Every year, the Pasatiempo Writing Contest judges report that the writing is better, more interesting, and more compelling. And this year is no different. Perhaps not surprisingly, the winners explored some similar themes: CoViD, war, death, nostalgia, isolation, and the nature of reality. Love.
The adult fiction winners talk about Christmases long since gone and what the holidays will mean this year, how to stay young and beautiful, and about the loss of love.
"Jude was scared. Truly scared. He had only known the kind of fear from the frightfulness of wakeful nights due to the monster in his closet, or the panic that accompanied the pain of a bee sting," Gus Yeager begins his story.
Among the winners of in the adult nonfiction category are a story that takes place during the Vietnam War, a passionate letter to Black youth, and an essay about the future of women in science.
The winners in the teen nonfiction category discuss what it means to be a New Mexican with cultural ties across the sea, why a national mask mandate is important during the coronavirus pandemic, and what it's like to have a horse for a best friend.
The winners of the adult poetry category echo sentiments of everyday life, the pandemic, and even the new personas that have emerged as a result of self-quarantine.
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