Susan Napier

Susan Napier is professor of Japanese Studies at Tufts University where she also teaches courses on fantasy and science fiction film and literature. She received all her degrees from Harvard University and has been a visiting professor at Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania and a visiting scholar at University of Sydney. Her most recent books include The Fantastic in Modern Japanese Literature: The Subversion of Modernity, Anime from Akira to Howl’s Moving Castle: Experiencing Japanese Animation, and From Impressionism to Anime: Japan as Fantasy and Fan Cult in the Mind of the West. Her article on Harry Potter, “Harry Potter’s Fantastic Journey: Survival, Trauma and Transcendence in Twenty-First Century Fantasy” will be published this fall. She is currently writing a book on the Japanese anime director, Hayao Miyazaki.


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Eligibility: All previously unpublished works in prose written primarily in English focused on the Chicanx/Latinx experience in the United States.