The Center for Basque Studies is extremely proud to congratulate all of the participants in the first Basque Literary Writing Contest. "We were extremely happy with the number and quality of submissions for our Basque-themed writing contest," publications editor Daniel Montero said, "it was very difficult to narrow down the field to and to choose these great entries as winners."

Honorable mention go to Nere Lete, for her translation of Two Weeks in Urgain, the first mystery novel ever published in Basque, and to Syndney Avey, for her tremendous novel The Sheep Walker's Daughter, now available here from Hope Springs Books.

Third place and a Basque Literature and Classics gift pack goes to Winnemucca's own Joan Errea, who sent us a tremendous collection of poems that she wrote about her beloved aita (father), Arnaud Paris, who, as the author writes, "although he had many hardships, many near disasters, went "broke" more than a few times, he never lost his love and faith in God, and though he never got rich monetarily, he died a wealthy man in the love of his family and many friends."

Second place, and a $150 Center for Basque Studies Press gift certificate goes to Chino's Anne Marie Chiramberro for her very realistic, heartfelt and touching young adult novel Chino, which traces the lives of a group of friends and Basque dance group compatriots through the trials and tribulations of young adulthood. Fans of Anne Marie can also follow her writing at her blog, Hella Basque.

And the winner of the first-ever Basque writing contest and winner of the $500 grand prize is, from Elko, Gretchen Skivington, for her beautiful novel Echeverria. Her lyrical and evocative writing captures the Basque experience and the western experience and we are extremely proud that she chose to share it with us. The Center looks forward to bringing this publishing this great piece of literary fiction. Click here to read a short excerpt!

The Center is also proud to announce that we will be holding a no-host awards event and writing celebration at Craft Wine and Beer (click here to visit Craft's website) in Reno, Nevada, on March 1, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Please come out and help us celebrate Basque writing, culture, and life!