Molly McCloskey

Molly McCloskey is a fiction writer, essayist, and journalist. She is the author of two short story collections and two novels, as well as the memoir Circles Around the Sun: In Search of a Lost Brother. Her novel, When Light is Like Water, was published in 2017 in the UK by Penguin, and will be published in the US in 2018 by Scribner under the title Straying. Her work has appeared in the Irish Times, the Dublin Review, the Guardian, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She has also worked in the field of international development in the UN’s Kenya-based Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs for Somalia, and has written on humanitarian and human rights issues in Somalia, Sri Lanka, and Kosovo.


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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.

AWARD: $1,000 prize, publication of manuscript by LARB Libros, and ten copies. Additionally, winner will receive a stipend to assist with travel to Southern California for a reading and book signing at UC Riverside during Writers Week.

DEADLINE: January 17, 2020. Apply via Submittable Here.

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

Eligibility: All previously unpublished works in prose written primarily in English focused on the Chicanx/Latinx experience in the United States.