2021 Writing Contest Finalists

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SouthWest Writers is pleased to announce—in alphabetical order—the 45 winners of 58 awards in our 2021 writing contest’s 20 categories.

Congratulations to you all!

For the final reveal, make plans to join us on Saturday, October 2 for the awards ceremony during our annual business—and inaugural live—meeting at our new location on the UNM Continuing Ed campus.

And a huge shout-out to all of our judges for giving of their time so freely to make possible our recognition of such writing excellence.

Chris Allen, “Life With Mags” • Animal & Humor prose
Lynn Assimacopoulos, “Someone Really Should” • Humor poetry
Larry Baer, “Origins” • Historical prose
Heather Bennett, “Amsterdam” • Romance prose
Alane Brown, “Canine Therapy” • Animal prose
Alane Brown, “Bone Listener” • Fantasy/Futuristic/Sci-Fi
Alane Brown, “The Escape” • Historical prose
Alane Brown, “Sol & Terra: A Romance” • Romance prose
Alane Brown, “Nocturnal Awakening” • Animal poetry
Alane Brown, “Catfish Reverie” • Animal poetry
Alane Brown, “Peters’s Pickled Peppers” • Holiday poetry
Alane Brown, “Eighteen-wheelers” • Humor poetry
Joe Cappello, “The Secret of the Smiling Rock Man” • Spiritual prose
John Cornish, “Parade” • Holiday poetry
Rebecca Dakota, “Stain-Glassed Poppies” • Memoir prose
Donald de Noon, “Feeling So Grownup” • Love poetry
Vanessa Foster, “The Game” • Crime/Mystery prose
Matthew Geyer, “Corner Table” • Love poetry
Jenny Hansen, “Brotherly Love” • Spiritual Prose
PK Hill, “Night in Childhood” • Holiday poetry
Lilian Hoines, “Gray Boy” • Fantasy/Futuristic/Sci-Fi
Kathleen Holmes, “A New Mexico Love Story” • Humor prose
Carlton Holte, “In Memoriam” • Loss poetry
Ed Lehner, “Katie” • Memoir prose
Laina MacRae, “Will You Let My Name Die?” • Travel prose
Conor McAnally, “The Psychiatrist’s Window” • Social Consciousness prose
William Major, “All in Your Mind” • Horror/Suspense/Thriller
Marcia Meier, “Santa Anas” • Romance prose
Jennifer Mitchell, “Faith” • Spiritual poetry
Elaine Montague, “The Matter of the Platter” • Travel prose
Claire Murray, “After the Rush Fades” • Crime/Mystery prose
Matthew Nyman, “Not Doubting That Pendulums Swing, “Social Consciousness poetry
Sue Ann Owens, “Kiss the Cook” • Humor poetry
Laurie Pals, “Snow Angels in Hell” • Social Consciousness prose
Elise Phillips, “As Always” • Horror/Suspense/Thriller
Charles Powell, “Crying Man” • Social Consciousness poetry
Lucy M. Quinn, “Dark Goodbye” • Loss poetry
Dustin Ramsbacher, “Party at My Hanging” • Social Consciousness poetry
Carol Rawie, “Would You Build a House” • Nature poetry
Tisha Reichle-Aguilera, “Cultural Inspection” • Social Consciousness prose
Kimberly Rose, “Birds of a Feather” • Fantasy/Futuristic/Sci-Fi
Lois Ruby, “Tender” • Travel prose
Margaret Scherch, “El Estado del Alma” • Spiritual prose
Margaret Scherch, “Covid Stream” • Nature poetry
Lynne Sebastian, “The Dude Abides” • Animal prose
Avraham Shama, “With Pens of Love and Grace” • Biography prose
Michelle Smith, “Bitch Wings” • Humor prose
Anna Sochocky, “An Annual Visitation” • Biography prose
Anna Sochocky, “Time Between Hours” • Spiritual poetry
Dana Starr, “What the Fork” • Crime/Mystery prose
Dana Starr, “To Jan, With Love” • Memoir prose
Maggie Griffin Taylor, “Joe the Dinosaur” • Animal poetry
Maggie Griffin Taylor, “Journey” • Loss, Love & Spiritual poetry
Jennifer Trotter, “Crossed Paths” • Historical prose
Emmaly Wiederholt, “Soaked” • Nature poetry


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