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We’re quality persons and we believe in quality stuff. What we eat is the freshest and purest. What we watch has been strained through the finest seive–the New York Times or the London Times or the smallest literary journal with the most anemic editor. Our stocks have been blessed by the financial counselor who renounced a trillion-dollar lifetime earning package to advise us that our distant cousin’s start-up might not be the most secure place for the last of our retirement savings. Our doctor has 873 friends on Facebook (not counting those who died). Quality everywhere you look, from here to our ever receding horizon.
Because we’re such quality persons, the Southwest Festival of the Written Word (pronounced sssfwwh, a sly, rattlesnakish sound) has started a list of bestlists.
The Bestlist of SilverCityNewMexico Writing
The Bestlist of SouthwestNewMexicoandEasternArizona Writing
The Bestlist of SFWW (that includes all the quality stuff not included in the first two lists)
How? you ask, can a poem, tract, essay, book, sentence, story, play or statement of amount owed and payable gain a place among the best words?
Easily, I answer. Submit a nominee and see if she or he or it sticks. Naturally we solicit only quality nominees. We’ve observed that other makers of similar lists have not showed the rigor that our excellence demands, but in these days of lamentable and declining standards that’s exactly what one expects–bestlists of the mediocre.

The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Southwest Word Fiesta™ or its steering committee.

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We respectfully acknowledge that the entirety of southwestern New Mexico is the traditional territory, since time immemorial, of the Chis-Nde, also known as the people of the Chiricahua Apache Nation. The Chiricahua Apache Nation is recognized as a sovereign Native Nation by the United States in the Treaty of Amity, Commerce, and Friendship of 1 July 1852 (10 Stat. 979) (Treaty of Santa Fe ratified 23 March 1853 and proclaimed by President Franklin Pierce 25 March 1853).

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Mimbres Press of Western New Mexico University is a traditional academic press that welcomes agented and unagented submissions in the following genres: literary fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, memoir, poetry, children’s books, historical fiction, and academic books. We are particularly interested in academic work and commercial work with a strong social message, including but not limited to works of history, reportage, biography, anthropology, culture, human rights, and the natural world. We will also consider selective works of national and global significance.