Corrido at the Poetry Center

Bilingual Corrido Contest For High School Students

This contest for high school students encourages historical and cultural awareness and provides students with a vehicle to express themselves. All Arizona high school students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to apply by writing corridos in Spanish and/or English. Three cash prizes (in the amounts of $300, $200, $100) are awarded for the best original corridos.

The corrido is a musical ballad form developed in Mexico in the 1800s and originally sung throughout the country. Although still popular in Mexico, over time it has become known as música de la frontera (border music) because of its popularity along both sides of the U.S.–Mexico border. For resources on teaching corrido in the classroom, visit our Teaching Corrido page. We must receive corridos on or before the deadline. 

Submission Guidelines

Deadline: Monday, December 1 by 11:59 p.m. (for snail mail submissions, this is a postmark deadline)

Judge: To Be Announced

*Arizona high school students grades 9-12 are eligible to apply. The University of Arizona Poetry Center is a part of the state university system and adheres to state policies around the awarding of money. Winning students will be requested to provide a social security number to receive their award check.

To enter online, please do the following:

  • Click here to submit online via Submittable, an online submission manager.
  • For directions on how to submit online, click here.
  • Please note that it's preferred for students to submit via Submittable, and that each student is responsible for submitting his/her own corrido individually via Submittable.
  • Upload one typed copy of your original corrido. (Do not include your name, address, or any other identifying information on the corrido itself.)
  • Corridos can be written in either Spanish or English.

You do not need to provide music for the corrido. Winning corridos will be performed by a professional musician at the contest awards ceremony in April. Winning students meet with musicians prior to performance to help give input and guide the creation of original music composed to complement each corrido.

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To enter via snail mail, send the following:

  • A completed application form.
  • Two, typed copies of your original corrido. (Do not include your name, address, or any other identifying information on the corrido itself.)
  • Corridos can be written in either Spanish or English.

You do not need to provide music for the corrido. Winning corridos will be performed by a professional musician at the contest awards ceremony in April. Winning students meet with musicians prior to performance to help give input and guide the creation of original music composed to complement each corrido.

Entries must be submitted by mail or in person to:

The UA Poetry Center
Corrido Contest
1508 E. Helen Street
Tucson, AZ 85721
Attn: Renee Angle

For more information contact Renee Angle at angler@email.arizona.edu, or (520) 626-9625.

 

Past Winners

  2013-2014  
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Daniela Ibarra Alejandra López Diana Vargas
"Margarita Y Alfredo" "El Día Que La Tierra Se Detuvo" "Mi Viejo"
Amphitheater HS Rio Rico HS Rio Rico HS
     
  2012-2013  
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Jocelyne Muñoz Claudeth Becerra Ivan Orellana
"Desde Mi Ventana" "El Valiente" "La Gloria"
Rio Rico HS Rio Rico HS Rio Rico HS
     
  2011-2012  
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Getsemany Miranda de la Cruz Ramon (R.J.) Mendoza Jamie Navarrete
"Blanca" "El Corrido De Mi Nana" "Corrido Terminando"
Nogales HS Peoria HS Desert View HS
     
  2010-2011  
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Sylvana Acuña Jesus Hurtado Valerie Leon
"El Corrido De Heriberto Acuña" "Padre Querido" "El Corrido Del Colimocho"
Cholla HS Sunnyside HS Marana HS
     
  2009-2010  
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Araceli Valenzuela Carmen Garía Bianca Roslaes
"El Corrido De 'Mr. V'" "Vida Solitaria" "Recuerdos De Ti"
     
  2008-2009  
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Clarissa Álvarez, Chretien Martínez, Julio Trejo Nancy Jiménez Elías Rodríguez
"El Día De Guerra" "El Corrido Del La Familia Jiménez" "Sin Título"
     
  2007-2008  
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Gamaliel Rabago Daena Arvizu Ariel Romero
"El Ángel Ilegal" "The Corrido Of El Mallate and Solarte" "El Corrido De Pat Tillman El Valiente"
     
  2006-2007  
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Luis Loya Ryan Gonzales Mabel Tovar
"El Corrido De Manuela Chaparro" "My Grandpa" "Sangre Inocente"
     
  2005-2006  
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Elizabeth Tona Fernando Aguirre Julio Robles
"En El Desierto De Sonora" "Corrido Del General Villa" "Gustavo El Boxeador"
     
  2004-2005  
1st Place   2nd Place
Jesús A. Marin   Nicole Velarde
"Las Muertas De Juárez"   "Libertad"
     
  2003-2004  
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Adriana Aguilar José Gutiérrez Daniel Hughes
"El Corrido Del Caballo Con Hambre Y Sed" "Juan Y Laura" "The Gregigor"
     
  2002-2003  
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Julianna Echerivel Prieto Marcia Contreras Katrina Castillo
"El Rancho De Los Pinos" "Adiós Muchachas" "El Día De Los Muertos"
     
  2001-2002  
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Eleuterio Cortez Kristina Limón Lizette Ledezma
"Sonocal" "Corrido For Daddy" "Un Tormentoso Recuerdo"
     
  2000-2001  
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Adolfo Salazar Alicia Marisol Martínez Brenda Alicia Parra Balderrama
"San Salinas" "Corrido De Las Dos Grandes Amigas" "La Muerte De Reynita Ruiz"
     
  1999-2000  
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Lizette Mendivil, Gabriela Contreras Lobsang I. Enríquez Yajaira González
"La Gringuita" "Amargo Trago" "Sueño Eterno"
     

 

Frequently asked questions about the Corrido Contest:

Q: What is a corrido? I need some helpful tips to write one.

A: Click here to find out!

 

Q: How do I submit my corrido online?

A: See attached “How-To” (attached to bottom of webpage)

 

Q: Where do I go to submit my Corrido online?

A: Click here to submit your corrido.

 

Q: What are the Corrido guidelines for submitting online? How do I do it?

A: Below are the Corrido guidelines, for submitting online:

  • Submit a typed corrido (in English and/or Spanish) no longer than three pages.
  • Your corrido should be included in one document.
  • We only accept DOC, DOCX, PDF, and RTF files.
  • Name should not appear on work.

 

Q: I want to send my corrido via snail mail. Where do I go? How do I do it?

A: To enter via snail mail, send the following:

·         A completed application form.

·         Two, typed copies of your original corridor, no longer than three pages. (Do not include your name, address, or any other identifying information on the corrido itself.)

·         Corridos can be written in either Spanish and/or English.

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