The New Mexico Press Women 2015 Communications Contest is now open!

New Mexico Press Women invites entries for the 2015 Communications Contest, recognizing excellence in print or electronic media, books, photography, advertising, public relations, graphic arts, blogs/websites, and academic journalism throughout New Mexico. You don’t have to be a member of NMPW to participate in this open competition, and both men and women are encouraged to enter and join.

The contest deadline is Feb. 9, 2015 at 11:59 pm for all media entered electronically, and Feb. 2, 2015 for books. To be eligible, the work must have been distributed, published or broadcast between Jan. 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014. Note that books categories include a variety of fiction and non-fiction adult and children’s books as well as poetry published or first distributed in 2014.

The awards will be announced at the NMPW Communications Conference

Awards Banquet at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico on Saturday evening, April 25th, 2015.Entries are judged by nationally recognized professional judges and receive peer feedback. All award places, including honorable mentions, receive a certificate.

Visit for further details on entering the electronic portal. Entry fees are reduced to $10 for the first entry and $5 for each succeeding entry, for members; $15 for the first entry and $10 for each succeeding entry, for nonmembers.

Organizations – including media, companies and institutions – can take advantage of one member rate for all their entries.

Join New Mexico Press Women for $13 at the state level to enjoy benefits and join local chapters holding monthly professional meetings in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Las Cruces. Winners receive state-wide media attention. First place winners who are members of NMPW and the National Federation of Press Women will go on to compete nationally. Combined New Mexico and National membership is $90.

NMPW, the state’s largest inclusive media organization since 1949, is an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women. Membership is open to men and women. NMPW holds an annual communications contest, provides scholarships for high school students, and the Zia Book Award, and has local chapter activities in Albuquerque, Northern New Mexico, and Las Cruces.

Questions? Contact Contest Chair Diane Schmidt  505-890-8363


The 2015 Contest is now open!

Go to to review rules and categories, and start submitting your entries!

Work published in 2014 is eligible.

Deadline for online entries Feb. 9, books Feb. 2.

CLICK HERE further details and membership

Do we have a category for you! Choose from 64 categories from general reporting to specialty communications, it’s your chance to be recognized. Competition is open. You don’t have to be a member. Men are encouraged to enter and join. Nationally recognized professional judges and feedback. AWARDS BANQUET AT GHOST RANCH CONFERENCE April 25th, 2015. And, 1st place winners are eligible to enter the National Federation of Press Women contest.

The New Mexico Press Women Communication Contest is open to member and non-member journalists, columnists, photographers, fiction and non-fiction book authors and poets, public relations campaigns, advertising, broadcast, speeches, bloggers, designers, websites, students work, and many other types of communicators.

  • Reduced entry fees: NMPW Member Discount: $10 for the first submission, $5 for each additional entry ($15/$10 for non-members) Group membership entry fees available for pressrooms and publishers.
  • Critical Peer Review: Entries receive written feedback from a professional judge working in his or her respective field
  • Ease: Online contest portal allows for a simple, paperless entry
  • Public Relations: Winner’s names are promoted via traditional and electronic press release, Association newsletter and a full suite of social media platforms

Benefits of Membership:

  • New Mexico Press Women/National Federation of Press Women
  • Retired Memberships / Student Memberships
  • Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Cruces chapter meetings and events
  • Job listings, network and mentoring opportunities, reduced contest entry fees, and venues for promoting/selling your work
  • Board positions and leadership opportunities
    If you have questions you can contact Contest Chair Diane Schmidt,, 505-890-8363.

Congratulations to 2014 NM-Arizona Book Award Winners

Congratulations to members of Albuquerque and New Mexico Press Women who have won their categories at the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards.

Business Book

Sherri Burr for “A Short & Happy Guide to Financial Well-Being.” West Academic

Health Book

Janet Yogoda Shagam for “An Unintended Journey.” Prometheus Books

Science Book

Loretta Hall for “Space Pioneers” Rio Grande Books

Fiction Book

Anne Hillerman for “Spider Woman’s Daughter” HarperCollins

Best Books

Loretta Hall – “Space Pioneers” Rio Grande Books

Anne Hillerman “Spider Woman’s Daughter” Harper Collins

We are very excited to have our members do so well in the competition. Read on!

Here’s the latest on the NMPW and NFPW Communications Contest from our new 2015 contest chair Diane Schmidt:

We are about to announce this year’s contest as soon as the electronic website is live, which we are expecting very soon. We have a contest deadline of Feb. 9, with an earlier Feb. 2 deadline for hard copy such as books. Entry fees remain lower: $10 for the first entry, $5 for each additional entry for members, and newsrooms can enter under one membership fee with a minimum ten entries.
            This year’s contest will be online, which should streamline the entry process for everybody – entrants and judges. Forms and categories haven’t changed. 
TO see categories, go to the national website link, for now you can look at the categories on the national website,  On the communications contest tab, scroll down to last year’s 2014.pdf link there for details on the guidelines and categories listed under 2014 Contest Guidelines, Divisions, Categories, and Forms.
            You will be making your entry on the electronic Omni site, but the site is not yet live. When it is, we will announce the link, and be sending out the general press release, followed by postcards, eblasts, and social media posts.
             For future reference: At the link, you will click on New Mexico and then click on register, which will call up a page where you enter your user name and password. The system will allow you to interrupt your entries and return to it later, provided you’ve SAVED. If you don’t save, you have to do it all over. The system will require you to enter the division and category and then save; after that you enter the rest of the information. If that category requires a one-page statement, you will upload that as well.
            If you have a question about the category as you’re preparing your online entry, you can click on a menu above and see the category description.
            You can upload pretty much any kind of file. But let’s say you have an entry with an elaborate layout that doesn’t convert well to an online entry, or you have a book and don’t have an e-version you can enter. You will still be allowed to send paper versions postmarked by the contest deadline.
You can view all your entries. You can make changes until you hit submit. Once you click submit, you’re done.
You will pay your fees to national and can use a credit card or pay offline.
            The system is fairly simple and flexible. NFPW is still working out a few bugs, and the FAQ page is still under construction.
            For those of you with more than one entry, it’ll help you to set up your own contest folder beforehand, and also get those stories published now for categories you want to enter!
            If you have questions, you can contact Diane or the NFPW contest chair Suzanne Hanney. Watch the NMPW website for updates. These instructions, and more, will be repeated:
Diane Schmidt
Contest Chair

505/890-8363 – Albuquerque area

2015 Zia Book Award

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 by New Mexico Press Women.

New Mexico women writers are invited to submit their non-fiction books for consideration of the award, given each year at the annual New Mexico Press Women spring conference luncheon. The 2015 conference luncheon will be held April 25, 2015 at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico. Finalists are required to attend the award luncheon to read from their work.

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. Any non-fiction book published in 2012, 2013 or 2014 will be accepted for consideration of the 2015 Zia Award.

Publishers or authors may submit a book entry. 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. The entry fee is $25 per book.

For consideration please submit:

  • A cover letter with contact information (include email) containing the following:
    • Author’s biography
    • Author’s connection to New Mexico
    • Description of the book
  • A copy of the book
  • A check for $25, payable to “New Mexico Press Women.”

Mail to the following address:
Jessica Savage
Zia Award Contest Chair
1612 Ralph Dr.
Las Cruces, NM 88001

Online entry fees can be paid using PayPal.

Entries must be postmarked by Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015.
An acknowledgement letter will be emailed upon receipt of the entry.

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.

For more information on the contest please send correspondence to the address listed above or email at: