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Generations Community Writing Project | Las Cruces Newsletter


Generations Community Writing Project is a program to bring literary artists together and provide them with a platform to create, share and discover the vast literary talent of the community. For the program, eight writers will be selected and paired. Each pair of writers will be at least twenty years apart.

As a duo, the screenwriters will determine the depth of their collaboration. Paired writers can write independently or together. In pairs, the writers will introduce themselves and share a 15-minute reading time, including introductions.


Writers will be given the theme of “unity” as a starting point for their compositions. Strict adherence to the theme is not necessary.


Writers writing in all genres are encouraged to apply, including but not limited to prose, poetry, drama, and creative nonfiction.

Entry requirements:

For this project, authors must:

• Be 18 or older

• Reside in the county of Doña Ana

• Attend two mandatory in-person events (orientation and reading)

To apply, writers must submit the application no later than April 8


Selection process:

As part of the application process, authors will be asked to provide a short biography and artist statements. The jury will use this information to select and match authors.

Organic :

Written in the third person, your biography provides insight into your professional and personal experiences with a focus on your work as a writer (200 words or less)

Artist Statement:

Written in the first person, your artist statement provides insight into who you are, the “what”, the “why” and the “how” of your writing. This statement should be clear and concise while conveying the essence of you as a writer. (300 words or less)

Judgement :

The selection and judging of writers for the project will be done by a panel of local writers and experts in the field. Decisions made by the panel are final.

Price :

Outstanding Submission by Elder of the Writer Pairings – Plaque

Outstanding Submission by Junior of Paired Writers – Plaque

Authors will also have their work published on the DLCP webpage

All participating writers will receive an event t-shirt

Community writing guidelines for broadcast and publication:

Since this project is a community writing project, language and content standards apply. Submitted works must not contain obscenity, both in language and/or in explicit sexual or violent content.

In order to create a diverse and respectful community space, we ask that openly partisan pieces that advocate a political party for or against any current or former elected official be left for another forum.

Submission deadline:

Friday April 8 at midnight

Notice of Program Acceptance:

friday april 22

Orientation meeting (mandatory):

Saturday, April 29 11-1 @ Amador Bar and Grill, 302 S Main St Suite B

Deadline for submission of work:

tuesday 24 may


Saturday June 4 at 6 p.m. at the Auditorium of the Rio Grande Theater

Post-Reading Reception and Awards Ceremony:

Immediately after reading


For more information, please email Susan Greenwald Cabello at [email protected]

Margarita W. Wilson

The author Margarita W. Wilson