Pasatiempo

THE WRITE STUFF

Presenting the winners of Pasatiempo’s annual Writing Contest

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est, t clear: Santa Fe and New Mexico os strong community of writers. Based on the vast array of entries in the fiction, nonfiction, and poetry categories, it’s clear that our state contains a talented cadre of writers whowrite orthesakeo writing,toshareide­as,toheal,andtogrow.

As one of our youth writers wrote on her contest entry form, “Me gusta mucho escribir, siento como mis manos y mi cerebro hacen historias por si solos.” (“I really like to write, I feel like my hands and my brain make stories on their own.”)

That statement perfectly sums up what we do as writers; when we sit down and begin to hear that clickety-clack of computer keys, we’re not always sure what’s going to flow, or even if it will flow. But we do know that it comes from deep inside, and the feeling we get when we pour out words onto a screen is cathartic and personal, and the result, we hope, is entertaini­ng.

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. ne , y was chosen from among the finalists by Stephen P. Hull, director of the University of New Mexico Press and an avid reader and writer.

Staff writers Brian Sandford and Spencer Fordin and I also narrowed down the entries to a handful of finalists for each of the contest’s category judges Kim Parko or tion, James Mcgrath Morris or non ction, and Hakim Bellamy for poetry), which was a tough task for all.

For our youth writer entries, the Pasa team also hand-selected our top picks for this year’s new (and newly prestigiou­s) Pasa Youth Writer Prize. Keep an eye on these youngsters; I have a feeling there are more literary prizes in their futures.

As we ease into the holiday week, and you wrap your hands around a warm latte with a cozy blanket on your lap, we hope this issue can become the best part of your fireside reading. And we hope it offers a chance for you to learn about what’s in the hearts of your fellow New Mexicans. — Carolyn Graham

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