Latin American Studies Student Creative Projects Contest

As a means to foster the study and appreciation of Latin America as well as student engagement around the interrelated crises of COVID-19, democracy/inclusion, identity, immigration, and race, the Center of Latin American Studies at Boston University announces

The Latin American Studies Student Creative Projects Contest


The competition is open to full-time Boston University graduate and undergraduate students in all concentrations and classes at Boston University. Submissions are limited to one per student.

Acceptable submissions include short written essays, narrative non-fiction, creative writing (short stories, short plays, poems), videos, physical artworks (paintings or sculptures), original music, multi-media art projects; collections of interviews, photo essays, etc.

The project may build on work produced for a class.


FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2021

Topics & Submission Guidelines

Projects should address one or more of the interrelated crises of COVID-19, democracy/inclusion, immigration, and race in Latin America and the Caribbean as viewed from regional and global perspectives. We also welcome Latinx topics, particularly those exploring the question: What does it mean in 2020 to self-identify as Latinx?

We are looking for projects that invite reflection on current crises and inspire positive change.

Submissions in English, Spanish, Portuguese or any other language spoken in the Americas are welcome.

Written contributions should not exceed 3000 words. Videos should not exceed 10 minutes.


A committee of core faculty members in the Latin American Studies will select the winners.

The award will be based on:

  • Artistic merit
  • Originality
  • Social impact

The winner will be announced within four weeks of the APRIL 30, 2021 deadline.

Submissions should be emailed to Elizabeth Amrien (digital photographs of physical artwork should be submitted). Please do not include your name or any identifying information on your submission.

In the body of the email, include your full name, degree program, and anticipated graduation date.

Essay Contest Awards

Cash prizes ($250, $500, $750) will be awarded to the top submissions.

By submitting your work, you grant permission for the Center for Latin American Studies to publish your work on our website.

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