Saleem Haddad

Saleem Haddad was educated in Jordan, Canada, and the UK. Born in Kuwait to a Lebanese-Palestinian father and an Iraqi-German mother, Saleem is an aid worker, researcher, and writer of both fiction and nonfiction. He currently works with Saferworld as a Conflict & Security Advisor, specializing in the Middle East and North Africa. Previously he has worked with Medecins Sans Frontieres, Jordan University’s Center for Strategic Studies, and the Overseas Development Institute’s ALNAP network. His short fiction has appeared in Project Pen and has been shortlisted for a number of prizes. He currently lives in London.


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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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