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Important information in the October Sage!

New SWW Meeting location

Secrets to Getting Published Conference

Storyteller Anthology now an e-book and free for a short time on Amazon!

Nine SouthWest Writers (SWW) members are finalists in the 2018 Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) writing contest. Joe Badal [Sins of the Fathers], John Candelaria [War in the Company of Medics], Brinn Colenda [Homeland Burning], and the following SWW members of the Corrales Writing Group [Love Sweet to Spicy] – Chris Allen, John Atkins, Sandi Hoover, Tom Neiman, Jim Tritten, and Pat Walkow – were notified their books have scored high enough to warrant the award either a Gold, Silver, or Bronze medal in the categories of Mystery/Thriller, Poetry Book, and Anthology. Awards will be announced and presented at the annual MWSA conference being held in Charleston, SC, in early November.”

Jasmine and Jim Tritten have published an adventure story written from the perspective of a lost kitten. Kato is the cutest little gray/black striped young male cat with white paws and a rusty colored nose. He sets out to look for his missing sister. In the process he gets lost in the woods by a rushing stream. With the help of a rabbit, then an owl, and finally a coyote he overcomes many obstacles on his journey.  Kato’s Grand Adventure is available on Amazon.

Book Signing for Shatter My Heart, Thelma Giomi’s latest literary novel will be at BookWorks September 16    1-3pm

Rudy Miera would like to share with SouthWestWriters that his stage play, “Adelita Sanchez – Harvey Girl” was recently named a winning finalist in the Latino Literacy Now’s contest for turning “Books/Scripts into Movies.”

From John Cousins:   I’m happy to announce that my book, “MBA ASAP Understanding Corporate Finance”, made it to BookAuthority’s Best Corporate Finance Books of All Time:     BookAuthority collects and ranks the best books in the world, and it is a great honor to get this kind of recognition.   It is available as an eBook for Kindle, Paperback, and audiobook on Audible. Check it out on Amazon.

The July Sage features a short story by Jim Tritten, “Taking off the Uniform”, which we’ve just learned won 1st place in the 2018 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival!

The National Federation of Press Women honored two SWW members by awarding them first places in the annual writers competition.   Melody Groves‘ True West article in December’s issue: Milton J. Yarberry, Jerked to Jesus garnered a 1st Place award Her reaction?  “Whoo hoo! I’m so excited and honored.”  

Right after that we learned that Loretta Hall won the Communicator of Achievement award, which recognizes professional achievement, service to the organization, and community service. One award is given each year.


Jasmine and Jim Tritten donated their short story “Kato’s Grand Adventure” to an anthology designed to raise funds for Big Cat Rescue. The book is entitled Write To Meow 2017” and is available in paperback.

Jim also published a short story “Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!” in the Summer Issue of Corrales in FOCUS.


Joanne Bodin’s novel, Orchid of the Night, a dark psychological mystery/thriller, has won it’s fourth award!

  • It placed as a finalist in the “commercial fiction” category of the 2018 Eric Hoffer Book Award.
  • It won second place in the New Mexico Press Women 2018 Communication Contest
  • for adult novel.
  • It won “distinguished favorite”  in the  2017 NYC Big Book Award for LGBT fiction.
  • It won the  2017 New Mexico/Arizona Book Award  in Gay/Lesbian fiction and placed as
  • finalist  in three categories;  historical fiction, mystery/crime, thriller/suspense

Dollie Williams had a booth at the El Paso Comicon last week and the managers of the event posted a picture of her and her book, Child in Chaos on the event website.



Larada Horner-Miller’s book, A Time to Grow Up:  A Daughter’s Grief Memoir was an “Official Selection” for the 2017 New Apple Book Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing.

Loretta Hall’s children’s book Miguel & Michelle Visit Spaceport America was reviewed in the April edition of Enchantment Magazine by Phaedra Greenwood.

Sandi Hoover and Jim Tritten’s short story “No Longer in Service” was published in Anthology Askew Volume 005: Fantastically Askew.  

Also, Jim Tritten published a story in Corrales in FOCUS about how his Hungarian grandmother immigrated into the United States

Neil McKee just had an essay published on-line. It was adapted from a chapter of his draft literary memoir manuscript “North Borneo Sojourns,” (working title) which is about his first assignment overseas with the Canadian version of the Peace Corps. The essay is available at The Ekphrastic Review:

Irene Blea has been accepted as one of the 50 authors to exhibit at the 2018 Albuquerque Museum Author Festival, other SWW members included as exhibitors are Melody Groves, Judith Avila, Sarah Baker, Joanne Bodin, Steve Brewer, Don Bullis, Loretta Hall, Betsy James, Bob Kidera, Scott Arthur Jones, Jonathan Miller, R.J. Mirabal, Donald Morgan, James Tritten, and Patricia Smith Wood


I am a SWW member, and am looking for a critique group.  Stephen  Fiction, historical fiction, non-fiction, memoir North Valley, but am flexible Twice a month is preferred

Houghton Mifflin purchased textbook and Spanish language rights for THE DOG THAT DUG FOR DINOSAURS (Simon & Schuster) by Shirley Raye Redmond

Lee Higbee has posted two non-fiction books to “How to Talk about Wines You Haven’t Yet Tasted”  and “A Writer’s Reference, a beginners look at fiction writing including many rules of thumb for writers, quotes on writing and a large glossary of terms for writing and arguing.”   You can get to both at: Other  novels, which are very inexpensive, are available at (They are written under the allonym BJ Creighton.)

 Ruth Pollard has signed a contract to have her memoir published by Citrine Publishing. Ruth kept a journal during her husband's illness and death which she turned into a book. The release is planned for the fall.

That crazy Corrales Writing Group has published its fifth anthology, this time with a theme. Love, Sweet to Spicy in Color: A Corrales Writing Group Anthology features romance short stories written by the seven members of the group. It is available now on in paperback and kindle formats. A color paperback version is also available.

Frank Carden’s new novel, Billy Bonney aka The Kid, has just been published by Flat Sole Studio. It is available on Amazon as a paperback. About the novel; It didn’t matter that the deputy sheriff tried to assault her. Wilma had killed a lawman. She was now on the run and needed a disguise. Wilma dressed in her brother’s old clothes and changed her name to William, Billy for short. For a last name she took her stepfather’s. Billy Bonney rode into the history books, a gunslinger with twenty-two notches on a Colt 41, a legion, even during her short life.  Frank Carden will have a book signing at Coas downtown book store Saturday Feb. 10th from 10:00am to Noon. 

The second book in Claire Stibbe’s  Detective Temeke Crime Series, Night Eyes, won the NM/AZ Book award for Crime Mystery. 

The SWW Memoir group is looking to add few members. The group meets at the Domingo Baca community center on Carmel (just north of Paseo del Norte and West of Wyoming). We meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. This is a SWW program and it is free of charge to anyone who wants to attend.

The Women in Aviation International organization has invited Rose Marie Kern, author of Air to Ground, to do several book signings during their spring conference in Reno, NV on March 24th.

Saturday, Feb. 24th, The Grief Resource Center at UNM is hosting a panel discussion and book signing featuring authors who have written about grief and loss.    SWW authors interested in participating can contact Desiree Woodland at 842-7166.   More information will be in the February Sage

Corran Harrington’s novel, Follow the River Home, was a Finalist in the Literary Fiction category of the 2017 Best Book Awards, and was also a Finalist for Literary Fiction in the 2017 International Book Awards.



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    October 4 @ 6:00 pm - November 10 @ 7:30 pm
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