Award-winning SWW Members

Fiery Orange Medal Icon3SouthWest Writer members earn writing honors with skills enhanced by SWW presentations and events. If you are a SouthWest Writers member and would like to be listed on this page, please submit your award information to the webmaster with the honor and date awarded.

Please, no book releases and publication notifications for this page. Winners in the contests sponsored by SouthWest Writers are also listed under 2019 Contest Winners, Previous Annual Winners, and Previous Bimonthly Winners.

Bodin, Joanne Ph.D.: Book of poetry, Piggybacked, was a finalist in the New Mexico Book Awards. Her novel, Walking Fish, won the New Mexico Book Award and the International Book Award in gay/lesbian fiction. Past vice president of the New Mexico State Poetry Society, and on the boards of Southwest Writers and the New Mexico Orchid Guild. Her latest novel, Orchid of the Night has won numerous state and national writing contests.

Burr, Sherri: 1st place, New Mexico Press Women (NMPW) 2009 Communications Contest, in the non-fiction instructional book category for Sum & Substance on Entertainment Law, 1st place for her SouthWest Sage column in 2008 and 2nd place in the speeches category for “Live Your Life in Search of Material” given to SouthWest Writers in October 2008. 1st place in NMPW’s 2010 Communication Contest, editorial opinion category for “Keep Film Rebate Caps on Shelf,” 1st place for her column in the SouthWest Sage “Minding Finances,” and 2nd place for her speech “Good Job + Right Path = Life Purpose” given at a UNM statistics conference.

Colenda, BrinnCochabamba Conspiracy won 3rd place in the 2009 SWW Annual Writing Competition in the suspense/adventure/thriller category and a silver medal from the Military Writers Society of America in the suspense/mystery category. Chita Quest won the 2014 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award gold medal for Fiction-Adventure, double silver medals in 2014 from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association in suspense/thriller and cover design categories, and a silver medal from the Military Writers Society of America in 2016.

DeNoon, Donald: 3rd place in the Southwest Theme division of the 2009 NM State Poetry Society Contest for “Midnight on the Rio Grande.” 1st place in the humor division with the same poem. 2010 New Mexico State Poetry Society Contest: 1st place in the humor category with “I Thought About You” and 3rd place in the southwest theme category with “High Noon in Dodge City.”

Gamlem, Cornelia: The Manager’s Answer Book is a 2020 winner of the Next Generation Indie Book Award in the Career Category.

Greaves, Chuck: Chuck won the 2010 SWW Storyteller Award, and has been a finalist for numerous national honors including the Shamus, Rocky, Audie, and Reviewers’ Choice Awards, as well as the New Mexico-Arizona, Colorado, and Oklahoma Book Awards.

Greenly, Larry: New Mexico Press Women (NMPW) 2011 Communications Contest third place in the feature story category for “The Real Price of Computers in Writing.” 1st place in NMPW Communications Contest, 2009, for editing the literary section of albuquerqueARTS magazine; 2nd in the National Federation of Press Women national contest for the same. His 2013 book, Eugene Bullard: World’s First Black Fighter Pilot, won a gold medal in the national 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, won Best Young Adult Book in the 2014 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards, was a finalist in the 2015 Crystal Kite Award, won a 2016 Silver Medal in the Military Writers Society of America, earned a starred review from the American Library Association (ALA), earned a recommendation from Voices of Youth Advocates, and is listed in the American Library Association’s Booklist as one of the top ten 2014 multicultural books for young adults.

Groves, Melody: Finalist, 2009 New Mexico Book Award for Border Ambush in the novel-historical fiction category.

Hall, Loretta: Her 2011 nonfiction book Out of this World: New Mexico’s Contributions to Space Travel won the following awards: “Best New Mexico Book” and 1st place in the Nonfiction History Book in the 2011 New Mexico Book Awards, “Notable Book” by the Tucson/Pima County (Arizona) Library in 2011, 2nd place in the Nonfiction Book, History category and 1st place in the Nonfiction Book, General category in the 2012 New Mexico Press Women Communications Awards.

Hauth, Katherine B.: 4th place in Albuquerque’s Poetry on the Bus contest for 2009 with her poem “Musical Light.” What’s for Dinner? Quirky, Squirmy Poems from the Animal World was chosen by the Junior Library Guild as a premier selection title for 2011.

Harrington, Corran: Best New Voice: Fiction, IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards 2017 for Follow the River Home, New Mexico-Arizona 
Book Awards finalist 2016 (Fiction, First Book NM, Cover) for Follow the River Home, Bosque Fiction Contest finalist 2014, Santa Fe Writers Project fiction finalist 2013, Hidden River Arts international writing competition finalist 2013, Pushcart Prize nominee 2006, New Millennium Writings Award semifinalist 2001

Herrington, Peggy: 3rd place, New Mexico Press Women Communications Contest, 2009, for her editorship of the SouthWest Sage in 2008.

Kern, Rose Marie: 2nd place in the New Mexico Press Women’s 2010 Communication Contest, nonfiction book category, instructional sub-category for FundraisingEvents: A Step by Step Guide. 3rd place in the NMPW 2017 contest nonfiction book category for Air to Ground. Finalist in the 2017 NM Book Awards for Air to Ground. An honorable mention in the 2009 National DIY Book Festival for The Solar Chef. 3rd place in the NMPW 2017 contest for editorship of the SouthWest Sage and the SWW Website. Her memoir, Stress is Relative is a finalist in the 2018 NM Book Awards.

Koltuska-Haskin, Barbara: How My Brain Works: A Guide to Understanding It Better and Keeping It Healthy is a finalist in the 2021 International Book Awards in the category of Health: Psychology and Mental Health.

Layden, Dianne: 3rd place in the 2011 Santa Fe Reporter non-fiction writing contest with her essay on campus violence.

McKee, Neill: For his travel memoir Finding Myself in Borneo: Sojourns in Sabah — Winner in the 2019 New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards, Biography–Other; Honorable Mention in the 2019 Reader’s Favorite International Book Award Contest; and a Bronze Medal in the 2020 Independent Publisher Book Awards (Ippy Awards) in the nonfiction regional category for the Pacific Rim, including Australia and New Zealand.

McKinnon, Karen: 1st place for her poem “Introducing (about a crocus)” in the Wildflower Press “To a Wild Rose” poetry contest (September 2010).

Norton, Hana Samek: Winner, 2010 New Mexico Book Awards, in the novel historical fiction category for The Sixth Surrender.

Pyeatt, Keith: 2009 New Mexico Book Award for Struck in the novel mystery/suspense category. Finalist in two other categories: gay/lesbian and first book published by author.

Radford, Benjamin: As of late 2019 Ben Radford has been a finalist or winner of six book awards. His book Scientific Paranormal Investigation: How to Solve Unexplained Mysteries was a finalist for the 2012 New Mexico/Arizona Book Award; his book Tracking the Chupacabra: The Vampire Beast in Fact, Fiction, and Folklore was a finalist for the 2012 New Mexico Book Award and the Foreword Reviews Book of the Year award. His book Bad Clowns won the Bronze at the Independent Publisher Book Awards, and his latest book, Investigating Ghosts: The Scientific Search for Spirits, won the New Mexico/Arizona Book Award in the Science category.

Ramakka, Vicky: Her first novel, The Cactus Plot-Murder in the High Desert, won the New Mexico-Arizona Award for best cozy mystery, second place in NM Press Women 2020 Communications Contest for adult fiction, and was a finalist in the Colorado Independent Publishers Association Mystery/Crime/Detective category. Her short story “Unintended Consequences – Terrorist Turkeys” was first in the humor category in the 2019 SouthWest Writers Annual Writing Contest.

Redmond, Shirley Raye: Finalist for the Golden Quill Awards sponsored by the Phoenix Desert Rose chapter of Romance Writers of America for Rosemary’s Glove (July 2010). 2009 New Mexico Book Award for Rosemary’s Glove in the novel romance category. Finalist: 2009 New Mexico Book Award for Blind Tom: The Horse Who Helped Build the Great Railroad in the children’s picture book category.

Rose, Elizabeth: 2nd place, 2009 New Mexican Winter Tale competition for “Anna.”

Rubin, Gail: New Mexico Press Women 2011 Communications Contest third place for her nonfiction book A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die.

Shannon, Jeanne: Finalist in the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards in 2012 for her poetry book In a Rose Wood Wandering and in 2013 for her poetry chapbook At the Horizon Line.

Tessler, Margaret: Finalist, 2010 New Mexico Book Awards, in the novel mystery/suspense category for Deadly Triangles.

Tritten, Jasmine: 2021 New Mexico Press Women Communications Contest On the Nile With a Dancing Dane, 1st Place in the category of Book Designed by Entrant and 3rd Place in Adult Nonfiction Memoir. 2021 National Federation of Press Women Professional Communications Contest Honorable Mention for On the Nile With a Dancing Dane in the category of Book Designed by Entrant. New Mexico-Arizona Book Award 2019 Winner for Kato’s Grand Adventure in the category of Young Reader’s Book and also a finalist in the category of Cover Design-eBooks. Kato won a Silver medal from MWSA in their 2019 book contest in the category of Children’s Chapter Book. New Mexico Press Women 2019 Communications Contest, 1st Place for Book Design for Kato’s Grand Adventure and the story won a 2nd Place for Children’s Books, Fiction. The National Federation of Press Women recognized Kato’s book design with an Honorable Mention. New Mexico Press Women 2016 Communications Contest, Honorable Mention for The Journey of an Adventuresome Dane for Nonfiction books for adult readers. SWW writing competition 1st place and an Honorable Mention for two short stories.

Tritten, Jim: Navy League of the United States: Alfred Thayer Mahan Award for Literary Achievement: 1986. National Veterans Creative Arts Festival, Gold Medal for 1st Place, 2016, 2018; Silver Medals for 2nd Place, 2012, 2013, 2014; Bronze Medal for 3rd Place 2013. George Washington Honor Medal for excellence in Public Communications by the Freedoms Foundation Valley Forge, 1991. Naval Submarine League Literary Honorarium 1st Place, 1989. 1st Honorable Mention in the US Naval Institute’s Arleigh Burke Essay Contest with Silver Medal 1986; 2nd Honorable Mention and Bronze Medal 1991. Gold Medal from the Military Writers Society of America 2021, Silver Medals 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021; Silver Medals by the Military Writers Society of America, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019; Bronze Medal, 2013. Winner in 2019 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards Young Reader’s Book. Gold Medal for First Place, 2019 Annual Writing Contest, SouthWest Writers. New Mexico Press Women New Mexico Communication Contest: 2015 contest 2nd Place; 2016 contest 1st Place, 2nd Place and three Honorable Mentions; 2017 contest 1st Place, four 2nd places, and an Honorable Mention; 2018 contest 2nd Place, 3rd Place, and an Honorable Mention; 2019 contest one 1st Place, two 2nd Places, and two Honorable Mentions; 2021 contest, three 1st places and one Honorable Mention. 2nd Place in the 2021 National Federation of Press Women Professional Communications Contest. Silver Medal in the 2020 Global Ebook Awards, collection of short stories/essays category. Freedoms Foundations at Valley Forge Honor Certificate for Excellence in Published works, 1984, 1986. Military Operations Research Society: Best Paper presented at Soft Factors in Military Modeling and Analysis Working Group, 1996. Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, State Department of Kansas Award: 2nd Place 2012 and Award 2018; 2nd Place Disabled American Veterans, Ernestine Schumann-Heink Chapter 2 Military Service Award, 2013. Editor’s Choice in 2021 anthology.

Wagoner, Kathy: 2002 Writers Digest Writing Competition, Honorable Mention for “Dressing the Dead” in the Memoir/Personal Essay category; 2007 SWW International Writing Competition, 2nd Place for “Fair Trade” in the Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror category; 2012 New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards, Finalist for This New Mountain (writing as Cate Macabe) in the Biography/Memoir category; 2013 SWW International Writing Competition, 2nd Place for “Wishling” in the Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror category and 3rd Place for “Dressing the Dead” in the Essay category; 2014 SWW International Writing Competition, 2nd Place for “MoatKeeper” in the Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror category; 2019 SWW Prose & Poetry Contest, 3rd Place for “Dreamkeeper” in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category.

Walkow, Patricia: For The War Within, the Story of Josef: 1st place in Biography, 2017 New Mexico Press Women Communications Contest; 1st place in Historical Biography, 2017 National Indie Press Awards; Recommended read, Military Writers Society of the United States.

Wood, Patricia Smith: The Easter Egg Murder was a finalist in the 2013 & 2015 NM/AZ Book Awards. Murder on Frequency won the 2017 NM/AZ Book Award for Best Cozy Mystery.

Yen, Linda: Third Place in poetry for “Shadows” in the 32nd SWW International Annual Contest, August, 2014; first place for the poem “Song” and third place for the poem “Elemental” in  the SWW 2015 International Bi-Monthly Contest (November, 2015). Honorable Mention for the poem “Butteryfly Cinquain” in the SWW 2015 International Bi-Monthly Contest (May, 2015).

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