Sage Challenge

We’re refreshing the SouthWest Sage newsletter, but the monthly Sage Writing Challenge will remain in place.

The May 2024 Writing Challenge is:

Short Story or Poem

Weave a regional form of landscape (Sandia Mountains, Mount Taylor, Rio Puerco, Sawtooth Mountains, etc.) into a short story or poem as its central setting. No more than 1,000 words.

It is assumed that the author gives permission for SouthWest Writers to publish any entry submitted to the Sage Challenge. Those submissions which are selected for publication will appear on the SouthWest Writers Sage Challenge webpage in June, and will be eligible for inclusion in an upcoming SWW anthology.

Read the following before submitting:

  • Payment is in bylines and clips.
  • Deadline is the 20th of the month prior to the next issue.
  • SAGE Challenges will vary from month to month, and differ as to subject and word count requirements.
  • Submissions may be edited for accuracy, readability and length. Submissions must be tasteful; free from profanity, explicit sex or violence, political commentary, etc.
  • Send all submissions as either standard text in an email or in a Word document in 12 pt. size. Single spaced. Do not get fancy with formatting or fonts. To ensure proper author credit, your name or pen name must appear within the document you submit. Submissions with no name will not be considered.
  • Polish your work. Submissions should be professional in appearance and quality of writing, fully edited and ready for publication.
  • By submitting your work to SWW it is assumed that the author has given SWW permission to publish it on this website and in future publications.
  • The publication of entries submitted is subject to the discretion of the SWW editorial staff.

Send submissions in .doc, .docx, or .txt file format with “Sage Challenge” in the subject line to

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