose poems, and practice revising and sharing our work. Saturdays, April 6 – 27 from 1pm – 3pm. SLCC Community Writing Center, 210 East 400 South, Salt Lake City.

Poetry Workshop – from all the borders of itself, / burst like a star: making poems from objects. Join Lisa Bickmore for an afternoon exploring and drawing inspiration from the riches of the Museum in this poetry writing workshop. Sunday, April 7, 2019 – 1:00pm to 3:00pm, Natural History Museum of Utah | Naturalist Lab

Poetry Workshops – In celebration of the Sor Juana Prize for poetry and prose in Spanish. Artes de Mexico en Utah presents a series of three poetry workshops in Spanish. Apr 9, 2019 at 06:00 pm – 08:00 pm (Tue), Community Writing Center, Library Square, 200 East 400 South, Salt Lake City.

Poetry Month Poetry Walk – Celebrate this unique literary art with a stroll through the Garden to find eleven poetry boxes featuring poems written by winners of our Spring Poetry Contest. Apr 11, 2019 at 09:00 am – 07:00 pm (Thu), Red Butte Garden, 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City.

READ LOCAL Onsite: Featuring Trish Hopkinson & Jennifer Tonge – A collaboration between Salt Lake City Arts Council and 15 Bytes with support from Utah Humanities, READ LOCAL Onsite pairs emerging local writers with established writers for a reading and discussion of their work. Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM, Finch Lane Gallery, 54 Finch Lane, Salt Lake City.

2019 UTSPS April Awards Festival – UTSPS will hold our 2019 April Awards Festival on Friday & Saturday April 12-13 at the Provo Courtyard by Marriott, 1600 N. Freedom Blvd (200 W), Provo, UT 84604. The festival will start in the late afternoon on Friday and conclude late afternoon on Saturday. The keynote speaker and workshop leader will be Aaron Abeyta, professor of English at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado. Download and print the Spring Festival registration form.

LEAP into Science and Poetry – Parents and children ages 5-12, to help kids understand how to think like poets and scientists. Wednesday, April 17, 2019 – 4:00pm to 5:00pm, Foothill Library Branch, 1135 S 2100 E, Salt Lake City.

Native Sustenance poetry reading – Cynthia Wilson, Traditional Foods Program Expert from Utah Diné Bikéyah, Orlando White, Poet and Professor at Diné College, and Lisbeth Louderback, NHMU’s Curator of Archaeology. No ticket necessary. Open to the public. Thursday, April 18, 2019 – 7:00pm, Marmalade Branch Library | 280 W 500 N, Salt Lake City.

Cowboy Poetry Week – Cowboy poetry and music with Jo Lynne Kirkwood, Greg Harwood, and Kenny Hall Open to all 7:00 pm April 21 – 27, North Sevier High School Library, 350 W 400 N. Salina, Utah.

SLC Poetry Slam Finals feat. Desiree Dallagiacomo – The best performance poets in Salt Lake compete for a spot on the Salt City Slam team, which took 4th in the nation at last year’s National Poetry Slam. Apr 22, 2019 at 07:00 pm (Mon), Athena Coffee & Bistro, 111 West 9000 South, Sandy.

Osher Poetry Reading: Rob Carney – “Poems from 88 Maps and The Book of Sharks” You’ll hear about oceans and firestorms, sharks and coyotes, an entomologist, and a man who grows Bird Trees. Mon Apr 22 2019 at 01:00 pm to 02:00 pm, Commanders House, 1965 Detrobriand St, Salt Lake City.

Reading by Adam Tavel & Debut of Westminster’s Literary Magazine, ellipsis… literature and art – Free readings begin at 7:00 pm in the Kim Adamson Alumni House at Westminster College and are followed by book signings and receptions. Apr 26, 2019 at 07:00 pm (Fri), Kim Adamson Alumni House – Westminster College, 1840 S 1300 E, Salt Lake City.

Utah Poetry Festival – Free and open to the public. Lunch and evening reception are included. Includes panels, readings, performances, a reception, and book signing. April 27 from 10am – 6pm, Westminster College
1840 South 1300 East, Salt Lake City, Utah. To register, email by April 17.

The Poetry of Field Journals Workshop Series – Natural History Museum of Utah invites you to discover the beauty and poetry of field journals in this four-part series. Guests must register for all four programs. All materials included. Participants must be at least 18 years old. Space is limited. Saturdays April 27 – May 18, 10am – 12pm.

Day of the Child — Día del Niño – Participating partners and activities include the Las Aguilitas children’s mariachi band, Ballet Folklorico de la Esperanza folk dancers, Spanish poetry and storytelling, a piñata workshop with Artes de Mexico en Utah, piñata cookies, face painting, skeleton dancers, a children’s exhibit of Maya art from Arte Primero, and more! Saturday, April 27, 2019 – 10:00am to 5:00pm, Natural History Museum of Utah | Rio Tinto Center

CALLS FOR POEMS (Utah-based)

Provo Poetry POEMBALL Machine – Send in up to 10 short poems to be included in the POEMBALL Machines in Provo and SLC.

2019 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize – Honoring the memory of a celebrated poet and a beloved teacher, the Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry is awarded annually and is sponsored by The University of Utah Press and The University of Utah Department of English. $1,000 Cash Prize and Publication; Reading in The University of Utah’s Guest Writers Series. Deadline for manuscripts 48 – 100 pages is April 15, 2019.

Quarterly West – open for submissions until April 30, 2019.

Utah Life Magazine – The theme for the July/August 2019 issue is “Independence,” and the deadline is May 1, 2019. 

7th Annual Sor Juana Prize for Poems and Short Stories in Spanish – $100 in cash prizes will be awarded for two poems and two short stories written in Spanish in two categories (8 prizes in total). Deadline is May 20, 2019.

Western Humanities Review – open to submissions year round

If you have an event or announcement related to poetry in Utah, please contact us here and we will include it in our next edition.