In 119 Words
I only have 119 words to announce our Ridiculously Short Fiction Contest (including the title) and I've already used 22, so I'll keep this brief. You: Send in an incredibly short story or three (max) using only 119 words via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or via snail mail to The Alibi's Ridiculously Short Fiction Contest, 2118 Central SE, PMB #151, Albuquerque, N.M., 87106. All entries must be received by Friday, May 23, at noon. Me: I'll read ’em (and count up the precious words) then publish the best in our June 19 issue. You: Pick up your hefty prize pack (if you story’s a winner). It's that simple, and I still have one left. Word.
N.M. Book Awards
The New Mexico Book Co-op's inaugural New Mexico Book Awards were a huge success last year, receiving hundreds of submissions and honoring dozens of local authors and publishers in the process. It's a new year, and the 2008 book awards deadline is approaching. For a complete list of categories and details on the contest, visit nmbookaward.com. The early deadline is May 31 if you want to save a few bucks on the entry fee ($30). After May 31, the fee will increase to $40. If you aren't an author but are a reader, you can stop by any Borders in New Mexico to place a ballot for The People's Choice Award, nominating your favorite book about New Mexico or written by a New Mexican author.
Comic Art Indigène
Opening this weekend at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe, Comic Art Indigène features cartoon art—both contemporary and traditional—by Native Americans. The new exhibit, opening May 11, features a photograph of a cartoon from the 13th century—the "All American Man," a shield-carrying warrior of the Pueblo II period—as contrasted by Jack Kirby's Captain America and other tales of fantastic heroes and villains from Native American culture. For more info, call (505) 476-1250 or visit www.indianartsandculture.org.