Deadline Extended for 2023 Balocating Prize

February 22, 2023

The call for entries for the 2023 Balocating Undergraduate Prize for Poetry is now open and the deadline for entries has been extended to March 13, 2023

Open to Michigan State University undergraduates, the Balocating Prize awards $500 for a single poem.

View full guidelines here.

The final judge is Raquel Salas Rivera, who will announce the winner at his April 20 RCAH Center for Poetry reading with CAConrad.

Raquel Salas Rivera is a Puerto Rican poet, translator, and editor. His honors include being named Poet Laureate of Philadelphia, the New Voices Award from the Festival de la Palabra, the Lambda Literary Award, the Ambroggio Prize, 2023 Sundial Literary Translation Award, and the Juan Felipe Herrera Award. His six poetry books have been longlisted and shortlisted for the National Book Award and the Pen America Open Book Award, among others. In 2022, one of his verses became the title of the exhibition no existe un mundo poshuracán: Puerto Rican Art in the Wake of Hurricane Maria at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He lives, teaches, and writes in Puerto Rico, where he also works as investigator and head of the translation team for The Puerto Rican Literature Project (PRLP), a free, bilingual, user-friendly, and open access digital portal that anyone can use to learn about and teach Puerto Rican poetry.