Call for Writers

Las Cruces Arts and Cultural District
Generations Community Writing Project

Application Deadline: Friday, February 10, 2023 @ 11:59 PM

The Las Cruces Arts and Cultural District (LCACD) is a vibrant, inspirational, diverse, and asset-rich cultural environment with collective economic and quality of life benefits. Situated in the heart of downtown, the LCACD endeavors to promote the borderland arts and culture that make it authentically Southern New Mexico. As part of Downtown Las Cruces Partnership (DLCP), the LCACD is directed by a Coordinating Council, a dedicated group of volunteers who strive to make the original town-site the hub of the local creative economy.

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

As a pair, the writers will determine the depth of their collaboration. Paired writers may write independently or together; however both writers must create pieces specifically for the event. As a pair, the writers will introduce one another and will share a 15-minute reading time, including introductions.

Writers will be given the theme “coming of age” as a starting place for their compositions.

Writers who write in all genres are encouraged to apply, including, but not limited to, prose, poetry, drama, songwriting, personal essay, and creative nonfiction.

Submitted work must be previously unperformed and/or unpublished and created specifically for the event.

Entry Requirements:
For this project, writers must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Reside in Doña Ana County
  • Attend two mandatory in-person events (orientation and reading- musicians will need to also attend a rehearsal)

To apply, writers must submit the application by or before February 10

Selection Process:
As part of the application process, writers will be asked to provide short bio and artist statements. The selection panel will use this information to select and pair writers.

Written in the third person, your bio gives an overview of your professional and personal experiences with a focus on your work as a writer (200 words or less)

Artist’s Statement:
Written in the first person, your artist statement provides insight into you’re the “who,” “what,” “why,” and “how” of your writing. This statement needs to be clear and concise while conveying the essence of you as a writer. (300 words or less)

Selection Panel:
Writer selection for the project will be conducted by a panel of local writers and experts in the field. Decisions reached by panel are final and not subject to review.

All participating writers will receive an event t-shirt and plaque

Community Writing Standards for Broadcast and Publication:
Since this project is a community writing project, standards of language and content apply. Submitted works must not contain obscenity, both in language and/or explicit sexual or violent content.

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

Submission Deadline:
Friday, February 10 at 11:59PM

Program Acceptance Notification:
Friday, February 17

Orientation Meeting (Mandatory):
Saturday, February 25- 11-1 @ Amador Bar and Grill, 302 S Main St Suite B

Work Submission Deadline:
Tuesday, March 28

Saturday, April 1at 6:00PM in the Rio Grande Theatre Auditorium

Post- Reading Reception and Award Ceremony:
Immediately following reading

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