Fernando Rielo Foundation
THE FERNANDO RIELO WORLD PRIZE FOR MYSTICAL POETRY
I understand mystical poetry in two senses:
A.- The speciﬁc or full sense, which consists of conveying, with suﬃcient poetic skill, the diﬀerent modes of the soul’s intimate personal experience of union with God in love and pain. The Christian poet experiences this union in relation to the Most Blessed Trinity; the non-Christian poet, in relation to God alone. The fullest exclusive consecration to Supreme Love, insofar as possible in this life, is what distinguishes mystical poetry from other poetic genres. If religious poetry and, along with it, other poetic genres, are not formed by this union of love with the Ab- solute, they are reduced to a religare which is deformed, rather than merely formless. This deformation is the departure point for what I term “antimystical poetry” and “antireligious poetry.” It is quite certain that this deformity cannot totally annihilate the transcendence which deﬁnes the poet: all poetry is openness to the mystery of suﬀering that is man.
B.- The general or incipient sense, which consists of conveying, with supreme mastery, the intimate experience of love with the Absolute in the various modes of searching presented by the human being’s spiritual inquietum cor. In this regard, I consider mysticism to be open—that is, incipient in all human beings because of the ontological fact that they are “mystical beings” rather than rational, political, or symbolic animals. On account of their mystical or ontological status, human beings, from the ﬁrst instant of their conception, are betrothed to God— that is, united, constituted, and related. Mystical life, in keeping with this deﬁnition of man, is the incrementing, by way of grace, of the immanent constitutive presence of the Divine Persons in the human person. This is what the elevation of mystical life to its greatest possible intimacy consists of. The aim of mystical poetry is to confess one’s faith. The human word, as the image and likeness of the divine word, with a mystical brushstroke must trace out a language of hidden perfumed essences, unambiguously summoning up man’s heavenly destiny.
In no way reductive; mystical poetry is rather eminently creative, capable of engendering new stylistic resources, new forms, and, in general terms, inexhaustible wealth for conveying the soul’s mystical union with the Creator by means of the aesthetic image. Mystical poetry is also a universal, transcendental vision of a humanity journeying towards its celestial goal. Nature and the cosmos are added to this mystical journey, oﬀering themselves to human beings for the purpose of illuminating the noblest sense of their unitive experience of love.
Mystical poetry diﬀers from religious poetry in that, unlike the latter, it possesses a vast horizon through which it passionately recreates the multiform values of human spirituality. So-called “religious poetry”—often confused with “antimystical or antireligious poetry,” which is ranting, brazen, condemnatory, and even blasphemous—generally exhibits the traits of searching and feeling on a cultural level, rather than creative inner experience. What poet has not posed the subject of religion, even if only tangentially? The property deﬁning mystical poetry is not to deal with God as a topic, as an “existential” description, as a stylistic recourse, or as a kind of experimental choice, but rather to raise loving union with the Absolute to art, to such a degree that the constant of that poetry must evoke this mystical union in a most lofty manner.
The experience of the union of love with God is so intimate, so vital, and so deﬁnitive that the mystical poet, in contrast to the so-called religious poet, will never wonder about the existence or non-existence of God, not even as an aesthetic recourse, just as the existence or non-existence of the air one breathes is never questioned.
THE FERNANDO RIELO WORLD PRIZE FOR MYSTICAL POETRY
Sponsored by Fernando Rielo Foundation
Fernando Rielo Foundation is pleased to announce the Forty-first Annual World Prize for Mystical Poetry, which shall be governed by the following rules:
1.- Works of poetry, unpublished in their entirety, originally written in either Spanish or English or translated into one of these two languages, shall be eligible for the Fernando Rielo World Prize for Mystical Poetry. Works that have previously been published or posted in part or as a whole on social networks, blogs, webs, or any other medium, will not be admitted.
2.- Each entry must be presented by its author. The minimum length for entries shall be 600 lines, and the maximum length is not to exceed 1300 lines. For this yearly award, a given work of poetry may not be submitted repeatedly. Nor may it include poems or fragments already presented in past years for this Prize, nor poems or fragments that were already awarded other Prizes or are pending the jury’s decision for other Prizes.
3.- The Prize shall be awarded for mystical poetry expressing the profound religious signiﬁcance of the human person’s spiritual values.
4.- The Prize shall consist of 7,000 euros and the publication of the entry selected. The Prize shall be awarded for a single entry. It may not be awarded in the absence of a suitable work. Nevertheless, the Jury may grant “Special Mention” to one or more of the ﬁnalists.
5.- The authors of the winning works will always retain their intellectual rights; the publishing rights for the ﬁrst edition will belong to the Fernando Rielo Foundation. The rights of author of the ﬁrst edition of the winning work will consist in the monetary prize plus 100 copies of this work.
6.- The Jury may propose selected poems with signiﬁcant mystical content from among all the works presented with a view toward their publication in an anthology by the Foundation, if the latter deems it appropriate.
7.- Entries must be sent via electronic mail as a single document in PDF format. No other format will be admitted. The ﬁrst page of the document must bear the title of the work, the author's full name, his or her complete postal address (including city, state, country, nationality), e-mail address, and telephone number.
The use of pseudonyms is thus prohibited. The electronic address where submissions must be sent is:
Another format will not be admitted.
By way of exception, those who are unable to send their work via e-mail will send them to the following address:
Premio Mundial de Poesía Mística
Calle Goya 20, 4º izda. interior
28001 – Madrid
In this case, a single bound copy of the work should be submitted, printed or typed. A copy of the work on disk or CD should be included as well, if possible.
8.- The deadline for submitting entries shall be October 15, 2021, and all entries postmarked on or before this date shall be accepted.
9.- The President of the Fernando Rielo Foundation shall constitute and chair the Jury.
10.- The Jury’s decision shall be made on or before December 15, 2021, and both the winner and the media shall be immediately informed thereof and announced on the web page of the Foundation and through the media.
11.- Original works submitted shall not be returned, and shall be destroyed ten days after the Jury’s decision.
12.- The decision of the Jury is ﬁnal.
13.- The submission of entries for consideration means full acceptance of these Rules.
14.- Information of the participants shall be collected for the database of the Fernando Rielo Foundation for
purposes of sending them information on the Prize and other activities that may be of interest to them.
Participants may at any time exercise their right to be removed from this list by sending their request to the e-mail address for the Prize.
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