Tamika Thompson

Tamika Thompson is a writer, producer, and journalist. Her fiction has been published by Glass Mountain, Literary Orphans, The Matador Review, and Huizache, among others. Her nonfiction has been published by The New York TimesThe Huffington PostMUTHA Magazine, and PBS.org. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter and is at work on her first novel.


As Strong as They Come

You are "bold," "feisty," "sassy," and "magical." When you're young they call you Black Girl Magic. When you're old, they call you Big Mama. Do you know who you are? You are THE STRONG BLACK WOMAN. Your talents are legendary. Your skills are celebrated. For you are a socially-generated, culturally-upheld myth.   You are so strong that, one day, you may self-destruct....

As Strong as They Come
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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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