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. 

Sunsetting the Contest

For the past fifteen years, the Poetry Center has hosted an annual corrido contest for high school youth. While the corrido form is vast, we feel that we’ve reached the limit of what is possible within a contest structure. As a result, we have made the strategic decision to retire the contest format after 2014-15 year. We will continue to support teachers and schools who teach the corrido through an online archive of historical and pedagogical material, and this decision will allow the Poetry Center to explore other multilingual modes of creative writing through education programs. Please click here if you’d like to know more about this decision.

2014-2015 Winners

Our judge, Logan Phillipshas selected three winners for our Corrido Contest. Congratulations to these talented students!

1st Place

Adlemy Yocupicio


Rio Rico High School


2nd Place

J. Steven Barrera

“Mis Abuelos”

Benson High School


3rd Place

Karla Guerra

“No Era Penal”

Rio Rico High School


We hope that you will join us for this year’s Corrido Concert and Awards Ceremony on April 25th at 10am. Winning corridos will be performed by professional musicians, and all semifinalists will be honored. The ceremony will be held at the Poetry Center and is free and open to the public.


2014-2015  Semifinalists
Name High School
Jacob Acosta Nogales High School
Aaron Aguirre Nogales High School
Ally Alvarez Rio Rico High School
Valeria Arvizu Rio Rico High School
Einar Balderrama Rio Rico High School
Diana Barnett Rio Rico High School
Efren Barron Empire High School
Maricel Becerra Douglas High School
Melissa Bustamante Lee Nogales High School
Valeria Cabello Rio Rico High School
Fabiola Cervantes Nogales High School
Karely Colindres Rio Rico High School
Paola Coria Nogales High School
Desirae Cruz Nogales High School
Melanie Fellers Nogales High School
Diana Garcia-Rojas Rio Rico High School
Erica Grijalva Nogales High School
Juan Guerra Rio Rico High School
Kayleen Gutierrez Nogales High School
Marlen Hernandez Nogales High School
Julissa Hernandez Rio Rico High School
Cameron Jeong Nogales High School
Rosa Maria Maldonado Nogales High School
Alicia Martinez Douglas High School
Karisma Martinez Rio Rico High School
Jacqueline Mata Rio Rico High School
Yvonne Montano Douglas High School
Paola Morales Nogales High School
Jeannette Navarro Rio Rico High School
Hope Noriega Rio Rico High School
April Ochoa Nogales High School
Melissa Ornelas Nogales High School
Sophia Phillips Empire High School
Ulysses Puig Rio Rico High School
Luis Quintana Nogales High School
Ernesto A. Ramirez Rio Rico High School
Paola Ramos Nogales High School
Danely Ramos Rio Rico High School
Alicia Reynolds Benson High School
Sean Spinney Benson High School
Sam Sneed Rio Rico High School
Alan Sneed Rio Rico High School
Maria Valle Rio Rico High School
Diana Vargas Rio Rico High School
Mariela Vasquez Nogales High School
Guillermo D. Velasco Rio Rico High School
Gianella Zamudio Nogales High School
Lizzette Zazueta Rio Rico High School


For more information contact Renee Angle at, or (520) 626-9625.


Past Winners

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
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
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
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
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Araceli Valenzuela Carmen Garía Bianca Roslaes
"El Corrido De 'Mr. V'" "Vida Solitaria" "Recuerdos De Ti"
Pueblo Magnet HS Desert View HS Marana HS
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"
Desert View HS Desert View HS Cholla HS
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"
Desert View HS Desert View HS Rincon HS
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Luis Loya Ryan Gonzales Mabel Tovar
"El Corrido De Manuela Chaparro" "My Grandpa" "Sangre Inocente"
Desert View HS Cholla HS Desert View HS
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Elizabeth Tona Fernando Aguirre Julio Robles
"En El Desierto De Sonora" "Corrido Del General Villa" "Gustavo El Boxeador"
Desert View HS Cholla HS Desert View HS
1st Place   2nd Place
Jesús A. Marin   Nicole Velarde
"Las Muertas De Juárez"   "Libertad"
Carl Hayden HS   Arizona School for the Arts
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"
Cholla HS Tombstone HS Tempe Prep
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"
Sunnyside HS Cholla HS Cholla HS
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Eleuterio Cortez Kristina Limón Lizette Ledezma
"Sonocal" "Corrido For Daddy" "Un Tormentoso Recuerdo"
Pueblo HS Sunnyside Alternative HS Pueblo HS
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"
Tucson Magnet HS Tucson Magnet HS Cholla HS
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Lizette Mendivil, Gabriela Contreras Lobsang I. Enríquez Yajaira González
"La Gringuita" "Amargo Trago" "Sueño Eterno"
Pueblo HS   Sunnyside HS


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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