Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Writing Contest for New Mexico Writers

LAS CRUCES - An outstanding New Mexican writer will be honored for her work in non-fiction next spring when her book receives the prestigious Zia Award. Given each year by the New Mexico Press Women at their annual spring conference, women
writers living in the state are invited to submit their books for consideration for the award. The 2009 Zia Award will be given to the author of a non-fiction book published in 2006, 2007 or 2008. Some suggested non-fiction categories include general, essay, biography, autobiography, history, cookbook, humor, instructional, religious or inspirational, or photography. Each year the award rotates to one of three categories: non-fiction, fiction and children's literature. To accommodate this schedule, a book published in the last three years is eligible. Submissions can be made by the author or by someone else on behalf of the author, such as a publisher. Membership in the association is not required, but the writer must be a woman. Authors must also live in the state or have a strong connection to New Mexico; however the book can be published anywhere. A $10 submission fee is required and helps to defray the costs of the award. Entries must be postmarked by Jan. 10, 2009. The 2008 Zia Award went to Anne Weaver for her children's book titled The Voyage of the Beetle. The 2010 Zia Award will be designated for fiction. The Zia Award was started by members in 1953 to honor an outstanding woman in New Mexico media. The New Mexico Press Women is the state chapter affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women and exists to provide professional development, networking and First Amendment right protection to professional journalists and communicators. For More information on the association please visit the website at:

Book entries are considered a donation to the organization and are not returned. The books will be part of the silent auction held at the annual spring awards banquet to raise scholarship funds. To submit a book entry to the Zia Award contest please send a cover letter containing contact information and a paragraph stating the author's connection to New Mexico, along with the book and a check for $10 payable to New Mexico Press Women to the following address postmarked by Jan. 10, 2009:

Jessica Savage
Zia Award Contest Chair
1612 Ralph Drive
Las Cruces New M exco 88001

Connie Gotsch
Author Snap Me a Future and A Mouth Full of Shell
Coming in August 2009, Belle's Star Artemesia Press

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