Deanne Stillman

Deanne Stillman is an acclaimed writer. Her latest book, Desert Reckoning, is based on a Rolling Stone piece and won the 2013 Spur Award for best western nonfiction, contemporary, and the LA Press Club Award for best nonfiction. Her book Mustang was an LA Times “best book of the year” and won the California Book Award silver medal for best nonfiction. It’s now under option, in part, for a film starring Wendie Malick. She also wrote the cult classic Twentynine Palms, an LA Times “best book of the year” that Hunter Thompson called “a strange and brilliant story by an important American writer.” Currently, she’s writing Blood Brothers for Simon and Schuster and is a member of the core faculty at the UC Riverside-Palm Desert Low Residency MFA Creative Writing Program.


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Open to any author writing in English about the Chicanx/Latinx experience, the Rivera Book Prize is committed to the discovery and fostering of extraordinary writing by a first-time or early career author whose work examines the long and varied contributions of Chicanx/Latinx in the US. The Rivera Book Prize aims to provide a platform that showcases the emerging literary talent of the Chicanx/Latinx community, to cultivate the next generation of Chicanx/Latinx writers, and to continue the rich literary memory of Tomás Rivera, Chicano author, poet, activist, and educator.

Entry Fee: $35. Entry fees are non-refundable.

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