Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Word Harvest News Letter

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Anne Hillerman

Santa Fe had touch of winter last week. Ski Santa Fe is open and the twinkle lights shine from the trees on the Plaza. A great time to hunker down and get that writing project finished before the year ends.

Thanks again to everyone who made the 2011 Hillerman Writers Conference such a success. To see a snapshot of this year's conference, watch this video.

For 2012, we are considering adding a Bulletin Board section to our website and a sponsor section to our e-newsletters where editors and perhaps authors could buy an ad or listing to let our readers know about their services and/or books. Please let us know what you think of the idea and if you might be interested in participating.

Hillerman Prize and Hillerman Short Story Contests
Thanks to both partners, St. Martin's Press and New Mexico Magazine for agreeing to work with us again in 2012. The deadline for manuscripts for the Hillerman Prize is June 1.

The deadline for the short story contest is September 15. You'll find the guidelines for both contests here.

Please help us spread the word to other writers' groups, reading clubs, college writing classes and individuals who might be interested.

Hoffer Award seeks entries

The 2012 Eric Hoffer Award is open to academic, independent, small press, and self-published books that were released or copyrighted in the last two years. (Books more than two years old may enter the Legacy Fiction or Legacy Nonfiction categories.) Deadline is Jan. 21, 2012. Find general information here.

New Mexico Press Woman Awards open for entries

Women who live in New Mexico or have a strong connection to the state, and published non-fiction book over the past three years are invited to submit their books for consideration for the Zia Award. The contest is open to all subgenres of nonfiction, from memoir to textbook. Submissions can be made by the author or by someone else on her behalf, such as a publisher. The book may have been published anywhere. To be eligible to receive the award, selected winners must be available to read from their work at the award luncheon during the 2012 New Mexico Press Women conference May 4-6 in Santa Fe.

Entries must be postmarked no later than Friday, Jan. 13, 2012.

New Mexico Press Women also welcome books of many genres, by men and women, in the annual Communications Contest.

2012 Hillerman Writers Conference: Save the date
We are pleased to announce that the conference will be back at Hotel Santa Fe in Santa Fe, N.M. Save the dates: November 8-10, 2012. According to evaluations, there's demand to learn more about the mysterious and potentially lucrative world of e-books. That topic is on our radar, along with an opportunity for newly published authors to introduce themselves and their books, and a re-formatted edition of "Writing with the Stars."

Video from the conference including interviews with attendees and writing tips from our faculty, will soon be on our website and our Facebook page. Take a look. Thanks to Ashley M. Biggers for doing the interviews and creating these movies. Watch for our WORDHARVEST channel soon on You Tube.

We want to give a big thanks to Laureen Pepersack who runs the conference bookstore. Her calm demeanor and organizational skills are key to our success. We couldn't do it without her.

Also thanks to Felicia Lujan for such nice mentions of the conference on her blog. You can read all about it here.

Warm wishes for the holiday season,
Anne Hillerman and Jean Schaumberg

Connie Gotsch Host Write On Four Corners KSJE FM, Farmington NM Author two award winning youth novels ‘Belle’s Star,’ and ‘Belle’s trial,’ based on the life of a real dog and written from her point of view. Available from Artemesia Press at and, and Anazon,com Belle’s Star was a New Mexico BookAward in 2009 and 2010; First Place for Juvenile Fiction New Mezxico Press Women and National Federation of Press Women Communication Contests 2010’ Silver Mom’s Choice Award 2010.
Belle’s Trial’ won First Place for Juvenile Fiction in the 2011 New Mexico Press Press Women’s Commuication Contest, and a Silver Mom’s Choice Award for 2011. The book received an Eric Hoffer Award nomination for 2011.

Sept. 2011 Casa de Snap Dragon Publishers released a reprint of Gotsch’s novel for adult, Snap Me a Future as an ebook at

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