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2012 Winners

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2012 SouthWest Writers Annual Writing Competition

Winners of the SWW Annual Writing Contest were announced at the awards banquet on September 15. Below is a listing of the winners by category and place standing.

2012 Storyteller Award Goes To

Rachel Wierick
Things We’ll Ask God

Rachel Wierick won the $1500 grand prize Storyteller Award, as well as first place in the Juvenile/Young Adult Novel category for her entry.

1. Mainstream or Literary Novel

1st Place: Susan Salom Gay, Albuquerque, NM   Madame Thunderbolt

2nd Place: Karima Alavi, Abiquiu, NM   In the Shadow of the Tombs

3rd Place: James Brooks, Abilene, TX   Discovering Maggie

Judge: Chelsea M. Gilmore, Literary Agent, Maria Carvainis Agency

2. Mystery/Suspense/Thriller/Adventure Novel

1st Place: David L. Brown, Rio Rancho, NM   Retirement Man

2nd Place: Sue Anne Hodge, Pocatello, ID   Never Touch a Dead Body

3rd Place: George Snyder, Seal Beach, CA   The Farewell Heist

Judge: Thomas Colgan, Executive Editor, Penguin Books

3. Juvenile/Young Adult Novel

1st Place: Rachel Wierick, S. Pasadena, CA   Things We’ll Ask God

2nd Place: Kathleen Cherry, Kitimat, BC  The Funny Money Mystery

3rd Place: Marylin N. Warner, Manitou Spgs, CO   The Sister System

Judge: Katherine R. Harrison, Ass’t Editor, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

4. Historical/Western Novel

1st Place: Elizabeth Rose, Galisteo, NM   Poet Under A Soldier’s Hat

2nd Place: David Connell, Severna Park, MO   Last Leaf To Fall

3rd Place: Donna M. Vesely, Anthony, NM   Destinies Entwined Like Eagles Falling Out of the Sky

Judge: Mike Harris, Publisher, La Frontera Publishing

5. Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Short Story

1st Place: K. Eisert, Placitas, NM   “To Err is Human”

2nd Place: Edward D. Anderson, Gainsville, FL   “The Switchback”

3rd Place: K. Eisert, Placitas, NM   “Parades”

Judge: Michelle Vega, Berkley Editorial, Berkley Publishing Group

6. Mainstream/Literary Short Story

1st Place: Karima Alavi, Abiquiu, NM   “Bangkok Ghosts”

2nd Place: Martha Dudley, Staunton, VA   “Johnny Liem”

3rd Place: Jan Smith, Taos, NM   “Breasts”

Judge: Sarah Marshall, Editor-in-Chief, The Portland Review

7. Nonfiction Book Proposal

1st Place: Todd Griffin,Cedar Crest, NM   The Model You

2nd Place: Jonathan Miller, Albuquerque, NM   Law, Lust and Love

3rd Place: David L. Brown, Rio Rancho, NM   How to be Safe in a Dangerous World

Judge: Sheree Bykofsky, Sheree Bykofsky Assoc. Literary Agency

8. Memoir

1st Place: Christine Dodd, Akron, OH   Smoke Drink F**k

2nd Place: Gina Troisi, Dover, NH   Shadows on the Sidewalk

3rd Place: R. C. Schenck, Jr, Albuquerque, NM   Roaring Fork: A Memoir

Judge: Paul Rhetts, LPD Press, Rio Grande Books

9. Nonfiction Essay

1st Place: Ramona Gault, Seattle, WA   “The Arroyo”

2nd Place: R.C. Schenck, Jr, Albuquerque, NM   “Billy Graham and the Ice Cream Man”

3rd Place: Elizabeth Rose, Galisteo, NM   “Lisa’s Road Lesson”

Judge: Leigh Ann Henion, Editor, Cold Mountain Review

10. Children’s Fiction or Nonfiction Picture Book

1st Place: Amanda Huneke, New Bern, NC   How to Play on a Windy Day

2nd Place: Jacqueline Robison, Albuquerque, NM   Teensy Tiny and the Magnificent Spinning All-Seeing Hat

3rd Place: Rebecca Colby, Harrogate, UK   Broomstick Rodeo

Judge: Sara Sargent, Ass’t Editor, Balzer + Bray/Harper Collins Children’s Books

11. Screenplay

1st Place: Amy Lanasa, Las Cruces, NM   When You Marry the Man…

2nd Place: Chip Casner, Flagstaff, AZ   Easter Island

3rd Place: Briley Webb, Scottsdale, AZ   A Picture is Worth

Judge: Greg Gertmenian, General Manager, Abbot Entertainment

12. Poetry

1st Place: Phyllis Hoge, Albuquerque, NM   “Peacetime”

2nd Place: Darrell L. Gasaway, Alto, NM   “Stew for Two”

3rd Place: Phyllis Hoge, Albuquerque, NM   “Surfaces”

Judge: Lisa Lewis, Cimarron Review

2011 Winners

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the Sixth 2011 SWW Bi-Monthly Writing Competition

A Poem about the Southwest

1st Place: Catherine Ferguson, Galisteo, NM “I Remember Christmas on the Sonoran Desert”

2nd Place: Elizabeth Rose, Galisteo, NM, “Makima and Sandia are One”

3rd Place: Karin Bradberry, Albuquerque, NM “Crazy Woman Creek”

Honorable Mention:
Sara Bautista
, Albuquerque, NM “New Mexico Love Story”
Verona Winn, San Diego, CA “First Snowfall”
Heidi Wells, Albuquerque, NM “Southwest Winter–A Villanelle”
Amara Cudney, Albuquerque, NM “Angels on Central”
Yvonne Nunn, Hermleigh, TX “Acres Burn”


CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the Fifth 2011 SWW Bi-Monthly Writing Competition

Personal Essay

1st Place: Paula Nixon, Santa Fe, NM “Mom’s Pie”

2nd Place: Carola Sena, Albuquerque, NM, “Wartime Wedding”

3rd Place: Don Downey, New Orleans, LA, “Sheet Lightning”

Honorable Mention:
Stephanie Flores
, Los Ranchos, NM, “Not That Kind of Clear”
Ruth Friesen, Albuquerque, NM, “Ted’s Traveling Circus: Ploesti”
Charles Powell, Albuquerque, NM, “I Will Salute No More Forever”
Desiree Woodland, Albuquerque, NM, “Writing the Sorrow”


CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the Fourth 2011 SWW Bi-Monthly Writing Competition

Flash Fiction

1st Place: Alice Hurst, Albuquerque, NM, “Mango”

2nd Place: Dennis Kastendiak, Albuquerque, NM, “The Professional”

3rd Place: Barbara R. Duchek, St. Louis, MO, “Chatty Kathy”

Honorable Mention:
Suzan E. Boyer
, Running Springs, CA, “The Magic Swing”
Karen Higgins, Albuquerque, NM, “Not Again”
Maralie W. BeLonge, Albuquerque, NM, “Bears”
Elizabeth Rose, Galisteo, NM, “…it’s hot enough”
Katherine B. Hauth, Rio Rancho, NM, “White Cloth, Cold Room”
Bruce A. Mann, Albuquerque, NM, “Sanguinity”
James H. Brooks, Abilene, TX, “Eating Out”

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the Third 2011 SWW Bi-Monthly Writing Competition

A Love Poem

1st Place: Phyllis Hoge, Albuquerque, NM, “Blue Flowers”

2nd Place: Karen McKinnon, Sandia Park, NM, “Anniversary”

3rd Place: Yvonne Nunn, Hermleigh, TX, “Family Sea Shells”

Honorable Mention:
Dodici Azpadu
, Albuquerque, NM, “Amniotic Waters”
Verona Winn, Albuquerque, NM, “Loves Tempest”
Ruth Friesen, Albuquerque, NM, “A Heavenly Blend”

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the Second 2011 SWW Bi-Monthly Writing Competition

A Pet Anecdote

1st Place: Charles R. Powell, Albuquerque, N.M., “Mozambique Mouth Breeders”

2nd Place: Jeannette Clift George, Houston, Texas,”Little Dog’s Big Appetite”

3rd Place: Julia Rothstein, Burbank, Calif., “The Worthless Cat”

Honorable Mention:
James H. Brooks,
 Abilene, Texas, “Nuts”
Susan Cooper, Albuquerque, N.M., “Runaways”
Susan Cooper, Albuquerque, N.M., “Who Says Dogs Are Dumb”
Jan Fenimore, Rio Rancho, N.M., The Case of the Missing Lingerie”
Bob Kidera, Albuquerque, N.M., “Otis (My Man)”
Jacqueline Robinson, Albuquerque, N.M., “Sunshine Went Flying”
Elizabeth Rose, Galisteo, N.M., “Cats Love Chimneys”
Jasmine Tritten, Corrales, N.M., “The Kiss of a Llama”

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the First 2011 SWW Bi-Monthly Writing Competition

Memoir Hook

1st Place: Teresa Civello, Albuquerque, NM “The Photograph”

2nd Place: Donald T. Morgan, Albuquerque, NM, “Seventy-Seven and Counting”

3rd Place: Charles Powell, Albuquerque, NM, “Deadwood Jail”

Honorable Mention:
Dodici Azpadu,
 Albuquerque, NM, “Shoebox”
Maralie W. BeLonge, Albuquerque, NM, “Flight Patterns”
Donald DeNoon, Albuquerque, NM, “Nightmare at Midnight”
Holly Deuel Gilster, Albuquerque, NM, “This is Bloody Awful”
Desiree Perriguey, Rio Rancho, NM, “The Struggle”
Sandra Toro, Albuquerque, NM, “Willy’s Battered Heart”
Jasmine Tritten, Corrales, NM, “Terror”

2011 Winners

2011 Storyteller Award Goes To

Luise Putcamp, Jr., Salt Lake City UT, Confessions of a Card-Carrying Cadaver
Won first place in the Personal Essay/Column category
Judge: Sharen Marten-Brown, Art and Editorial Director, Ampichellis E-Books. 

1. Mainstream or Literary Novel

1st Place: Holly S. Warah, Dubai UAE  Married to the Mansours

2nd Place: Colleen M. Story, Idaho Falls ID   Loreena’s Gift

3rd Place: Robert Schladale, Sacramento CA   A Place in the Land

Judge: Diana Finch, Diana Finch Literary Agency

2. Mystery/Suspense/Thriller/Adventure Novel

1st Place: Dennis Jang, Santa Fe NM   Still Life in a Red Dress

2nd Place: Thomas J. Zuzich, Chicago IL   The Voices

3rd Place: Anne E. Kyle, Tulsa OK   Exile

Judge: Robert Brown, Ampichellis Ebooks

3. Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Novel

1st Place: Jennifer C. Martin, Peoria IL  Out of Order

2nd Place: Kevin Wolf, Littleton CO  A Town Called Vengeance

3rd Place: William Moore, Bellingham WA   These Sunken Eyes

Judge: Danielle Stockley, Penguin Group

4. Historical Novel

1st Place: Lorena Hughes, Albuquerque NM   The Black Letter

2nd Place: Michelle Sauceda-Halliday, Albuquerque NM   The Sofer’s Pen

3rd Place: Kathleen Cherry, Kitimat, B.C., Canada   To Marry an Earl

Judge: Katherine Pelz, Penguin Group

5. Middle Grade/Young Adult Novel

1st Place: R. E. Steedman, Canandaigua NY   Falling

2nd Place: Sara Bautista, Albuquerque NM   To Jocelyn With Love

3rd Place: Beth Christopher, Broomfield CO   Disappear

Judge: Rachel Abrams, HarperCollins Children’s Books

6. Mainstream or Literary Short Story

1st Place: Holly S. Warah, Dubai, UAE   “My Brother’s Wife”

2nd Place: Debra Border, Lawton OK   “One Night in Abilene”

3rd Place: Holly S. Warah, Dubai, UAE   “Bride Price”

Judge: Phong Nguyen, Editor, Pleiades

7. Memoir Book

1st Place: Bonnie Lee Black, Taos NM   Patchwork: A Memoir of Mali

2nd Place: Donald E. Moss, Clark CO   Phoenix of the Mind

3rd Place: Desiree Perriguey, Albuquerque NM   The Struggle

Judge: Patricia Moosbrugger, Literary Agency

8. Memoir Article

1st Place: Kristin Barendsen, Santa Fe NM   “Marilena”

2nd Place: Gabriella P. Savarese, Tijeras NM   “Necklaces in the Eucalyptus Tree”

3rd Place: Kristin Barendsen, Santa Fe NM   “Sacrificial Man”

Judge: Tim McKee, The Sun Magazine

9. Nonfiction Essay or Article

1st Place: Shanti E. Bannwart, Santa Fe NM   “Solitude”

2nd Place: Mary E. Kienholz, Spokane WA   “Fannie’s Mea Culpa”

3rd Place: Robert C. Schenck, Jr., Corrales NM   “The Ghost of Chris LeDoux”

Judge: Ashley Biggers, New Mexico Magazine

10. Personal Essay/Column

1st Place: Luise Putcamp, Jr., Salt Lake City UT   “Confessions of a Card-Carrying Cadaver”

2nd Place: Elizabeth Rose, Galisteo NM   “Lies Streaming”

3rd Place: Mary Kay Chapman, Albuquerque NM   “I’m Not Scared of Dying, But”

Judge: Stephanie Hainsfurther, abqARTS Magazine

11. Nonfiction Book

1st Place: Shanti E. Bannwart, Santa Fe NM   Dancing on One Foot

2nd Place: James Thompson, Rio Rancho NM   The Ethics of Chaos

3rd Place: Scott Tyson, Albuquerque, NM   The Unobservable Universe

Judge: Brandi Bowles, Howard Morhaim Literary Agency, Inc.

12. Children’s Fiction or Nonfiction Picture Book

1st Place: Linda Tripp, Albuquerque NM   Who’s My Momma?

2nd Place: Jennifer Buchet, Germantown MD   An Extraordinary Talent for Jumping

3rd Place: Marijanet Doonan, Pinehurst NC   The Ayudante

Judge: Jayne Carapezzi, HarperCollins Children’s Books

13. Screenplay

1st Place: Helen S. Brodeur, Albuquerque NM   Las Tres Madrinas

2nd Place: Eric Schneider, La Junta CO   1793

3rd Place: Phaedra Greenwood, Arroyo Hondo NM   Devil Weeds

Judge: Michael David Jensen,

14. Poetry

1st Place: Katherine Seluja, Santa Fe NM   Of Calamine and Honey

2nd Place: Larry Greenly, Albuquerque NM   The Promise

3rd Place: Susan Switzer, Albuquerque NM   Contemplating the Crepuscular

Judge: Ruth Moose, The Rambler Magazine

2010 Winners

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the Fourth 2010 SWW Quarterly Writing Competition

Thanksgiving Fiction

1st Place: James H. Brooks, Abilene, TX, “An In-Law Thanksgiving Dinner”

2nd Place: Donald T. Morgan, Albuquerque, NM, “Divine Intervention”

3rd Place: Verona Winn, Albuquerque, NM, “Turkey Surprise”

Honorable Mention:
Susan J. Alexis,
 Albuquerque, NM, “A Lot to be Thankful For”
Alan Carlson, Albuquerque, NM, “Just Go to Denny’s”

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the Third 2010 SWW Quarterly Writing Competition


1st Prize: Cathleen Cherry, Prescott, AZ: “Wish”

2nd Prize: Elizabeth Rose, Galisteo, NM: “a look back”

3rd Prize: Charles R. Powell, Albuquerque, NM: “Begging Eyes”

Honorable Mentions:
Donald DeNoon,
 Albuquerque, NM: “I Thought About You”
Bernie Lieving, Albuquerque, NM: “The Crack Defined”
Jennifer Alumbaugh, Glendale, CA: “Family Tree”
Jerry Self, Albuquerque, NM: “Smiles”

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the Second 2010 SWW Quarterly Writing Competition

A Man/Boy, a Dog, a Pair of Scissors

1st Prize: Heidi Wells, Albuquerque, NM: “Take My Scissors, Please”

2nd Prize: L. Coffin, Saratoga Springs, NY: “The Wheel of Fortune”

3rd Prize: Jean Melton, Grants Pass, OR: “Unspoken”

Honorable Mentions:
Fred Aiken
, Albuquerque, NM: “A man/boy, a dog, a pair of scissors”
Whitney Ison Weisenberg, Orange, Ohio: “A Grapefruit or a Pineapple”
Kathy Wagoner, Albuquerque, NM: “Early Train”
Julie M. Gates, Pagosa Springs, CO: “From Cumberland to Barth”
Bernie Lieving, Albuquerque, NM: “Critter”

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the First 2010 SWW Quarterly Writing Competition

Winter Memory

1st Prize: John Kennedy, Albuquerque, NM: no title

3rd Prize: L. Coffin, Saratoga Springs, NY: “Winter Memory”

3rd Prize: Doug Ellerbusch, Anaheim, CA: “Vroom Vroom”

Honorable Mentions:
Karen Higgins
, Albuquerque, NM: “Brownie, Blizzard and Bedazzled”
Will Young, Albuquerque, NM: “When Grandpa Met Santa”
Michael Callahan, Lompoc, CA: “My New Christmas Outfit”

2010 Winners

Storyteller Award Winner

Charles Greaves, Hush Money,
Mystery/Suspense/Thriller/Adventure Novel

1. Mainstream or Literary Novel (68 Entries)

1st Place: Sandra Hunter, Leaving to Come Home, Woodland Hills, CA

2nd Place:Steve Gardner, Winter Rye, Lockhart, TX

3rd Place: Susan Salluce Shingle, Out of Breath, Springs, CA

Judge: Gabe Robinson, HarperCollins, New York, New York

2. Mystery/Suspense/Thriller/Adventure Novel (64 Entries)

1st Place: Charles Greaves, Hush Money, Santa Fe, NM

2nd Place: John Taylor, Land of a Thousand Dances, Rio Vista, CA

3rd Place: A. P. Greenwood, Navfac, Houston, TX

Judge: Thomas Colgan, Penguine Group USA, New York, New York

3. Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Novel (27 Entries)

1st Place: Jennifer Martin, The Spirit Guides: An Insider’s Look at the Afterlife, Peoria, IL

2nd Place: Paul Kippert, Savior, Santa Fe, NM

3rd Place: David DeLee, Stede Bonnet, Amherst, NH

Judge: Linn Prentis, Linn Prentis Agency, New York, New York

4. Historical Fiction (38 Entries)

1st Place: Charles Greaves, Hard Twisted, Santa Fe, NM

2nd Place: JimDuggins, Slave Stealer, Rancho Mirage, CA

3rd Place: Elizabeth Rose, Hugh’s Footprint, Galisteo, NM

Judge: Jessica Papin, Dystel and Goderich Literary Management, New York, New York

5. Middle Grade/Young Adult Novel (49 Entries)

1st Place: Kathleen Cherry, Everyday Heroine, Kitimat, British Columbia, Canada

2nd Place: Laura Cumbie, Lucky, Peachtree City, GA

3rd Place: Lisa French, The Year in the Tent, Amarillo, TX

Judge: Elizabeth Evans, The Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, New York, New York

6. Memoir Book (32 Entries)

1st Place: Shanti Elke Bannwart, Dancing on One Foot, Santa Fe, NM

2nd Place: Margaret Porter Larson, Lightning, Blood & Ink: Essential Elements for a Wiser Woman,Laredo, TX

3rd Place: Marguerite Kearns, Warning: Persons Procuring or Concealing Escape of Prisoners Are Subject to Prosecution and Imprisonment, Santa Fe, NM

Judge: Jon Sternfeld, The Irene Goodman Literary Agency, New York, New York

7. Memoir Article (41 Entries)

1st Place: Peggy Spencer, Stillborn, Albuquerque, NM

2nd Place: Lisa Cerasoli, You’re So Nice, Marquette, MI

3rd Place: Deborah Hunter, Kevin’s Posse, Tulsa, OK

Judge: Rebecca McGill, Phoebe, A Journal of Literature & Art, Fairfax, Virginia

8. Mainstream or Literary Short Story (92 Entries)

1st Place: Penelope Stowell, Street Legal, Pagosa Springs, CO

2nd Place: Robert Schladale, Equalizing the Pressure, Sacramento, CA

3rd Place: Elena Sanchez, When I Die, Albuquerque, NM

Judge: Chris Cottrell, The Portland Review, Portland, Oregon

9. Nonfiction Essay or Article (12 Entries)

1st Place: Robert Schenck, Jr., MD, The Magic Christian, Corrales, NM

2nd Place: Henry Finney, The Scent of Ponderosa Pines, Los Alamos, NM

3rd Place: Larry Greenly, Stalking the Ethereal Wasabi, Albuquerque, NM

Judge: Leigh Ann Henion, Cold Mountain Review, Boone, North Carolina

10. Personal Essay/Column (18 Entries)

1st Place: Stephanie Nakhleh, ¡Seamos Amigos!, Albuquerque, NM

2nd Place: Carol Penn-Romine, Latchkey Spiders and Other Improbable Things, Burbank, CA

3rd Place: Murray Edwards, Easter Photo, Clyde, TX

3rd Place: Karen Keese, Moon in the Balance, Los Lunas, NM

Judge: Kathleen Struck,, Concord, Massachusetts

11. Nonfiction Book (11 Entries)

1st Place: Brian Frieder, How to Reform Our Public Schools in Six Years, Los Ranchos, NM

2nd Place: Larry Greenly, Eugene Bullard, Albuquerque, NM

3rd Place: Lulynne Streeter, Frozen Lives, Seabrook, TX

Judge: Marjorie Preston, Sheree Bykofsky Associates, Brigantine, New Jersey

12. Children’s Picture Book (Fiction or Nonfiction) (44 Entries)

1st Place: Amanda Huneke, Monster on the Loose, New Bern, NC

2nd Place: Rebeca Colby, The Mousequerade, Harrogate, United Kingdom

3rd Place: Monica Harris, The Magician’s Physician, Kalamazoo, MI

Judge: Paul Abdo, Abdo Publishing Group, Edina, Minnesota

13. Screenplay (29 Entries)

1st Place: Mary Haarmeyer, Daggers Draw, Lovington, NM

2nd Place: Susan Murphy, The Lion in the Backyard, Cerrillos, NM

3rd Place: Chip Casner, Poor August, Flagstaff, AZ

Judge: Tim Lambert, Abbot Screenplay Management, Pasadena, California

14. Poetry (159 Entries)

1st Place: Catherine Ferguson, The Mona Lisa, Galisteo ,NM

2nd Place: Catherine Ferguson, Vale mas tarde que nunca, Galisteo, NM

3rd Place: Karen McKinnon, Leaving, Sandia Park, NM

Judge: Lisa Lewis, Cimarron Review, Stillwater, Oklahoma

2009 Winners

Storyteller Award Winner

Kathleen Cherry: To Love a Viscount (Romance Category)


1. Mainstream or Literary Novel (47 Entries)

Judge: Diana Finch, The Diana Finch Literary Agency, New York, NY

1st Place: Peggi Randolph, Josephine’s Incredible Shoe & Black Pearls, Albuquerque, NM

2nd Place: David Gelsanliter, Second Rain, Corrales, NM

3rd Place: Daniel A. Smith, Storykeeper, Little Rock, AR

2. Mystery/Suspense/Thriller/Adventure Novel(36 Entries)

Judge: Mr. Robert Brown, Wylie-Merrick Literary Agency, Kokomo, IN

1st Place: Gary Ponzo, A Touch of Deceit, Chandler, AZ

2nd Place: David DeLee, Fatal Destiny, Amherst, NH

3rd Place: Brinn Colenda, The Cochabamba Conspiracy, Angel Fire, NM

3. Romance Novel (9 Entries)

Judge: Ms. Sharene Martin-Brown, Wylie-Merrick Literary Agency, Kokomo, IN

1st Place: Kathleen Cherry, To Love A Viscount, Kitimat, BC, Canada

2nd Place: Leon Linfield, Escape From Empire, Redlands, CA

3rd Place: Lois Cutts Sullivan, Catch a Falling Star, Los Lunas, NM

4. Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Novel (19 Entries)

Judge: Ms. Brandi Bowles, Agent, Howard Morhaim Literary Agency, Inc

1st Place: Laurie Green, P2PC, Edgewood, NM

2nd Place: Kari Haworth, The Lesser Species, Atascadero, CA

3rd Place: Kevin Wolf, Broke Heart, Littleton, CO

5. Historical/American Frontier/Western Novel (19 Entries)

Judge: Mike Harris, La Frontera Publishing, Cheyenne, WY

1st Place: J.H. Mader, A River’s Tales, Noblesville, IN

2nd Place: Marriah K. Nissen, The Journey of Hope, Albuquerque, NM

3rd Place: Ethel Forman, A Coin Has Two Faces, Lubbock, TX

6. Middle Grade/Young Adult Novel(45 Entries)

Judge: Ms. Rachel Abrams, HarperCollins Publishers

1st Place: Lisa Y. Potocar, Sweet Glory, Ballston Lake, NY

2nd Place: Jacquelyn Bickel, Tracking Ghosts, Albuquerque, NM

3rd Place: Jim Van Waggoner, Veils, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

7. Memoir Book (21 Entries)

Judge: Patricia Moosbrugger, Patricia Moosbrugger Agency

1st Place: Sandra K. Toro, The Guilded Cage, A Memoir, Albuquerque, NM

2nd Place: Stacy S. Jensen, In a Blink, Del Rio, Texas

3rd Place: Phyllis Gillis, Stray Bullets, Napa, CA

8. Memoir Article (37 Entries)

Judge: Tim McKee, Managing Editor, The Sun Magazine, Chapel Hill, NC

1st Place: Shanti Elke Bannwart, The Stillness At the End of Wanting, Santa Fe, NM

2nd Place: Renee G. Rivers, Falling Through the Crumbling Sky, Phoenix, Arizona

3rd Place: Renee G. Rivers, The Other Side of Courage, Phoenix, Arizona

9. Mainstream or Literary Short Story (54 Entries)

Judge: Mr. Phong Nguyen, Editor, Pleaides, Warrensburg, MO

1st Place: Robert Schladale, Turtles in Paradise, Sacramento, CA

2nd Place: Jessica Larsen, Fly Tying for Beginners, Los Lunas, NM

3rd Place: Julie L. Moran, Lunch with Debbie, Encinitas, CA

10. Middle Grade or Young Adult Short Story (5 Entries)

Judge: Jodi Keller, Senior Editor, Random House, New York, New York

1st Place: Holly Deuel Gilster, Lost, Albuquerque, NM

2nd Place: Rose Kern, Angel Hawk and the Ancient Anasazi, Ashburn, VA

3rd Place: Judith C. Ducharme, Candles for Ellie, Albuquerque, NM

11. Nonfiction Article or Essay (17 Entries)

Judge: Ashley Biggars, Associate Editor, New Mexico Magazine, Santa Fe NM

1st Place: Susan J. Alexis, Confessions of a Transplant, Albuquerque, NM

2nd Place: Shanti Elke Bannwart, Reflecting on Dragons and Angels, Santa Fe, NM

3rd Place: Nancy LaTurner, Consorting with Mortality, Albuquerque, NM

12. Nonfiction Book (5 Entries)

Judge: Deborah Herman, The Jeff Herman Literary Agency

1st Place: Sherri Burr, Suspiciously Frugal: Minding Finances During The Great Recession, Albuquerque, NM

2nd Place: Martha Franks, A History of New Mexico Water Law, Santa Fe, NM

3rd Place: Lucy Moore, Stories of a Divided West: A Mediator’s View, Santa Fe, NM

13. Children’s Picture Book (Fiction or Nonfiction)(26 Entries)

Judge: Ms. Emily Lawrence, Associate Editor, Aladdin Books, Simon & Schuster, New York, NY

1st Place: Rebecca Colby, Trog and Ogel, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

2nd Place: Kate Palaces Narita, It’s Turkey Time, Princeton, MA

3rd Place:Wendy Bickel, Zipper the Cat, Albuquerque, NM

14. Screenplay (15 Entries)

Judge: Christina Hamlett, Script Consultant, Pasadena, CA

1st Place: Abel Horowitz and Michael Schwaum, Pirates and Dinosaurs, Santa Fe, NM

2nd Place: Yarrow Vincent-Wayman, Shift Tab Kill, Fort Collins, CO

3rd Place: Dilek Mir, Sir Frederick of Gildenstein, Albuquerque, NM

15. Poetry (50 Entries)

Judge: Ms. Ruth Moose, Poetry Editor, The Rambler Magazine, Chapel Hill, NC

1st Place: Donald DeNoon, Midnight on the Rio Grande—Sestina, Albuquerque, NM

2nd Place: Catherine Ferguson, Making the Bed, Galisteo, NM

3rd Place: Christine Baines, The Game, Oracle, AZ

16. Christian Novel (3 Entries)

Judge: Ms. Mary Sue Seymour, The Seymour Agency, Canton, NY

1st Place: Sonja Anderson, Sophie’s Quest, Burien, WA

2nd Place: Jill Domschot, Franklin’s Ladder, Socorro, NM

3rd Place: Norma J. Alvarez, Ester Bunny and Her Story of Jesus, Oro Valley, AZ

2008 Winners

Storyteller Award Winner

Tanya Ward Goodman, Mighty Fond of You, Too, Los Angeles, California


Mainstream or Literary Novel

1st Place: Mike Weidner, The Short Red Bus, Atlanta, Georgia

2nd Place: Cynthia Coulter and Catherine CoulterBears, Horses, and Men, Springview, Nebraska and Jemez Springs, New Mexico

3rd Place: Frank F. CardenNo Life But This, Las Cruces, New Mexico

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller/Adventure Novel

1st Place: Susan Kosar BeeryThe Rosary Maya, Pasadena, California

2nd Place: Lulynne StreeterThe Weeping Woman, Seabrook, Texas

3rd Place: Lizzie K. FoleyBreakfast with the Good Old Boys, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Romance Novel

1st Place: Robin PeriniTruth and Consequences, Albuquerque, New Mexico

2nd Place: Lois Cutts SullivanDiamonds in the Rough, Los Lunas, New Mexico

3rd Place: Jill Lynn AndersonWindsong, Whitaker, Pennsylvania

Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Novel

1st Place: Corie ConwellMirror of Stone, Albuquerque, New Mexico

2nd Place: Keith PyeattDark Knowledge, Albuquerque, New Mexico

3rd Place: Montgomery MahaffeyElla Bandita, Douglas, Alaska

Historical/American Frontier/Western Novel

1st Place: William R. DonaldsonTourmaline, Colorado Springs, Colorad

2nd Place: Dennis HerrickWinter of the Metal People: The Tiguex War, Rio Rancho, New Mexico

3rd Place: Cynthia MinesHeaven in a Wildflower, Wichita, Kansas

Middle Grade/Young Adult Novel

1st Place: Melodie StarkeyView From the Closet Doorway, Aurora, Illinois

2nd Place: Lupe Ruiz-FloresThe Pecan Sheller, San Antonio, Texas

3rd Place: Mike WeidnerThe Short Red Bus, Atlanta, Georgia

Christian Novel

1st Place: Melanie DickersonThe Beholder, Harvest, Alabama

2nd Place: Pattie BurnsHe That Keepeth Thee, Carlsbad, New Mexico

3rd Place: Melanie DickersonThe Woodcutter’s Daughter, Harvest, Alabama

Memoir Book

1st Place: Tanya Ward GoodmanMighty Fond of You, Too, Los Angeles, California

2nd Place: Amy FisherLiving the Wildlife, Santa Fe, New Mexico

3rd Place: Sharon van IvanJuggle and Hide, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Memoir Article

1st Place: Stephanie FarrowFriends, Albuquerque, New Mexico

2nd Place: Renee RiversFalling Through the Crumbling Sky, Phoenix, Arizona

3rd Place: Murray H. EdwardsJust Add Water, Clyde, Texas

Mainstream or Literary Short Story

1st Place: Jessica DeVoeStained, Capistrano Beach, California

2nd Place: Dennis HerrickThe Bullet That Saved Me, Rio Rancho, New Mexico

3rd Place: Charlene E. DietzWild Dogs of Pueblo Pintada, Torreon, New Mexico

Middle Grade or Young Adult Short Story

1st Place: Kathleen CherryBreaking the Code, Kitimat, British Columbia, Canada

2nd Place: Lauren KingMother, Nonetheless, Wichita, Kansas

3rd Place: Charlene E. DietzHenry J. Knows No Boundaries, Torreon, New Mexico

Nonfiction Article or Essay

1st Place: Carol JordanSideways in the Kitchen, Albuquerque, New Mexico

2nd Place: John PijawkaWhite Sands Backpacking and Natural History, Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico

3rd Place: Dianne R. LaydenCampus Violence: Lessons From the Cases, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Nonfiction Book

1st Place: Larry GreenlyBarley, The Ancient One: Amazing Grains for Modern Times, Albuquerque, New Mexico

1st Place: Gail RubinDispatchings: Funerals, Memorial Services and Special Send-Off, Albuquerque, New Mexico

2nd Place: Sue HouserThe Story of La Conquistadora, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Children’s Picture Book (Fiction or Nonfiction)

1st Place: Larry GreenlyThe Day Abraham Lincoln’s Boat got Stuck, Albuquerque, New Mexico

2nd Place: Marc CalderwoodFiona’s Favorite Pet, Albuquerque, New Mexico

3rd Place: Sue HouserThe Antique Carousel Goes Round and Round, Albuquerque, New Mexico


1st Place: Yarrow Vincent-WaymanIce Cream, Fort Collins, Colorado

2nd Place: Scott and Paula MerrowNothing is Real, Albuquerque, New Mexico

3rd Place: Jean HunterSerena’s Thunder, San Lorenzo, California


1st Place: Margaret A. GrossVast Life, Ramah, New Mexico

2nd Place: Marilyn StableinWhat Rises, Albuquerque, New Mexico

3rd Place: Merimee MoffittThree-Bucket Bath, Albuquerque, New Mexico

2007 Winners

Storyteller Award Winner

Blood Ruby Scott Micheel, Albuquerque, NM


Mainstream or Literary Novel

1st Place: A Standard Life, Jim Van Waggoner, Toronto, Ontario Canada

2nd Place: Mile High, J. Alicia Shank, Boulder, CO

3rd Place: The Dry Line, Ramona Gault, Seattle, WA

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller/Adventure Novel

1st Place: The Winslow Incident, S. E. Voss, Portland, OR

2nd Place: Carpet Ride, Norman D. Brown, Leander, TX

3rd Place: Shadow Falls, Gloria O’Shields, Farmington, NM

Romance Novel

1st Place: A Virgin for Valentine’s, Cathleen Smith, Albuquerque, NM

2nd Place: Out and About, Pauline Montauge, Napa, CA

3rd Place: Stealing Medicine, Tara J. Myers, Houston, TX

Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Novel

1st Place: Blood Ruby, Scott Micheel, Albuquerque, NM

2nd Place: They Called Me Dragon, Gail Gibbs, Tyrone, NM

3rd Place: Guardian of the Mountain: Righteous Anger, David J. Corwell, Albuquerque, NM

Historical/American Frontier/Western Novel

1st Place: The Mikvah, Elisabeth E. Williams, Albuquerque, NM

2nd Place: The African Groundnut Scheme, Laurin A. Keto, Silver Spring, MD

3rd Place: Jornada: A Southwestern Girlhood, Teresa Janssen, Port Townsend, WA

Middle Grade/Young Adult Novel

1st Place: The Angels and Mackenzie’s Weird Brain, Robert Spiegel, Albuquerque, NM

2nd Place: Leaving Utopia, Jennifer Ruden, Albuquerque, NM

3rd Place: The Molly Chronicles, Anonymous by author’s request. Albuquerque, NM

Inspirational or Spiritual Novel

1st Place: Where Love Once Lived, Sidney W. Frost, Georgetown, TX

2nd Place: The Women of Westerville, Rosslyn Elliott, Albuquerque, NM

3rd Place: Believing is Seeing, Michelle J. Holtby, Albuquerque, NM

Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror Short Story

1st Place: Dead Man Breathing, David J. Corwell, Albuquerque, NM

2nd Place: Fair Trade, Kathryn Wagoner, Albuquerque, NM

3rd Place: Anna-Dora DeVries, Heres, Valeria Mihalache, Santa Clara, CA

Mainstream or Literary Short Story

1st Place: They Fall Like Stones, Jason Gibeau, Tijeras, NM

2nd Place: A Simple Thing, Rather Elegant, R.E.E. Evans, Santa Fe, NM

3rd Place: Replay, Peter Fisk, Placitas, NM

Mystery or Romance Short Story

1st Place: A Puzzle in Pie Town, Scott Merrow, Albuquerque, NM

2nd Place: Almond Sunset, David Rosenfeld, Ridgewood, NJ

3rd Place: Who Killed the Karaoke Cowboy? Judy Castleberry, Farmington, NM

Historical, Western, etc., Short Story

1st Place: Intuitive, Katie Faguy, Albuquerque, NM

2nd Place: The Ancestor, Dennis Herrick, Rio Rancho, NM

3rd Place: Lynch Mob, Ray Collins, Rio Rancho, NM

Middle Grade or Young Adult Short Story

1st Place: Captive Audience, Sheryl L. Allen and Deborah Snyder, Albuquerque, NM

2nd Place: Ghost Tours, Sheryl L. Allen and Deborah Snyder, Albuquerque, NM

3rd Place: Vision Quest, Nancy LaTurner, Albuquerque, NM

Nonfiction Article or Essay

1st Place: A New View of Nuclear Proliferation, Charles Garner, Albuquerque, NM

2nd Place: Flow: The Other Side of the Writer’s Struggle, Monique Parker, Questa, NM

3rd Place: Concepts of War, and Why They Really Matter, Hugh Horan, Rio Rancho, NM

Children’s Nonfiction Article

1st Place: Brave Bessie: American Aviatrix, Wendy Bickel, Albuquerque, NM

2nd Place: Georgia’s Giant Flowers, Sheila Wood Ford, Van Buren, MO

3rd Place: Beetles Have a Ball, Sheryl L. Allen and Deborah Snyder, Albuquerque, NM

Nonfiction Book

1st Place: Wrestling Navajo Angels, Cindy Foster, Albuquerque, NM

2nd Place: Enlightenment Junkie, Linda Mertz, Albuquerque, NM

3rd Place: The Demon Had a Name: A Lifelong Battle with Bipolarity, Michael Joe DuPont, Albuquerque, NM

Middle Grade or Young Adult Mystery or Suspense Book

1st Place: Knights of the Old Code, Veronica Rossi, Danville, CA

2nd Place: Lair of the Minotaur, Christina Farley, Toccoa, GA

3rd Place: Planting Clues, Liza Wheeler, Albuquerque, NM

Children’s Picture Book (Fiction or Nonfiction)

1st Place: Mom Isn’t Fancy, Jean Reagan, Salt Lake City, UT

2nd Place: The Forget-Me-Not Keeper, Susanna L. Hill, Poughkeepsie, NY

3rd Place: Chef Franz, Sue Houser, Albuquerque, NM


1st Place: Faithful, Eric Schneider, Santa Fe, NM

2nd Place: The Third Spell, Scott and Paula Merrow, Albuquerque, NM

3rd Place: Half of an Orange, Catherine Fridey, Albuquerque, NM


1st Place: Schizophrenia as Hades: A Sonnet Sequence, Luise Putcamp, Jr., Albuquerque, NM

2nd Place: Wolves, Karin Bradberry, Albuquerque, NM

3rd Place: El Vato and the Bees, Kate Padilla, Socorro, NM

Spanish Language Nonfiction Article or Essay

1st Place: La Voz Que Acaricia y Las Naranjas Que Atacan, Margarita B. Montalvo, Albuquerque, NM

No second- or third-place entries.

2006 Winners

Storyteller Award Winner

David Halperin, The October Man: A Novel


(1) Mainstream Novels and Literary Novels

1st Place: The October Man: A Novel, David Halperin, Durham, NC

2nd place: Dominant Male, Timothy Burns, Taos, NM

3rd place: Midnight Blues, Lois Cutts Sullivan, Los Lunas, NM

(2) Mystery/Suspense/Thriller/Adventure Novels

1st Place: Rummage For Death, Kristin Parrott, Albuquerque, NM

2nd Place: Peace, Love & Murder, Nancy Conner, Ithaca, NY

3rd Place: Eyes Of The Night Jaguar, Suzanna Neal, San Diego, CA

(3) Romance Novels

1st Place: A Hunk For The Holidays, Cathleen Smith, Albuquerque, NM

2nd Place: The Stone Key, Gabriella Anderson, Albuquerque, NM

3rd Place: Dark Legacy, Barb Simmons , Bosque Farms, NM

(4) Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Novels

1st Place: Into The Crow Wood, Marian Frear, Albuquerque, NM

2nd Place: Demon Lover, Armando de Aguero, Albuquerque, NM

3rd Place: What Is Is, James Manton, Mesquite, TX

(5) Historical/Am. Frontier/Western Novels

1st Place: Flaherty’s Run , William Henry Hoffman, Fort Myers, FL

2nd Place: Under A Crimson Sky, Jackie Clements-Marenda, Staten Island, NY

3rd Place: Blood Oath , Timothy Burns, Taos, NM

(6) Middle Grade/Young Adult Novels

1st Place: Ringing Bird , Keith E. Moen, Albuquerque, NM

2nd Place: The Thing About Pomegranates, Iliana Pappas, New York, NY

3rd Place: Pain And Power, Kari Haworth, San Jose, CA

(7) Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Short Stories

1st Place: “Path To F’dar”, Darren Moore, Phoenix, AZ

2nd Place: “Oberon’s Bane”, Wendy Bickel, Albuquerque, NM

3rd Place: “The Wind Still Whispers Their Names”, Sean Abbott, Albuquerque, NM

(8) Mainstream and Literary Short Stories

1st Place: “Cinema Verite”, John Blanchard, Oakland, CA

2nd Place: “Interstate”, Rory McClannahan, Edgewood, NM

3rd Place: “Duck Pond”, Marilyn Stablein, Albuquerque, NM

(9) Mystery/Romance Short Stories

1st Place: “Dead Man Breathing”, David Corwell, Albuquerque, NM

2nd Place: “A Soft Place To Fall”, Susan Coppola, Miami, FL

3rd Place: “The Bounty Hunters”, James Kuykendall, Laredo, TX

(10) Other Genres: Historical, Western, etc. Short Stories

1st Place: “Chupacabra”, Ana Manwaring, Penngrove, CA

2nd Place: “Albuquerque Sky”, Carolyn Donnell, San Jose, CA

3rd Place: “Double Jack: A Miner’s Mark”, Val Valentine, Pagosah, CO

(11) Middle Grade Young Adult Short Stories

1st Place: “The Poor House”, George Youngblood, Spring, TX

2nd Place: “Captive Audience”, Sheryl Allen & Deborah Snyder, Albuquerque, NM

3rd Place: “A Mustang For Blanca”, Paula C. Merrow, Albuquerque, NM

(12) Nonfiction Article/Essay

1st Place: “A Discharge By Any Other Name”, Peggy Spencer, Albuquerque, NM

2nd Place: “In The Medina”, Gregory McElwain, Albuquerque, NM

3rd Place: “Discover The Sandia Foothills”, Robert Huffman, Albuquerque, NM

(13) Children’s Nonfiction Article

1st Place: “Fred Harvey, The Father of Fast Food”, Sheila Wood Foard, Van Buren, MO

2nd Place: “Why Abraham Lincoln Became An Inventor”, Larry Greenly, Albuquerque, NM

(14) Nonfiction Book

1st Place: Rosebuddies, Louella Bryant, Lincoln, VT

2nd Place: Living With Nephew, Sherri L. Burr, Albuquerque, NM

3rd Place: No Heroic Measures- The Life and Times of a Hospice Nurse, Nancy Costea, Albuquerque, NM

(15) Nonfiction Children’s Book

1st Place: Divided Loyalties: The Story Of Sarah Townsend, Wendy Bickel, Albuquerque, NM

2nd Place: Spirit Horse: Woody Crumbo, Native American Artist, Margaret Parks, Tijeras, NM

16) Children’s Picture Book (Fiction & Nonfiction)

1st Place: Brat The Pirate, Leslie Prichard, Albuquerque, NM

2nd Place: Five Stones, David S. Hagan, Albuquerque, NM

3rd Place: Until Red Dust Circles The Moon, Patricia Hernandez-Gonzales, Albuquerque, NM

(17) Screenplay

1st Place: My Late Wife, Marc Calderwood, Albuquerque, NM

2nd Place: Orgasms And Other Lies, Elizabeth Appell, Kentfield, CA

3rd Place: Dancing Like Myself, Tracy Koretsky, Berkeley, CA

(18) Poetry

1st Place: “My Son Strapped To My Back”, Marilyn Stablein, Albuquerque, NM

2nd Place: “Recollected In Tranquility”, Heather O’Shea, Albuquerque, NM

3rd Place: “Dime Box Time”, Jamie Erin Henry, Albuquerque, NM

(19) Spanish Language/ Nonfiction Article/Essay

1st Place: “No Lo Suficiente”, Ricardo Gonzalez, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

2nd Place: “Funeral En McDonald’s”, Margarita B. Montalvo, Albuquerque, NM

3rd Place: “Guernica”, Lucretia Tippit, Albuquerque, NM

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