SOMOS, the Literary Society of Taos, Calls for Writers’ Stories About Their Wheels

By Janet Webb, June 4, 2014

BrokenWagonWheel0002As a SOMOS board member I want to remind everyone out there with some tie to Taos, who also knows how to write, to consider this opportunity to share your story.

June 15 is the deadline for writers of all genres to submit a short story (poems, Haikus, and essays welcome, too) for inclusion in this important organization’s second in a series of Storied collections. Storied Wheels, due for publication in fall 2014, follows the very popular 2012 edition, Storied Recipes that featured 84 writers’ 200-word stories about memorable meals.

SOMOS board member and project coordinator, Prudy Abeln, describes the project: “The upcoming collection will anthologize favorite stories about our rides—everyone has a story, be it about an epic road trip, learning to drive, fender bender, or your father’s T-Bird. If your story is about Taos or New Mexico—all the better! (Broken wheel tales, anyone?). As we envision the anthology, it will celebrate the nexus of the written word and the adventures, trials and tribulations of our relationship with our cars. Naturally, because we live where we do, this extends to trucks, motorcycles, hitchhiking and even rides that have failed us.”

Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson in "Easy Rider."Guidelines: 600 words or fewer (500-word limit if accompanied by a vehicle photo) by June 15, 2014 (the sooner, the better!). Send an email to Prudy Abeln with your piece in an editable attachment (.doc or .docx). Include your full name, phone number and an email address, as well as a bio, up to fifty words. Include in that statement your relationship to SOMOS or Taos, unless it’s evident from your story.

Learn more about SOMOS.

Pictured: two iconic Taos wheels. Take a guess how they each changed Taos!

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