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Updated: Mar 29, 2023

Support Authors and Gain Recognition for Your Own Writing

By Giovanna Salas

Are you interested in discovering and supporting Latino literature? If so, you’re in good company. Our Heart Of Hollywood Magazine editor, Sandy Rodriguez, is a member of ISLA, the International Society of Latino Authors. Additionally, her motivational book Choose to Prevail received the Gold Medal in the Best Health and Wellness Book category at the 2021 International Latino Book Awards. This is the largest Latino cultural awards event in the U.S.

The Award Winning Author seal is now recognized as a mark of quality in publishing.

The International Latino Book Awards, which aim to recognize books by and about Latinos, is now celebrating 25 years of existence. Over 3,700 authors and publishers have been honored in a variety of categories. The Award Winning Author seal is now recognized as a mark of quality in publishing.

This contest is a thrilling opportunity for Latino authors. Are you one of them? Regardless of where you live, you can enter your books in the 2023 International Latino Book Awards. The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2023. Please visit for more details on how to participate and to view the 2022 Awards Ceremony as well as past winners.

The event’s eleven current categories have been named after past winners who have been trailblazers in literature, such as best-selling Chilean author Isabel Allende, the first Latino U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, the late great padrino of Chicano literature Rodolfo Anaya, and community activist Dolores Huerta.

Contest participants are invited to educational and community events around the U.S., such as the American Library Association conference, CABE, UnidosUS, and the Latino Book & Family Festivals. They are also welcome to take part in the prestigious International Book Fair in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The International Latino Book Awards also selects four Rising Star Honorees—one from each of the main categories: Children’s, Nonfiction, Fiction, and Poetry books. All Gold Medal winners are considered for this award that includes a check for $1,000, distribution of an article about their book, and press releases focusing on the four Rising Stars as the next generation of “must-read” authors.

Sandy Rodriguez’s Choose to Prevail is designed to help readers feel an increase in their self-confidence, self-acceptance, and sense of calm as they deal with their day and the world. This is a conversational book, with a light sprinkling of humor and no toxic positivity.

Signed copies are available exclusively at

Unsigned copies (and over 100 reviews) are available through major online retailers including Amazon.

Our Heart Of Hollywood Magazine Editor is also an author and her book, Choose to Prevail, is a past winner.

Giovanna Salas

Publisher and Magazine Founder

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