Zia Award Recognizes Three Outstanding Children’s Book Authors

Three outstanding New Mexico women writers will be honored for their work in children’s literature on Saturday, April 9, at 12:15 p.m. at the Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces. The 2011 Zia Book Award recognizes Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw for “My Travelin’ Eye” in first place, Jennifer Cervantes for “Tortilla Sun” in second place, and Karen Taschek for “Hanging with Bats: Ecobats, Vampires, and Movie Stars” in third place.

The award is presented by New Mexico Press Women. The winning writers will read and sign books at an award luncheon during NMPW’s annual conference, “Come see the stars in Las Cruces,” newmexicopresswomen.org/conference.

In “My Travelin’ Eye,” Jenny Sue’s eyes are different from other people’s eyes. Her right eye looks in one direction, while her left eye sometimes wanders. Jenny Sue has a travelin’, lazy eye. Although it makes her different, it also helps her see the world in a special way. Kostecki-Shaw is a freelance illustrator. She studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and The Illustration Academy. This is her first picture book. She lives in Northern New Mexico with her husband, Patrick.

“Tortilla Sun” is the story of 12 year old Izzy from California who must spend the summer with her grandmother in New Mexico. Along with some new friends and a pinch of magic, she finds herself on an adventure to connect the hidden pieces of her past. Cervantes was named a 2010 New Voices pick by the American Booksellers Association. She teaches young adult literature at New Mexico State University. She lives with her husband and three daughters.

“Hanging with Bats” explores bat fact and bat fiction, highlighting bats’ value in ecology and pop culture. Taschek introduces the world’s tiniest mammal, the 20 ounce bumble bee bat, the flying fox with a six-foot wingspan and others of the more than 1,100 species of bats. She explains common expressions like “bats in your belfry” and bats’ roles in movies, cultural legends and literature. Taschek is a freelance author and editor for Random House and UNM Press.

The Zia Award was started in 1953 to honor an outstanding woman in New Mexico media. Each year the award rotates to one of three categories: nonfiction, fiction and children’s literature. The 2011 award was judged by Leslie Chamberlin, director, Tireman Library, University of New Mexico; Mandy Cumming, assistant librarian, Albuquerque High School; and Sari Krosinsky, chair, Zia Book Award, and editor, University Communication and Marketing, University of New Mexico.

The 2012 Zia Book Award will be given to the author of an outstanding nonfiction book published in 2009, 2010 or 2011. The contest is open to all subgenres of nonfiction. Details will will be posted on NMPW’s Web site in the fall.

NMPW is an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women and exists to provide professional development, networking and First Amendment rights protection to professional journalists and communicators. For more information, visit newmexicopresswomen.org.

NMPW 2011 Communications Contest Winners

Last Name
First Town Category Placement Extra Info
Aboytes Iris Albuquerque 46 First
Aboytes Iris Albuquerque 7C Second
Aboytes Iris Albuquerque 8B HM
Aboytes Iris Albuquerque 9D First
Aboytes Iris Albuquerque 9E First
Berner R. Thomas Santa Fe 81 First
Brennan Kathleen Ranchos de Taos 20E First
Casselle Tania Ranchos de Taos 36C First
Casselle Tania Ranchos de Taos 75A Second
Casselle Tania Ranchos de Taos 8B First
Casselle Tania Ranchos de Taos 9M Second
Cheasebro Margaret Aztec 77A First
Cheasebro Margaret Aztec 8B Second
Cheasebro Margaret Aztec 9C First
Cheasebro Margaret Aztec 9I
Cheasebro Margaret Aztec 9L First
Cheasebro Margaret Aztec 9O First
Cordova Kathryn El Prado 48 First
Cordova Kathryn El Prado 10B HM
Cordova Kathryn El Prado 40B First
Davis Marcie Santa Fe 34A First
Davis Marcie Santa Fe 35A First
Davis Marcie Santa Fe 35C Second
Drabanski Emily Santa Fe 7C First
Drabanski Emily Santa Fe 9M Second
Fallstead Cheryl Las Cruces 35C Third
Fothergill Jana Albuquerque 52B First w/Gonzales/Krosinsky
Friesen Ruth Albuquerque 33A First
Friesen Ruth Albuquerque 34A Second
Gonzales Carolyn Albuquerque 52B First w/Fothergill/Krosinsky
Gotsch Connie Farmington 77A First
Gotsch Connie Farmington 8B Second
Gotsch Connie Farmington 9C Second
Graff Pat Albuquerque 61 First
Graff Pat Albuquerque 73 First
Graff Pat Albuquerque 74
Graff Pat Albuquerque 74
Greenly Larry Albuquerque 7C Third
Haislett Robin Portales 21 First
Haugen Merry Albuquerque 32B First
Hillerman Anne Santa Fe 53C First
Hillerman Anne Santa Fe 75A First
Hillerman Anne Santa Fe 9M
Jacobs Linda Las Cruces 76 First
Kreis Carol Albuquerque 14C First
Krosinsky Sari Albuquerque 52B First w/Fothergill/Gonzales
Lanelli Yvonne Alto 10A Second
Lanelli Yvonne Alto 10A Third
Lanelli Yvonne Alto 10C First
Lanelli Yvonne Alto 10C Second
Lanelli Yvonne Alto 9D Second
Lanelli Yvonne Alto 9I Second
Lanelli Yvonne Alto 9Q First
Lanelli Yvonne Alto 9Q Second
Marano Nancy Albuquerque 10C Second
Marano Nancy Albuquerque 15C First
Marano Nancy Albuquerque 7C HM
Marano Nancy Albuquerque 8B
McKenna Arin Santa Fe 7B First
McKenna Arin Santa Fe 9C HM
McKenna Arin Santa Fe 9I First
McKenna Arin Santa Fe 9R First
Niederman Sharon Raton 75C First
Robinson Sherry Albuquerque 10D First
Robinson Sherry Albuquerque 57A First
Rubin Gail Albuquerque 75A Third
Russo Bud Las Cruces 35C First
Russo Bud Las Cruces 7A First
Russo Bud Las Cruces 9F First
Russo Bud Las Cruces 9Q Third
Schauer Sandy Los Lunas 75D First w/Tessier
Sloan Wendel Portales 10A First
Sloan Wendel Portales 10B First
Sloan Wendel Portales 10D Second
Sloan Wendel Portales 53C First
Stablein Marilyn Albuquerque 80B First
Tessier Denise Cedar Crest 75D First w/Schauer
Wentworth Karen Albuquerque 32A First

Nonfiction book entries sought for N.M. women writers contest

An outstanding New Mexican writer will be honored for her work in nonfiction next spring when her book receives the prestigious Zia Award.

New Mexican women writers are invited to submit their books for consideration for the award, given each year by New Mexico Press Women at the annual spring conference. To be eligible to receive the award, selected winners must read at the award luncheon during the 2012 conference May 4-6.

The 2012 Zia Award will be given to the author of an outstanding nonfiction book published in 2009, 2010 or 2011. The contest is open to all subgenres of nonfiction, from memoir to textbook.

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 a brief cover letter including complete contact information, the author’s biography (including her connection to New Mexico) and a description of the book, a copy of the book and a check for the $10 entry fee payable to New Mexico Press Women to:

Sari Krosinsky
Zia Book Award Chair
315 Terrace Street SE
Albuquerque, N.M. 87106

Entries must be postmarked no later than Friday, Jan. 13, 2012.

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 email michal_kro@hotmail.com.

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The Zia Award started in 1953 to honor an outstanding woman in New Mexico media. Each year the award rotates to one of three categories: nonfiction, fiction and children’s literature. To accommodate this schedule, a book published in the last three years is eligible.

New Mexico Press Women is an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women and exists to provide professional development, networking and First Amendment rights protection to professional journalists and communicators.