Belizean poets are invited to participate in an international poetry competition organized by a well known Mexican editor and the Mexican Literature Foundation. The purpose of the competition is to make available to young children and teens high quality work that will expose them to different cultures. Love News spoke with Marcelino Miranda, Head of the Press and Border Section at the Mexican Embassy.

Marcelino Miranda; Head of the Press and Border Section, Mexican Embassy 

"This is an international contest so it is open to all writers including Belizeans and they are encouraged to apply for this competition. The poetry work has to be submitted in Spanish and has to be between ten and fifty pages. All those who want to participate in this contest can contact the Embassy of Mexico at 223-0193 or 223-0194 and they can get more details on how they can participate. This is a Mexican initiative and this is a very good opportunity not only to promote literature but also to have the opportunity to have the works of Belizean poets to prizes at an international stage. This contest has a big prize or 200 thousand Mexican pesos that is approximately BZ$32 thousand and the winner will have their work published at the Fondo de Cultura Economica in Mexico. We would like to encourage especially young Belizean poets to participate. This is a very good opportunity and the deadline for submission is going to be July 5th so there is still time for submitting and also you can have more information at the Institute of Mexico in Belize."

All submissions must include the author's complete address, phone number, email and a concise biography. The winner will be announced in October.