Shebooks/Latina contest

Win $1,000 and publication in Latina and Shebooks!

With over 52 million Latinos in the U.S., it’s easier than ever to keep our cultures alive. Latina & Shebooks, a new e-book publisher, want to read about the moment that you felt the most connected with your culture and were proud to call yourself a Latina. Starting January 10, 2014, you can submit your essay up to 1000 words, and you'll be entered to win $1,000 and publication in a future issue of Latina.  Winner and runners-up may also be featured in a future Shebook.

What we’re looking for

Your story must be nonfiction, not previously published or a finalist for any other writing prize or award. To be considered, the memoir must be between 500 and 1000 words. Judges will be considering submissions on the basis of their adherence to the theme (I Am Latina), originality of the story, and the quality of the writing. We’re looking for an essay that the reader won’t want to put down!

Enter Your Story Between January 20 and April 20: All entrants will receive a free two-month subscription to Shebooks

Shebooks is the new e-book publisher of great short books by women, for women. We publish long-form journalism, short memoir, and short fiction by some of the best writers in the United States and beyond, both well known and yet to be discovered.

Visit to download and read our stories on your Kindle, Kindle app, or Nook. Each story is long enough to immerse yourself for a plane ride, or a good read before bed. Check out our Shebooks and never be without a great story to read.

JUDGES Submissions will be judged by a panel of  published writers and editors from Latina and Shebooks.


DEADLINES AND ENTRY FEE Submissions will be accepted beginning 12:01 A.M. (ET), January 20, 2014, until 11:59 P.M. (ET) on April 20, 2014. There is a $15 submission fee for each entry. Fee waived in Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, and North Dakota, where such collection is prohibited. Limit of one entry per contestant. Submitted material cannot be returned or acknowledged. Winner will be notified by June 15, 2014. Decisions of the judging panel are final.


PRIZE One winner will receive $1,000, and possible publication in Latina and Shebooks. Runners-up may be published as part of a Shebooks anthology.

The contest is open to anyone 21 or older who is a legal resident of the United States, the District of Columbia, or Canada (with the exception of Quebec). Complete contest terms and conditions are listed on the contest entry form, below.

Entries for the essay contest should be between 500 and 1000 words. Here are examples of essays the staff at Latina loved:


Join Our Community of Readers
Shebooks: Short e-books by women, for women. Sign up now and be the first to learn how you can read all our latest Shebooks - great memoirs, journalism and fiction. Bonus material for book clubs, too!

What is shebooks?
Good Housekeeping / shebooks

"I Am Latina"
Essay Writing Contest




Enter your email to stay in touch!

Browse Shebooks!