2021 Zia Book Award Submissions Welcomed

Women writers living in New Mexico are invited to submit books for consideration for the Zia Book Award, given each year by NMPW at the annual spring conference. Each year the award rotates to one of three categories: children’s literature, nonfiction, and fiction. To accommodate this schedule, a book published in the last three years is eligible. The 2021 award is open to nonfiction books published in 2018, 2019, or 2020.

Finalists will be invited to attend the award ceremony on Mar. 20, 2021, in Albuquerque (or online if necessary) and speak about their books. Finalists will receive either the Award or an Honorable Mention. To be eligible for the Award, the author must attend the ceremony.

The entry fee is as follows:

If sent by Dec. 31, 2020:
• $25 for NMPW members
• $30 for nonmembers

If sent after Dec. 31, 2020:
• $35 for NMPW members
• $50 for nonmembers

Entries must be postmarked no later than Jan. 11, 2021. An acknowledgement letter will be emailed upon receipt of the entry.

Submissions can be made by the author or by someone else on behalf of the author, such as a publisher. Membership in New Mexico Press Women is not required, but the writer must be a woman who lives in or has a strong connection to New Mexico. The book may be published anywhere.

To submit for consideration for the Zia Book Award, send two copies of the book along with a brief cover letter including complete contact information, the author’s biography (including her connection to New Mexico), and a description of the book to:

Patricia Conoway
Zia Book Award Chair
PO Box 54
Cerrillos NM 87010

The entry fee may be paid by including a check payable to NMPW with the submission or paid online. Optional dues may be also paid on the same page.

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 spring conference to raise scholarship funds.

For more information on the contest, send correspondence to the address listed above or e-mail Patricia Conoway.

Zoom Conversation: Forgotten Figures in New Mexico’s History—Those Left Off Monuments & Statues

Photo of Rob Martinez, New Mexico State Historian

NM State Historian Rob Martinez

Join other NMPW members in an off-the-record Zoom Conversation on Friday, 5 Oct, from 12:00 to 12:45 p.m., as NMPW hosts a discussion on “Forgotten Figures in New Mexico’s History—Those Left Off Monuments & Statues.” State Historian Rob Martinez will provide his thoughts on noteworthy people from all cultural and ethnic segments of New Mexico’s history. Dr. Sylvia Ramos Cruz, renown PBS contributor, will discuss prominent New Mexico women, especially those involved with the women’s suffrage movement. We anticipate this meeting lasting 45 minutes, but it may go as long as one hour.  NMPW Board Member Loretta Hall will host the meeting.

If you are a member you may register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

If you are not a member, you may join to attend.

Zoom Conversation: Journalists Covering Criminal & Social Justice Issues

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Host Ludella Awad

NMPW members are invited to participate in an off-the-record Zoom Conversation on Friday, 25 Sep, from 4:00- 4:45 p.m. NMPW will host two journalists covering criminal and social justice issues surrounding police reform and accountability. Joining us are Ryan Lowery from the Las Vegas Optic and Elise Kaplan, criminal justice reporter for the Albuquerque Journal. The event host is NMPW Board Member Ludella Awad, a criminal justice reporter who has worked with multiple news organizations covering the criminal justice system. We anticipate this meeting lasting 45 minutes, but it may go as long as one hour.

If you are a member you may register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

If you are not a member, you may join to attend.

Zoom attendees for Criminal Justice Zoom meeting

Criminal Justice Zoom attendees

Zoom Conversation with NM Congresswoman Torres Small Discusses COVID-19 Legislation

Photo of Xochitl Torres Small with U.S. flag behind her

Congresswomen Torres Small

NMPW will host a Zoom Conversation with New Mexico Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 5:00 – 5:30 p.m. She will spend the first 15 minutes discussing the COVID-19 legislation that has passed the House of Representatives to mitigate the economic crisis. She will then take questions from our members for 15 minutes.

You must be a current paid NMPW member by Sunday, Sept. 6, to receive a registration link. This is an off-the-record conversation open to New Mexico Press Women Members only that has been set up with her Washington, DC scheduler. Private on-the-record interviews must be set up individually.

NMPW Torres Small Zoom Conversation attendees

Congresswomen Torres Small Zoom attendees

Las Cruces Press Women Sponsors COVID-19 and the Media Response II

Las Cruces Press Women is sponsoring a continuing Zoom conversation on how did governmental communications professionals provide critical public health information during the COVID-19 crisis? The event, COVID-19 and the Media Response II, takes place Monday, Aug 31, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

The discussion will be moderated by Damien Willis, lead reporter for the Las Cruces Sun-News and New Mexico Press Women 2020 Communicator of Achievement award winner. Confirmed panelists include:

  • Justin Bannister, associate vice president of marketing and communications for New Mexico State University
  • Kelly Jameson, public information officer for Las Cruces Public Schools
  • Dan Trujillo, public information officer for the Las Cruces Police Department
  • Mark Rudi, media relations manager, for University of New Mexico Health Sciences

This event is open to the public and there is no charge to attend, but advance registration before 5:30 p.m. the day of the panel is required to receive the Zoom link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please remember to use the same email account with which you registered to join the meeting.