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Dominican Cultural Commission Announces Overseas Literary Contest 2018

 New York, August 27, 2018 – The Ministry of Culture’s Dominican Cultural Commission in the United States announced the upcoming 14th Annual Overseas Literary Award. Commissioner Carlos Sánchez announced that this year’s literary contest will receive entries for the following literary genres: Poetry, Short Stories and Novel. The first prize winners in each category will receive a US$5,000 award.

“The entries may be sent by email, as long as the entries comply with the contest rules,” explained Commissioner Sánchez.

The works of the winners will be published by Editora Nacional for its Overseas Collection, and formally presented during the XXII Santo Domingo International Book Fair 2019.  The writers will be received during the event as Guests of Honor of the Fair.

This contest will officially open beginning on the date the contest rules are published and will end on October 30, 2018, at midnight.

The goal of the Overseas Literary Contest is to encourage, recognize and promote the literary creation of Dominican writers who, for various reasons, are living outside the Dominican Republic.  The contest first began in 2005 in the Poetry category.  The winning entry at the time was Saint Domingue, 2044, written by Dominican poet Osiris Vallejo.

In 2006, the contest included Short Stories, and the winning entry was Reminiscencias, written by Keiselim A. Montás.  In 2007, Dinorah Coronado took the first place award with her novel A la sombra del flamboyán.  In the Essay category, in 2008, Antonio A. Méndez won with the entry La mujer dominicana: inmigrante en busca de la igualdad [Dominican Women:  Immigrants in Search of Equality, unofficial translation].  In the Theater category, in 2009, Jimmy Valdez received first prize with his play La redonda peña despeñada.

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