|Moonlight Mesa's first western anthology|
"Since we aren't publishing a western in 2017, we will have the time and resources to resume the short story contest," Coffield said. "It just came to me that this is what I'd enjoy doing."
Information, rules, and deadlines will be forthcoming, according to Coffield. "The important thing," the publisher said, "is for people to start writing. Because of our 2017 schedule, entries can be submitted between January 1, 2017 and May 1, 2017. Winners will be announced some time in the fall. My job at this point is to line up some qualified judges and get the whole thing set up as soon as possible...before I leave town for the summer., which is pretty darn soon."
Coffield went on to say that she didn't know if there would be another short story anthology published or not. "There probably will be, but likely not the first year," she said.
The publisher's first anthology, Award-Winning Tales, is a compilation of top stories from the first two Cowboy Up contests.
"At this point I'm thinking we'll go with fiction and nonfiction western material this time around. I firmly believe that good nonfiction can easily compete with fiction," Coffield said.
Coffield has also given much thought to a novella contest. "I've been thinking about a novella contest for a long spell," the publisher said. "It's something I'd love to do, but the technicalities of distributing royalties, etc. is just too much. Some authors might really promote the book, others not so much. It wouldn't be fair to pay the authors equally. It just gets to be messy, and I avoid messy nowadays."
Contest information will be on Moonlight Mesa Associates website sometime in the next week. For now, writers need to know the submissions may be fiction or nonfiction western, 3000+/- words in length. $25 entry fee. Cash prizes and certificates will be awarded. The fee charged pays for postage, judging, and certificates...plus any margaritas needed for judges' meetings to hash things out..