Call for submissions: TLN Telelatino Awards 2014

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The Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) is inviting submissions from eligible undergraduate students of York University to the annual TLN Telelatino Awards on the Hispanic experience in Canada.

The TLN Telelatino Award is awarded annually to two (in 2014 three) York undergraduate students to recognize exceptional work in any area of study on the experiences of Hispanic people in Canada.

The prize was established in 2009 by a donation made to York University by Telelatino (TLN), a Canadian television channel that broadcasts programs of interest to the Hispanic and Italian communities. Normally up to two prizes are awarded of $1,000 each. In 2014, to celebrate TLN’s 30th anniversary, three prizes will be awarded.

Winning submissions will provide critical reflection on or representations of the experiences of Hispanic people in Canada, highlighting their past, present and future contributions to Canadian society and/or addressing the challenges they have successfully overcome as members of a minority group in the Canadian context. Submissions may be presented in any one of a variety of media, including essays; works of visual art, film, music or video; documented performances; or pieces of creative writing. The work submitted should normally have been created to fulfill course or degree requirements at York University in the 2013-14 academic year. It may be in English, Spanish or both. Essays will normally be from 2,000 to 2,500 words; works in other media should be comparably substantial. Submissions will be judged by the following criteria, as appropriate to their medium: critical insight, originality, relevance, creativity, clarity, coherence and potential impact.

The essay’s author must be an undergraduate student registered in an academic degree program at York University (any Faculty or college, including Glendon). Eligible students must be Canadian citizens, Ontario residents and demonstrate financial need.

For this year’s competition, submit an electronic copy of your essay, work of visual art, film, music, video etc. to no later than the Aug. 15 deadline. A panel of York University professors associated with CERLAC and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) Program at York will act as judges for the contest. The winner will be announced in October. Prize-winning essays will be announced by TLN and by CERLAC, and featured on their websites. The winners will also be announced on TLN (which may also interview and profile each winner).

Send submissions to Camila Bonifaz, CERLAC coordinator, at

For more information, contact CERLAC at ext. 55237 or