2019 NMPW Communications Contest Results

Awards for finalists were presented to those who attended the annual conference banquet on April 27. Certificates and Sweepstakes awards will be mailed to those who did not attend the banquet. Click the link to download the list of awards.

Congratulations to all the finalists! The Sweepstakes winners (entrants with the highest total number of points) were as follows:

Individuals:

First Place, Wendel Sloan

Second Place: Diane Joy Schmidt, Claudette Sutton (tie)

Third Place: Sherry Robinson

Honorable Mention: Colleen Keane

Organizations:

First Place, The Eastern New Mexico News

Second Place, New Mexico Political Report

Third Place, New Mexico In Depth

Honorable Mentions: Tumbleweeds, LPD Press

Conference Registration Update

The 2019 NMPW Conference registration DEADLINE is midnight, Monday, April 22. See conference details on our Conference page.

The banquet speaker will be the award-winning novelist Judith Van Gieson. Three of her thirteen mystery novels have been optioned for movies. She will discuss her experiences with the film industry.

Join us to celebrate New Mexico Press Women’s 70th anniversary. We will be honoring eight long-time members at the banquet.

National Communications Contest

Entries that won first place in the NMPW Communications Contest can be forwarded to compete in the National Federation of Press Women’s Communications Contest if the following qualifications are met:

  • The entrant must be a current member of NFPW (the national organization) by February 22 (join at https://nfpw.org/join).
  • If the entrant was a current member of NMPW (the state organization) as of January 31, 2019, NMPW will pay for one first-place entry to be sent on to the national contest. If the entrant won first place in more than one category, she/he can have additional entries sent on to national by paying the $23/entry fee for each additional entry at our online store .
  • If the entrant was not a current member of NMPW (the state organization) as of January 31, 2019, she/he must pay the $23/entry fee for every first-place winner she/he wishes to sent on to the national contest. Pay at our online store.

Communications Contest Entry Workshop

If you would like guidance with the electronic entry process for the New Mexico Press Women’s Communications Contest, you are welcome to attend a free workshop on January 5 from 12:15 until 1:15. This will follow the Southwest Writers meeting at the Center for Spiritual Living, on the northwest corner of Louisiana and Claremont (north of Menaul). This is a very broad contest that includes all types of communications, and state winners can move on to national competition. For more information on the contest categories, deadlines, and submission requirements, see newmexicopresswomen.org/2019-communications-contest. All submissions, including books, must be done electronically via the contest entry website. NMPW board members will be available to guide you through the process. We will have a few computers available, but please bring your own laptop if you can.

2019 Conference Pre-registration

The theme of New Mexico Press Women’s 2019 conference is “A Salute to the New Mexico Film and Media Industries.” It will be held at the beautiful, serene Four Hills Country Club’s Canyon Club on April 26-27. So far, our confirmed speakers include Alisa Valdes (author of The Dirty Girls Social Club), Craig Butler (writer and director of The Righteous and the Wicked), and Don Bullis (author of No Manure on Main Street).

Special pre-registration is open until November 30, 2018, with prices the same as the 2018 conference: $125 for NMPW members and $160 for nonmembers. (Nonmembers can save by joining NMPW for 2019 at a fee of only $15.) Mark your calendar and register now at our online store.

SPECIAL NOTE: The New Mexico Writers organization offers scholarships for writers for purposes such as attending writing-related programs. If you would like to apply for a grant to cover your registration for the 2019 NMPW conference, you can find out how at the NMWriters scholarship web page.