New prize for fiction writers

The Aura Estrada Prize is a new prize which will will be awarded biannually to a female writer, 35 or under, living in Mexico or the United States, who writes creative prose (fiction or nonfiction) in Spanish.

The prize will be awarded in Aura Estrada’s memory, by her husband Francisco Goldman. After being married only 2 years, Estrada died in Mexico City while vacationing, after suffering an accident in the Pacific ocean the previous day.

Estrada was a young writer, barely 30-years-old, who was finishing her Ph.D. at Columbia University, while studying for an MFA in creative fiction at Hunter College. Her Spanish fiction and non-fiction has appeared widely, both in print journals and anthologies and online, while her English essays had begun to appear just before her untimely death, in magazines as prestigious as The Boston Review. She was also a research assistant for the well-known author of Beloved, Song of Solomon, and many others, Toni Morrison.

The prize is unique in that it’s recipient will receive both a cash grant, as well as seats in different writer’s residencies and workshops. More information will be announced at the Guadalajara International Book Fair in November 2008.

Visit www.auraestradaprize.org/ for more information on the prize and Aura Estrada.

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