Entries to our 32nd International Writing Contest are now being judged and winners will be announced on August 1.
This year’s contest drew entries from 38 states plus the District of Columbia and Abu Dhabi, Canada, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Uganda.
The Mystery/Suspense/Thriller/Adventure category once again drew the most entries at 18% of the total followed by Mainstream/Literary Short Story at 14%, Poetry at 13% , Children’s Picture Book at 11% and Mainstream/Literary Novel at 10%.
The remaining one-third of the entries came in the Juvenile/Young Adult Novel, Creative Nonfiction/Memoir, Nonfiction Essay, Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Short Story, and Women’s Fiction categories.
More than 60% of the total entries came from outside New Mexico, and many from far beyond the Southwest.
Of the 432 entries, approximately one third requested a critique.