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 will continue to be listed under the Contest tab on this site.


Joanne Bodin 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.

Bradberry, Karin: 2nd place in the National Federation of State Poetry Society’s contest for her poem “The Undoing” and honorable mention for “Chollales.”(August 2009). 1st place for poetry in the 2009 Prescott Professional Writers contest for “When Nobody Wore Clothes.” (December 2009). 1st place in the 5th Annual Writer’s Digest Poetry Contest (June 2010) for her villanelle, “Javelina.”

Brennan, Janet K.: Reviewer’s Choice, Small Press Bookwatch, March 2010, and Amazon Reviewer’s Choice 2010, Pushcart nominated her book of poetry, Gentle Tugs; a celebration of life, love and other addictions.

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.

Carden, Frank: 1st place for No Life But This, in the national novel contest conducted by The Bay Area Writers League of Houston (September 2009). Finalist for the Eric Hoffer award for the best book of 2009 with The Prostitutes of Post Office Street, which was also a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Montaigne Medal awarded for the most thought-provoking book.

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.

Davis, Jerry: Finalist, 2009 New Mexico Book Award for Master of None in the crafts/hobby/how-to category.

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.”

DuBois, Barbara: First prize in the 18th Annual Artists Embassy International’s Dancing Poetry Contest with “Vivaldi.” Two honorable mentions from Writer’s Digest for the poems “Bags” and “Dr. Hermes” (December 2009). Honorable mention in humor in the NM State Poetry Society contest and 1st place in humor in the Poetry Society of Michigan contest (November 2010). 2nd place in the Chimera Division of the Utah State Poetry Society contest with “Centimentality” (May 2010). Honorable mention in humor in the NM State Poetry Society contest and 1st place in humor in the Poetry Society of Michigan contest (November 2010).

Galligan, Elizabeth Ann: 2nd place for her poem “Eating Alone” and an Honorable Mention for another entry “Body Poetic” in the High Prairie Poets, New Mexico State Poetry Society Bi-Monthly Contest (May 2009). 1st place in the 2009 NM State Poetry Society Contest, free verse division, for her poem “What Keeps Me: Japan, 1981,” and honorable mention for “A Poem Without Love” (October 2009).

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.

Hester, Constance: Honorable Mention in the Wildflower Press “To a Wild Rose” poetry contest (September 2010).

Kern, Rose Marie: 2nd place in the New Mexico Press Women’s 2010 Communication Contest in the nonfiction book category in the 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.

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

Marano, Nancy: New Mexico Press Women (NMPW) 2011 Communications Contest first place for editing PETroglyphs. Honorable mention in the 78th annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition in the magazine feature article category for a piece called “Therapy Cats.” 2nd place in the NMPW 2010 Communication Contest in the columns category with “Cat Chat” and 3rd place for editing the publication PETroglyphs.

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

Miller, Jonathan: Finalist, 2009 New Mexico Book Award in the novel adventure or drama category for La Bajada Lawyer. Finalist, 2010 New Mexico Book Awards in the novel adventure or drama category and in the novel mystery/suspense for Conflict Contract.

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

Putcamp, Luise Putcamp Jr.: 2nd place in the Rhyming Poem category of the 79th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition with “Pompeii Exhibit,” 34th with “Schizophrenia as Hades,” and 50th with “Amber.”

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.

Rabasa, Marilea: For A Mother’s Story: Angie Doesn’t Live Here Anymore: Finalist, USA Best Book Awards, Women’s Issues category (November 2014). Honorable Mention, Non-Fiction category, Great Southwest Book Festival (February 2015). Winner, Health: Addiction and Recovery category, International Book Awards (May 2015). Finalist, Nonfiction Category, New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards (2015).

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.

Schwartz, Elaine: 2nd and 3rd place in the 2009 NM State Poetry Society Contest in the free verse division for “Mother’s Hands” and “Deluge.”

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, 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. Silver Medals by the Military Writers Society of America, 2014, 2015, 2017; Bronze Medal, 2013. 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. 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.

Wagoner, Kathy: (Writing as Cate Macabe) Finalist, 2012 New Mexico Book Awards in the biography category for This New Mountain.

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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