Albuquerque Museum presents the third annual book event showcasing local writing talent


November 2 & 3, 2018



All events are held at the Albuquerque Museum


2018 Participating Authors

Author selection is in process. New Mexico authors interested in supporting the 2018 aM Author Festival are welcome to send an email with contact information to


The 2018 aM Author Festival is a collaboration between the Albuquerque Museum Foundation and the Albuquerque Museum to benefit participating authors and the educational programs at Albuquerque Museum.


The aM Author Festival is sponsored by





Details subject to change. Please watch this website for updates.


Friday, November 2, 2018 | Writing Workshops

8:45 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Four, 1 1/2 hour classes. $125 half day or $200 full day.

Preregistration is required. Watch this site for registration information to be published in Spring 2018. 


8:45 – 10:15 a.m. Sarah Lovett: Characterization in Fiction

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Joseph Badal: Editing Makes all the Difference

1 – 2:30 p.m. Sherri Burr: What Writers Need to Know About Contracts and Copyrights

2:45 – 4:15 p.m. Dawn Wink: Start to Finish: Following the Narrative Arc


Saturday, November 3, 2018 | aM Author Festival

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is free

Third annual book event showcases local writing talent. The finest of the New Mexico writers' scene will gather at Albuquerque Museum to share their experiences, sell merchandise, and sign books for their fans. Whether you are a mystery addict, a hard-core sci-fi fan, or a history buff you’ll be amazed at the diversity of writers working across a range of genres, who call New Mexico home. Panel discussions and author presentations throughout the day.


3 p.m. Writing Contest Award Ceremony
for best unpublished works of Fiction and Non-Fiction featuring the David Morrell Prize for Fiction and Lesley Poling-Kempes Prize for Non-Fiction. Ceremony will include a reading of winning submissions by David Morrell and Lesley Poling-Kempes.




The 2018 Albuquerque Museum Author Festival Writing Contest is open to all New Mexico residents. Fiction and Narrative Non-Fiction works must be unpublished and must not have been submitted to an earlier Albuquerque Museum Author Festival contest.  Submit a piece you are currently working on or polish a finished piece. Submission Deadline – June 30, 2018.


Download Writing Contest Rules