SOMOS is pleased to Announce the Winners of the SOMOS Writing Contest (4/1 – 6/15/20)!

Congratulations to:

Kimberley Shaw, from Taos, NM – Best in Fiction, “Haddie Mae
Jock Jacober, from San Luis, CO – Best in Poetry, “Refuge
Sylvia Ramos, from Albuquerque, NM – Best in Creative Nonfiction, “May 29, 2020, In the Year of Our Peril

Kimberley Shaw: I originated from a little town in Southwestern Oklahoma. I have had the pleasure of living in the Taos area for the last year. The rural life I grew up in combined with a variety of experiences in the health care field over the last 14 years have provided me with many characters who inspire me. My hope is to use my pen to give voice to the characters I have worked with who are not often heard.



Jock Jacober has spent most of his working life engaged in businesses he created. These include a “green building” construction company. He also operated a pasture to plate farming operation that eventually transformed into a major supplier of pasture raised meats. Jock has now returned to his life-long love of writing. He sits on the boards of Amigos Bravos in Taos and the Sangre de Cristo Acequia Association in Costilla County, CO.



Sylvia Ramos Cruz’s writing is rooted in art, women’s lives, and everyday injustices, informed by her life in Puerto Rico, New York and New Mexico. Her photographs and award-winning work appear in local and national publications, including Artemis Journal, Choice Words: Writers on Abortion, and Sin Fronteras Journal. Railyards Trilogy: Poems and Photographs, multimedia collage work, is in City of Albuquerque’s Public Art collection. She is currently researching and writing about women’s suffrage in New Mexico and  journaling on life during this pandemic. Work on haibun inspired by historic New Mexico women road markers continues.