1st ISLA Latino Publishing University Conference

August 19-20, 2022

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International Latino Book Awards Ceremonies

ISLA Latino Publishing University

The ISLA Latino Publishing University is an education program to support author growth, to provide a setting to network, and to increase publishing success. The core of this program is three days of workshops in English and Spanish targeting topics that authors and small publishers often ask about. The event will happen in conjunction with the 24th International Latino Book Awards Ceremony which will be divided into four awards ceremony segments.

Over the past five years we have held over a dozen International Society of Latino Author webinars on topics designed to help authors and smaller publishers succeed in book publishing. These workshops are designed to complement the type of workshops that the Independent Book Publishers Association offers at their IBPA Publishing University. We are honored that Los Angeles City College will be hosting the first Latino Publishing University as part of the 2022 International Latino Book Awards Ceremony
The types of workshops offered include: Finding a quality translator; How to get an agent; Finding the right illustrator; How to get an editor; Metadata for Latino themed books; Book distribution for consumer and library markets; Marketing; Book design elements. Print on demand made simple; and Trends in Latino book publishing. Questions may be asked in Spanish in any of the workshops.

International Latino Book Awards

Since Empowering Latino Futures created the International Latino Book Awards (ILBA), there have been 3,470 award winning authors and publishers honored in 105 categories of children and adult books. This year, it took 217 judges to evaluate all the book entries and help recognize the winners. The ILBA has grown over the last 24 years to become the largest Latino literary and cultural awards in the USA. Categories are in Children’s, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Fiction, eBooks, Design, Translation, and Best First Books. The books are written in English, Spanish, Portuguese or bilingual formats.
In 2020 we created special Legend Awards named after literary and community notables. These include Isabel Allende, Rudolfo Anaya, Charlie Ericksen, Alma Flor Ada, Juan Felipe Herrrera, Dolores Huerta, Hank Lacayo, Mimi Lozano, Julian Nava, Victor Villaseñor, and Raul Yzaguirre.

  • Why it’s important. The Awards recognize the greatness in books by and about Latinos around the world. Winners have included the major Latino literary stars and nurtures those starting their writing career and will be the stars of tomorrow. Most of all, the Awards encourage thousands of future authors.
  • This is ELF’s ONLY Fundraiser. Please help our programs meet their full potential.
  • The Growth. In 1980, there were less than 300 books a year being published in the USA with Latino authors. By 1997, when the organization started, over a 1,000 books a year were being published with Latino authors. Today, that figure is around 30,000 books per year by Latino authors in the USA. We are very proud of that evolution. This year, Latinos in the USA will spend over $750 million on books.
  • Media Exposure. Every year coverage of the Awards has grown. Past coverage has included American Latino TV, Univision, HiTn, book industry media, and over 230 publications around the USA.


Saturday, August 19 (Pacific Standard Time)


11 PM: Registration opens for the first ceremony
12 PM: Poetry, Translation, Mariposa, Design, Themed, eBooks, Audiobooks, Portuguese, & Marketing Awards Ceremony (Student Union Building)

  • eBook & Audiobook Awards: Best Children’s Picture eBook || Best eBook – Nonfiction || Best eBook – Fiction || Best Children’s Audio Book
  • Portuguese Awards: Best Young Adult Book || Best Book – Fiction || Best Book – Nonfiction
  • Design Awards: Best Cover Design || Best Cover Illustration or Photo || Best Interior Design || Best Use of Photos or Illustrations Inside the Book
  • Translation Awards: Best Children’s Picture Book Translation – Spanish to English || Best Children’s Picture Book Translation – English to Spanish || Best Chapter/Young Adult Book Translation – Spanish to English || Best Chapter/Young Adult Book Translation – English to Spanish || Best Nonfiction Book Translation – Spanish to English || Best Nonfiction Book Translation – English to Spanish || Best Fiction Book Translation – Spanish to English
  • The Mariposa Awards: Best First Book – Children & Youth || Best First Book – Nonfiction || Best First Book – Fiction 
  • Best Themed Book Awards: The Dolores Huerta Best Community Service Themed Book || Best LGBTQ Themed Book || The Ambassador Julian Nava Best Educational Themed Book (K-12) || Best Academic Themed Book (College) || Best Culturally Themed Academic Book || Best Book About Military Service || Best Latina Themed Book || Best Play or Collection of Plays
  • Poetry Awards: Best Children’s & Youth Poetry Book || The Juan Felipe Herrera Best Poetry Book – One author || Best Poetry Book – Multi-Author || Best Poetry Anthology Book
  • Marketing Awards: Best Author Video Promoting a Book || Best Website Promoting a Book

1 PM: Lunch & Networking (Student Union Building)
2-5 PM: Author Audio Interviews (Holmes Building)
3 PM: Latino Publishing University: Finding a Quality Translator (Holmes Building)
4 PM: Latino Publishing University: Metadata for Latino Themed Books (Holmes Building)
5 PM: Registration opens for Fiction Awards
6 PM: FICTION Awards Ceremony (Student Union Building)

  • The Rudolfo Anaya Best Latino Focused Fiction Book
  • The Isabel Allende Most Inspirational Fiction Book
  • Best Popular Fiction
  • Best Novel – Adventure or Drama
  • Best Novel – Historical Fiction
  • Best Novel – Mystery
  • Best Novel – Fantasy
  • Best Novel – Science-Fiction
  • Best Novel – Romance
  • Best Graphic Novel
  • Best Fiction – Multi-Author
  • Best Collection of Short Stories

7 PM: Dinner and Networking, 3rd Floor Terrace (Student Union Building)

Saturday, August 20 (Pacific Standard Time)


11 AM: Registration opens (Student Union Building) and Author Audio Interviews (Holmes Building)
12 pm: CHILDREN, YOUTH & YOUNG ADULT Awards Ceremony (Student Union Building)

  • Children Book Awards: The Alma Flor Ada Best Latino Focused Children’s Picture Book || Best Children’s Fiction Picture Book || Best Children’s Nonfiction Picture Book || Best Educational Children’s Picture Book || Most Inspirational Children’s Picture Book || Best Learn to Read Book
  • Youth Book Awards: Best Youth Latino Focused Chapter Book || Best Youth Chapter Fiction Book || Most Inspirational Youth Chapter Book
  • Young Adult Book Awards: Best Young Adult Latino Focused Book || Best Young Adult Fiction Book || Best Young Adult Fantasy & Adventure || Best Young Adult Romance Book || Best Educational Young Adult Book || Most Inspirational Young Adult Book || The Charlie Ericksen Best Book Written by a Youth

1 PM: Lunch & Networking (Student Union Building)
2-4 PM: Author Audio Interviews (Holmes Building)
2 PM: Special Film Screening for attendees
4 PM: Registration for Nonfiction Awards
5 PM: NON-FICTION Awards Ceremony (Student Union Building)

  • The Victor Villaseñor Best Latino Focused Nonfiction Book
  • Most Inspirational Nonfiction Book
  • Best Biography
  • Best Autobiography
  • The Mimi Lozano Best Family History Book
  • The Raul Yzaguirre Best Political/Current Affairs Book
  • Best History Book
  • Best Business Book
  • Best Arts Book
  • Best Gift Book
  • Best Cookbook
  • Best Reference Book
  • Best Self Transformation Book
  • Best Health & Wellness Book
  • Best Women’s Issues Book
  • Best Religious Book
  • Best Spiritual/New Age Book
  • Best Travel Book
  • Best Sports/Recreation Book
  • Best Nonfiction – Multi-Author

6 PM: Dinner and Networking, 3rd Floor Terrace (Student Union Building)

Event Location

Los Angeles City College

855 N. Vermont Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90029

All activities are on the Los Angeles City College campus between the Student Union and Holmes Buildings. All attendees will have free parking in Parking Lot 4.


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ILBA Introduces the Rising Star Honorees

Over the last 24 years, the International Latino Book Awards has honored 3,470 titles, changing the perceptions of tens of thousands of people toward books written by and about Latinos. In the last two years, more than 20,000 people in the United States and all over the world have tuned in for our virtual Awards Ceremony.
The four Rising Star Honoree categories are Children’s, Non-Fiction, Fiction, and Poetry books. The Rising Stars will be chosen from authors who are not yet making a full-time living as an author and who are Gold Medal winners in a corresponding categories for each of the four Awards.
Each prizewinner will receive a $3,500 package that includes a check for $1,000, distribution of an article about their book to 450+ Latino media outlets, a press release focusing on the four 2022 Rising Stars, a special award, and billing as a representative of the next generation of ‘Must Read’ authors.

The International Latino Book Awards program is part of Empowering Latino Futures, a 501c3 nonprofit which has produced 69 Latino Book & Family Festivals around the USA and operates programs like Education Begins in the Home, the Award-Winning Author Tour, and Empowering Students. ELF is also an Affiliate of the American Library Association and other organizations.