Local scriveners/communicators won multiple awards March 13 in the New Mexico Press Women’s annual Communications Contest, and many were from Corrales. The association’s website describes its project this way: “The annual contest recognizes excellence in print, broadcast, electronic or Internet media, photography, marketing, public relations, graphic arts and journalism in New Mexico. Contest winners are announced in the spring, and awards are presented at New Mexico Press Women’s annual conference. First place winners advance to the national contest this summer, under the auspices of the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW.)

“The purpose of the contest is to improve professional skills by recognizing excellence in communication. The message is what is important. The message —how well it communicates, how it is directed to its target audience, how well it achieves its objectives— is the judging standard.”

The Corrales Writing Group, heralded under the category Organization Sweepstakes winner, tied for second place with SouthWest Writers. Others in the group took home awards, including Pat Wallow and Chris Allen for editing the book Kale Is a Four-Letter Word, which was a CWG short story joint effort.
Kale also earned honorable mention for an anthology of short stories. Allen won honorable mention for two short stories, Keep Kale Cool, and Dear Arthur. Walkow also took second place for editing her anthology New Mexico Remembers 9/11.

Others from CWG include Joe Brown who won second place for his short story, Hey Coach, and third place for the short story, At Least I Could Do Something About It. Sandi Hoover and Jim Tritten won first place for their novella, Panama's Gold. Hoover also won third place for her short story, Give It an Inch. Tritten also won first place for his three-minute video, No Barriers, and for his personal memoir short story, Touched by Rapture. And he grabbed an honorable mention for his piece called Service Reflections of a Navy Veteran August 2020. Jasmine Tritten, although not a formal member of CWG, received three awards. A first place for design and a third place win for the writing of her book, On the Nile with a Dancing Dane, along with a first place win for her photograph of four bobcat kittens lounging on the Tritten's patio wall.

You likely saw that lucky shot in Corrales Comment in August 2020. Kathleen McCleery, a longtime freelance reporter and producer for the PBSNewsHour, now based in Corrales, won two firsts for two web videos as interviewer/producer. No information regarding total number of entries was available on the NMPW website, but at least the Corraleños mentioned herein may each claim the phrase, “award-winning.”

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