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Poetry writing prize announced

The second annual Jim Sagel/Red Crane Books Prize is being sponsored by New Mexico State University's national literary magazine Puerto del Sol.

The $3,000 prize, for poetry this year, is supported by Red Crane Books and Marianne and Michael O'Shaughnessy of Santa Fe. The late Jim Sagel was a New Mexico writer and poet.

New Mexico poets who have not published a full-length book are eligible to compete for the prize. To enter, poets are invited to send no more than 10 poems of any length, with a self-addressed stamped envelope, to Puerto del Sol, the Jim Sagel/Red Crane Books Prize, Kathleene West, Puerto del Sol poetry editor, Department of English, New Mexico State University, Box 30001, MSC 3, Las Cruces, N.M. 88003-8001.

Manuscripts must be received by Dec. 1 to be eligible for the prize. No entry fee is required.

The winning work will be chosen by Jan. 2, 2000. The award will be given before publication of the poems in the summer 2001 issue of Puerto del Sol. Red Crane Books will retain the option of being the publisher of the works in book form.

Kathleen Lee of Las Cruces was the 1999 Jim Sagel/Red Crane Books Prize winner for her short story, "Still Life." Marianne and Michael O'Shaugnessy presented her the award May 12.

Jim Sagel died April 6, 1998. His bilingual coming-of-age story, "Always the Heart, Siempre el Corazon," is his fourth book published by Red Crane Books. A well-known Southwestern author and storyteller, Sagel was the recipient of the 1997 El Premio Literario Ciudad de San Sebastian, Spain. He was the first person outside of Spain to receive the award. He was on the advisory board of Puerto del Sol from 1982 to 1998.