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2013 Writers-Editors Network Annual International Writing Competition - WINNERS
(HM = Honorable Mention)
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SHORT STORY - UNPUBLISHED
1st Place – Irene Uttendorfsky, Port Leyden, NY – "The Portrait" – A strong, well-formed lead paragraph with just-right descriptive words begins the story's well-conceived journey that continues to the "surprise" ending. Pacing is very good, as is the dialogue. Just like the next story (2nd Place), this short story could easily segue into a novel.

2nd Place – Patricia A. Cox, Phoenix, AZ – "The Long Walk" – The author paints a lovely and sensitive picture with beautifully descriptive words. The chosen verbiage is not "over done," but rather right on target and pitch perfect for this particular genre story. Short paragraphs and dialogue briefs are very effective. This judge could easily see the short story evolving into a novel.

3rd Place – Rick Gustafson, Parker, CO – "Discipline" – The author explores the senses of his/her reader who can almost smell, taste, see and feel whatever is taking place throughout the story. Good plotting and characterization cause the reader to keep turning the pages.

1st HM – Melanie Peterson, Jackson Heights, NY – "November in Dallas"

2nd HM – Miriam Goodspeed, Palm Harbor, FL – "The Coming"

3rd HM – Jan Sherbin, Cincinnati, OH – "Under Fire: The Kiss"

4th HM – Arthur M. Doweyko, Vero Beach, FL – "Little Snowy Mountains"


NOVEL CHAPTER - UNPUBLISHED
1st Place - Carol J. Perry, Madeira Beach, FL – "Nightshades" – Sometimes a first person novel does not work, but in this case, the first person viewpoint is used very well and successfully. The character grabs hold of the reader with her actions, dialogue and thought process. Good use of carefully chosen dialogue easily carries the reader through the first chapter, anticipating what could follow. (Note: Carol Perry received a multi-title deal for this book - see our interview with Carol at http://WritersEditorsNetwork.com/winning-contest-helps-author-land-multi-boo k-contract/

2nd Place – Cindy Pontrelli, Green Cove Springs, FL – "Flight 1715 to Havana" – The first chapter is short, but more than effective because of its beautifully crafted words that put the reader right in the middle of the scene. The reader not only looks forward to the next chapter but to the entire book.

3rd Place – Patricia A. Cox, Phoenix, AZ – "Hellgate" – The short lead paragraph effectively sets the stage for this novel, putting "a lot" into two descriptive sentences – a young woman's pain, tension and the unknown during the days of the Wild West. The good pacing, narrative and dialogue make the reader want more.

1st HM – Colleen Garrett, Ormond Beach, FL – "Chapter 7 – Photographs and Memories"

2nd HM – Robert E. Marvin, Bradenton, FL – "Falling for Isaac Newton"

3rd HM – James D. Cary, Boynton Beach, FL – "Marco Polo Travels"

4th HM – Alexander Fernandez, Santa Maria, CA – "Tears for a World"

5th HM – G. Gray McVicker, West Des Moines, IA – "Close the Gates of Mercy"


CHILDREN'S LITERATURE
1st Place – Melissa Killian, Cheswick, PA – "The Metamorphosis of a Marshmallow," short story for teens – Has likeable characters, a conversational tone, fresh twist, and credible but clever resolution.

2nd Place – Carol MacAllister, Boqueron, PR – "Kiko's Pineapple Pie," short story for 5-7-year-olds – Moves at a lively pace in a colorful setting with a nicely subtle theme on patience.

3rd Place – Carolyn Madero, Stamford, CT – "Would You Like to Hear My Poem?" poem for 4-8-year-olds – Keeps an appropriately rhythmic beat while presenting a story most children will identify with and enjoy.

1st HM – Linda Zajac, Vernon, CT – "Tuxedo Penguins in Peril," nonfiction book chapter – Includes a thorough bibliography with sidebars and a topic that appeals to most children.

2nd HM – Susan T. Davis, Poughkeepsie, NY – "Baseball Laughs and the Men Who Made Them," nonfiction article – Puts good research and writing into play.

3rd HM – Carol Bennett, West Warwick, RI – "Deborah: An Easter Story," book chapter – Uses a credible situation to create a fresh treatment of a familiar Bible story.

4th HM – Darlene Buechel, Chilton, WI – "Six Rules for Surviving a Stepdad," short story – Has a conversational tone that makes readers feel as though they're in the story, too.

5th HM – Carol MacAllister, Boqueron, PR – "Too Many Hats," short story – Maintains a lively pace and good humor in this well-written story.

6th HM – Linda Zajec, Vernon, CT – "Ice King of the Mountain," nonfiction book chapter – Has obviously been well-researched and tightly written.

7th HM – Janine Yordy, Huntersville, NC – "Skating on Thin Ice," first chapter of novel in free verse – Hints at the whole story, which sounds like a "good read."


PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED NONFICTION ARTICLE/ESSAY/BOOK CHAPTER
1st Place – Alessandra Bianchi, Marblehead, MA – "Open Season: Answering Blackburn's Challenge," Rowing News – "From a strong, descriptive, creative lead paragraph to the last paragraph of this long article, the author writes as if she were in conversation with someone, telling her story. The author inserts details without getting bogged down with too much information. Her word choices are wise and relevant, and flow very well. She puts the reader right in the middle of the Blackburn rowing challenge. Very well done."

2nd Place – Patrick Flanary, New York, NY – "Vinyl Voyagers," Narrative.ly – "The writer gives the reader a fascinating account into the world of record-lovers, and how one man goes to the "ends of the world" for his rare, historic finds. The author is spot on with his descriptive sentences. Just like the other two writers in our top three, he puts the reader smack dab into time and Place. Great job!"

3rd Place – Linda Bragg, New Port Richey, FL – "Deliverance" – "The author tells a deeply personal story without being maudlin. Her writing style is deceptively "simple," yet gets to the heart of the story with her well-chosen words. She makes the reader "feel" her own emotions-a sign of a good writer."

1st HM – Paul Fein, Agawam, MA – "The Best Bad Tennis Player of All Time – Andy Roddick," TennisOne

2nd HM – Kathleen Vestal Logan, Gulf Breeze, FL – "History Sows the Seeds for Women's Second Blooming," Chapter 1: Second Blooming for Women

3rd HM – Paul Fein, Agawam, MA – "The 10 Greatest Matches in Wimbledon History," Sports Illustrated

4th HM – Robert B. Robeson, Lincoln, NE – "It Ain't Easy to Love Your Enemy," Military Magazine

5th HM – Mark Hawthorne, Rohnert Park, CA – "The Problem with Palm Oil," VegNews

6th HM – Frederick Jessett, Sammamish, WA – "What Is It With Kids And Sticks?" The Seattle Times


UNPUBLISHED NONFICTION ARTICLE/ESSAY/BOOK CHAPTER
1st Place – Joy Wooderson, O'Fallon, MO – "Diary of a Part-time Dog Lover" – "Whether you're a dog lover or not, the writer expresses a delightful relationship with an "on loan" dog, who happens to be quirky and lovable according to the writer's words. The author takes the reader through her experience succinctly and eloquently. Every well-chosen word/paragraph moves the story forward to a bittersweet end. Very well done."

2nd Place – Kaitlyn Murphy, Council Bluffs, IA – "Behind the Inheritance" – This story came close to the top choice. The author of this essay took hold of beautifully constructed words and phrases to form a poignant story. Because of this, the reader hovers over the grandmother and granddaughter as though he/she is in the same room with them. That's the sign of a good writer.

3rd Place – Rick Lamplugh, Corvallis, OR – "The Bison's Last Ride" – The characters' well-written/logical quotes/words are interspersed very well with the narrative. Copy flows well, whether it's what each character is saying, or what the plot carries forward. No words are unnecessary, so the writer has edited himself/herself very well in this piece.

1st HM – Kim Rogers, Edmond, OK – "The Sunrise"

2nd HM – Camelia Townsend, Ashburn, VA – "Prelude to Change"


POETRY
1st Place – Anna Amatuzio, New York, NY – "With Pleasure," pantoum – Stays true to form and presents a story that has emotional impact and, for many of us, strong reader identification, too. Well-done!

2nd Place - Joan Weiner, Weaverville, NC – "Pasta e Fagioli," free verse – Makes a familiar subject fresh, personable, and visual through the use of strong nouns and verbs. Emotional impact and a solid ending also lift and assist the poem. Loved it!

3rd Place - Kermit Brown, Asheville, NC – "Silent Screams," free verse – Has no spare words as it pictures an abandoned prison camp and artistically honors those who suffered there.

1st HM - Joyce Shiver, Crystal River, FL – "The Midnight Train," sonnet – Gives readers a scene we can readily see, connect with, and feel the effect.

2nd HM - Joyce Shiver, Crystal River, FL – "Music of the River," sestina – Moves along like the river with details and descriptions observed well – and well said.

3rd HM - Jan Evans, Toccoa, GA – "Finding God," nonet – Has no wordiness to hinder its movement as all nine lines stay true to form from the first 9-syllable line to the last one-syllable ending.

4th HM - Erna Hennessy, San Francisco, CA – "Two Oldies," humor poem – Engages readers with a fresh twist on life in a shoe.

5th HM - George Rhoades, Duncan, OK –  "Old Men At the Coffee Shop," free verse – Observes keenly and moves a familiar scene with rhythmic lines and end-line rhyme.

6th HM - Sally Clark, Fredericksburg, TX – "She Leaves Us, A Little At A Time," free verse – Creates an emotional impact from the first verse (actually, from the title) yet avoids sentimentality.

7th HM - Constance C.F. Golden, Duanesburg, NY – "Aftermath," free verse – Presents an after-the-storm scene that draws readers into the experience and its impact.

 

2012 Writers-Editors Network Annual International Writing Competition - WINNERS
(HM = Honorable Mention)
SHORT STORY - UNPUBLISHED
1st PLACE - Kimberlee Esselstrom, Groveland, Fla. – "The Sister Dance" – Literary – Excellent lead. Story flows very well. Each character is recognizable by traits and dialogue that express their emotions very well. Good plotting and pacing. Reader can easily become the mother looking down on her daughters. Logical ending.
2nd  PLACE - John J. White, Merritt Island, Fla. – "Beneath the Wintry Sky" – Literary – Excellent beginning. Very good storyline. Good mix of expressive narrative and dialogue to keep the story moving. Good characterization and conflict. Terrific ending.
3rd  PLACE - Linda Newman, San Mateo, Cal. – "The Visit" – Good storyline. Lots of dialogue, but the tone is logical and keeps the story moving very well. Good characterization.
1st  HM - Robert M. Temple, Homosassa, Fla. – "The Wolf-Gray War Bonnet" – Western – Excellent lead. Verbiage beautifully descriptive. Just enough dialogue for good plotting. Great ending.
2nd HM - Mary Kay McAllister, Juno Beach, Fla. – "Second Chances" – Literary – Reader can easily picture the characters by well-placed and evocative description. I would have deleted the last sentence and left the ending at "I hoped it was that time."
3rd HM - Margaret Truly, Hoover, Ala. – "The Parachute Dress"– Literary – Very good dialogue and narrative. Emotion is expressed clearly. Excellent storyline.
4th HM - Sylvia Forbes, Fayette, Mo. – "Revenge by Retriever" – Good lead, characterization and pacing. Reader can easily root for Penny and Sadie.
5th HM - Melanie Peterson, Jackson Heights, NY – "Scary Dream"
6th HM - Alicia Stankay, Ambridge, Penn. – "Rest in Peace"
7th HM - Margaret Truly, Hoover, Ala. – "Money Talks" – Mystery
8th HM - Suzann Owings, Albuquerque, NM – "The Debt" – Fantasy
9th HM - Geraldine Bass, Olathe, Kan. – "That Rundown Old House" – Mystery
10th HM - Ann King, Palisade, Col. – "Split-Second Decision"
NOVEL CHAPTER - UNPUBLISHED
1st PLACE - T. D. Hart, Bixby, Okla. – "Circles," Chapter One – Strong beginning; good flow and structure. Dialogue sings and is realistic and articulate, making characters seem "real." Very good use of engrossing words – tight, yet descriptive. Three conflicts are set up in first chapter – good for the reader. Can lead to a very good polished page-turner.
2nd PLACE - Gretchen Craig, Denton, Tex. – "Theena's Landing," Chapter One – Good lead and characters. Narrative flows well; very good use of descriptive words (without overdoing). Can sense conflict building.
3rd PLACE - Susan Nickerson, Wesley Chapel, Fla. – "Amazing Grace," Chapter One – Excellent, vivid lead. Expressive dialogue and strong characterization. Narrative flows eloquently. Good plotting.
1st HM - Kate Ruland-Thorne, Grand Junction, Col. – "Courage on the Nile," Part I, Chapter One – This novel has good potential. Characters live on the page. Narrative and dialogue puts the reader inside the story. Emotions expressed clearly. Each page easily/reasonably leads to another – good pacing.
2nd HM - Maris Soule, South Haven, Mich. – "Pandora's Box," Chapter One – Good lead and flow. Dialogue good, realistic and appropriate. Reader can relate to Mary Harrington. Conflict good, comprehensible and surprising. Sets the stage for a potentially riveting novel.
3rd HM - Gale Martin, Lititz, Penn. – "The Shaker Proposal," Chapter 1 – Novel has potential. Good beginning and characterization. Narrative could use some thoughtful editing.
4th HM - Gale Martin, Lititz, Penn. – "Ms. Manon in Hankey, PA," Chapter 1 – Storyline good. Novel has potential with the help of smooth editing.
5th HM - Robert Samuel Cromartie III, MD, Ormond Beach, Fla. – "An Innocent Lie," Chapter 1
6th HM - Laura Reese, Mobile, Ala. – "Center of Gravity," Chapter 1
7th HM - Debbie Allen, Tallahassee, Fla., "The Swinging Door," Chapter Three
8th HM - Barbara A. Andrews, Richmond, Tex. – "The Backwoods Princess," Chapter 1
9th HM - Laura Reese, Mobile, Ala. – "Stay Tuned," Chapter 1
10th HM - (tie) Irene Kueh, Lincoln, Ill. – "The Enchanted Voices," Chapter One
10th HM - (tie) Ann King, Palisade, Col. – "Time Stream," Chapter Eleven
CHILDREN'S LITERATURE
1st PLACE - Heather Hamel, Elkton, Fla. – "Kobi: Memoirs of a Mustang," Chapter 1, Middle Grade Book – This opening chapter immediately engages readers in a fast-paced story that stays in the viewpoint and character of a fast-paced horse.
2nd PLACE - Lisa A. Wroble, Naples, Fla. – "Thicker Than Thieves," Chapter 1: Hope – Also for middle-school readers, the plot and action of this well-written historical fiction move along well.
3rd PLACE - Dorothy Davis Lyles, Stamford, Conn. – "Cat and Dog are Best Friends" – This innovative short story for young children cleverly weaves an ABC primer into an interesting and credible plot.
1st HM - Barbara Baig, Edmunds Township, Maine – "The Ice House" – Tightly written verses and an effective refrain present how-to information in this rhythmic, rhyming poem!
2nd HM - Carol Bennett, West Warwick, RI – "Sadie: A Revolutionary War Story," book chapter – Active verbs, an interesting era, and skillful use of dialogue move along this historical fiction.
3rd HM - A. Gwynn Henderson, Lexington, Ken. – "Hunting for Sounds" – This nonfiction article encourages outdoor activities and helps middle-grade readers to notice and identify bird calls.
4th HM - Jan Evans, Toccoa, Ga. – "Dandelions at Dawn" – Young children will identify with the familiar scene or learn what to expect in this rhythmic poem.
5th HM - Carol MacAllister, Boqueron, P.R. – "The Old Man and the Papaya, or Never Trust a Monkey" – The interesting setting and lively tale will appeal to young readers in this lively short story.
6th HM - Michael L. Thal, Sherman Oaks, Cal. – "Signs of Friendship" – This short story provides insight into the life of children who cannot hear but have the same needs and concerns as children who have not lost their hearing.
7th HM - Bekah Grace Schumm, Manhattan, Kan. – "Amy's New Life" – The novel chapter moves along an engaging story with an interesting setting, too.
8th HM - Susan T. Davis, Poughkeepsie, NY – "Feisty Dicey (1766-1837): A Courageous American Patriot," – This historical story article includes a bibliography that shows the author researched the era well.
9th HM - Cindy, Pontrelli, Green Cove Springs, Fla. – "Jellyfish Jam" – This lively, reader-friendly article presents middle-grade readers with interesting information about sea life.
10th HM - Carol Bennett, West Warwick, RI – "The Skaters" – From a historical novel, this chapter moves middle-grade readers through Redcoat territory.
PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED NONFICTION ARTICLE/ESSAY/BOOK CHAPTER
1st PLACE - Alessandra Bianchi, Marblehead, Mass. – "Earning Our Turns," Vermont Magazine – excellent writing; entertains while it informs; writer understands the music of language and plays it well
2nd PLACE - Kay Grant, Albuquerque, NM – "Stroke of (Evil) Genius," American Way – very well-written and organized
3rd PLACE - Kathleen Vestal Logan, Gulf Breeze, Fla. – "Climate Map: Thrive in Your Natural Growing Zone," Chapter 2: Second Blooming For Women – offers 'food for thought' without preaching; nice flow
1st HM - Marcelle Soviero, Wilton, Conn. – "Making Peace at My Ex-Husband's Seder," Salon – compelling read; no dull passages, well-told throughout
2nd HM - Marie Marley, Olathe, Kan. – "The Little Yellow One," Alzheimer's Reading Room
3rd HM - K. B. Schaller, Plantation, Fla. – "Native Code Talkers Too Much for the German Army," The Christian Post
4th HM - Paul Fein, Agawam, Mass. – "Should Caroline Wozniacki Rank No. 1 in the World?" Tennis
5th HM - Patrick Flanary, New York, NY – "Welcome to the Jungle," DRUM!
6th HM - K. B. Schaller, Plantationm Fla. – "Osama Bin Laden, Geronimo and the Native American Perspective," The Christian Post
7th HM - Marcelle Soviero, Wilton, Conn. – "Loving Lydia," Weston Magazine Group
8th HM - Barbara Baig, Edmunds Township, Maine – "The Talent Myth," The Writer
9th HM - Barbara Layman, Van Nuys, Calif. – "It Was All Started by a Mouse," Disney Dream File
10th HM - (tie) Sylvia Forbes, Fayette, Mo. – "There's No Place Like Home…in a Cave," Missouri Life
10th HM - (tie) Dr. Robert Norman, Tampa, Fla. – "A Dermatologist Treats an Anxious Patient," Discover
UNPUBLISHED NONFICTION ARTICLE/ESSAY/BOOK CHAPTER
1ST PLACE -Melanie Topp Cleveland, San Luis Obispo, Calif. –Poisoned, Chapter One: "Greenwoods's Greatest Scandal". – enticing first chapter; makes one want to read the book
2nd PLACE - Michael Moore, Rockwall, Tex. – I Am Moore, Chapter 37 – intriguing story
3rd PLACE - Kimberlee Esselstrom, Groveland, Fla. – "Fuchsia Envy," essay – good pacing
1st HM - Ira Spector, Coronado, Calif. – "Visit to a Third-World Country"
2nd HM - Ira Spector, Coronado, Calif. – ""Close Enough"
3rd HM - Charlotte Sundberg, Centerville, Mass. – My Life as a Motherless Daughter, Chapter 2
4th HM - Marie Marley, Olathe, Kan. – "Please Wear a Tux," book sub-chapter
5th HM - Irene Uttendorfsky, Port Leyden, NY – My Adirondack Summer, Chapter 1
6th HM - Jacquelyn Speir, Honolulu, HI – "Word Search," essay
7th HM - Cindy Pontrelle, Green Cove Springs, Fla. – "Transition"
8th HM - Lily Beck, Weaverville, NC – "The Grandfather"
9th HM - Kathleen Vestal Logan, Gulf Breeze, Fla. – "What Military People Wish You Knew about Their Family Life"
10th HM - (tie) Sylvia Forbes, Fayette, Mo. – "The Thrill of the Chase"
10th HM - (tie) Ann Kronwald, Chandler, Ariz. – "The Chase"
POETRY
1st PLACE - Joyce Shiver, Crystal River, Fla. – "The Sound of Lonesome" – True-to-form, this well-written sonnet immediately engages readers and maintains a mournful tone appropriate to the content.
2nd PLACE - Leslie C. Halpern, Oviedo, Fla. – "In-Laws' Moving Sale" – This free verse poem plays with light humor and fresh metaphors to represent stages of life with which most readers will identify.
3rd PLACE - Matthew Pearce, Celebration, Fla. – "Unforgiven" – Strong verbs, nouns, and emotions poetically portray a vivid scene with no words or time to spare.
1st HM - Carol Carpenter, Livonia, Mich. – "Cherry Poem" – Crisp metaphors snap underfoot in this tightly packed free verse, ready to be picked.
2nd HM - Catherine Moran, Little Rock, Ark. – "A dissertation on the classroom"
3rd HM - Betsy Humphreys, Granite Falls. NC – "In the Groove" – A jazzy form bumps up the music in this lively free verse poem.
4th HM - Alise Versella, Lanoka Harbor, NJ – "For S. L. V." – Humorous insight, lively metaphors, and a fresh view elevated this free verse poem.
5th HM - Joan Weiner, Weaverville, NC – "New Bed" – Readers can easily envision this snatch of story.
6th HM - Carol Dee Meeks, Tulsa, Okla. – "If You Listen, You Can Hear It" – This sonnet stays in tune and form in a situational poem that most readers can relate to and hear.
7th HM - Betsy Humphreys, Granite Falls, NC – "Learning Japanese at Nikka Yuko Garden" – This fresh free verse provides cultural interest and, perhaps, the outline for a poetry chapbook.
8th HM - Ruan Wright, Bolingbrook, Ill. – "What I Can't Hear" – The simplicity of this poem and its poignant ending will draw pet lovers, especially this dog lover, who, she is sad to say, identifies with the scene at this very moment.
9th HM - Geraldine Bass, Olathe, Kan. – "It's Two O' Clock in the Morning" – Every parent or caregiver will relate to this humorous poem with its appropriate, one-beat rhythm

 

2011 Writers-Editors Network Annual International Writing Competition - WINNERS
(HM = Honorable Mention)
SHORT STORY - UNPUBLISHED
1st PLACE - Pati Anderson, Apopka, FL – "Grace's Tree" - Literary: well-written; just enough adjectives & description to take reader inside the story
2nd  PLACE - Linda Newman, San Mateo, CA – "Family Secrets" - Literary: good story, consistently carried out. Story within the story well done & not contrived. Well-written, good flow.
3rd  PLACE - Pati Anderson, Apopka, FL – "A Saucerful of Secrets" - Literary: very good word choices. Great descriptions that are original and creative without overkill. Well-done.
1st  HM - Mary E.  Nelson, Salt Lake City, UT – "Cecilio Breaks the Law" - Literary
2nd HM - D. S. Akin, Chuluota, FL – "Reflections" - Literary
3rd HM - Christine McGoron, Perry MI – "Arnie's Magic Marbles" - Children's Literature
4th HM - Patricia A. Williams, Boynton Beach, FL – "A Slippery Slope"
5th HM - Jacquelyn Speir, Haleiwa, HI – "The Neighbors"
6th HM - Sarah Paquette, Corpus Christi, TX – "Spaghetti Dinners" - Literary
7th HM - Kimberlee Esselstrom, Groveland, FL – "The Wrinkled Teabag"
8th HM - Elizabeth Orendorff, Apopka, FL – "Thy Will Be Done" - Literary
9th HM - Russell Mansum, Altamonte Springs, FL – "Saving Keys" - Literary
10th HM - Morton M. Rumberg, Gold River, CA – "The Marker" - Science Fiction/Fantasy
NOVEL CHAPTER - UNPUBLISHED
1st PLACE - Patricia Cox, Phoenix, AZ – "Chasm Creek - Chapter One" - If author of Chasm Creek does not have an agent, he/she should have one for this outstanding, well-written novel. Good luck with having it published!
2nd PLACE - Irene Uttendorfsky, Port Leyden, NY – "Taken By Mosby, Chapter One" - great potential; good story, well-written
3rd PLACE - Patricia A. Cox, Phoenix, AZ – "Redemption, Chapter One" - great potential; good story, well-written
1st HM - Patricia A. Cox, Phoenix, AZ – "Chasm Creek - Chapter Thirty-Eight"
2nd HM - John J. White, Merritt Island, FL – "Cutter - Chapter 1"
3rd HM - Susan Reeves, San Diego, CA – "Black Amethyst, Chapter One"
4th HM - Persis Granger, Warrensburg, NY – "The Writer's Retreat, Chapter 1"
5th HM - Ben Sharpton, Roswell, GA – "The Third Option, Chapter One"
6th HM - Cara S. Achterberg, New Freedom, PA – "I'm Not Her, Chapter 1"
7th HM - James Cary, Boynton Beach, FL – "The Fires of Mammon, Chapter 1"
8th HM - Robert E. Marvin, Bradenton, FL – "The Crystal Revelation, Chapter 1: Good Friday 1101 A.D."
9th HM - Patricia A. Williams, Boynton Beach, FL – "The Two Weddings of Zhao Ping, Chapter 1"
10th HM - Joyce Holland, Fort Walton Beach, FL – "Mister Immortal, First Chapter" - Science Fiction
CHILDREN'S LITERATURE
1st PLACE - Jenne Acevedo, Chandler, AZ – "Silly Little Feet" - children's picture book: very age-appropriate and appealing in its simplicity
2nd PLACE - Linda Zajac, Vernon, CT – "Winter in No Man's 0Land" - nonfiction article: well-researched, well-written
3rd PLACE - Verna Safran, Sarasota, FL – "Gerbil Heaven" - story: fresh view of the real life and needs of a favorite pet for children
1st HM - Verna Safran, Sarasota, FL – "Harry Hall Plays Basketball" - poem: fun story poem kids will relate to and enjoy
2nd HM - Keladria Boyt, Tucson, AZ – "Clive, the Trash-Talking Monkey" - chapter of novel: super lively, humorous story
3rd HM - Barbara H. Shaver, Danville, VA – "It All Adds Up" - fiction: fresh story treatment of math and money
4th HM - Susan T. Davis, Poughkeepsie, NY – "Buddy: The Dog With A Job" - article: well-researched information to interest the age group
5th HM - D. Harlow Timpko, Broadlands, VA – "The Ice Cube Witch" - short story: fresh approach to an important topic for kids
6th HM - Kimberlee Esselstrom, Groveland, FL – "Picture Postcard Pastime" - nonfiction article: researched good idea
7th HM - Lisa A. Wroble, Naples, FL – "Orphan Express" - first chapter of historical fiction: well-written - story moves along
8th HM - Douglas Heil, Oshkosh, WI – "Obnoxious Obfuscation" - book chapter: unusual adventure into words and grammar
9th HM - Patti J. Kurtz, Minot, ND – "The Return Of The Mirage, Part I" - YA book chapter: different view from the race track
10th HM - Gail Hedrick, Bradenton, FL – "Something Stinks Here" - book chapter: conversational style with reader appeal

PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED NONFICTION ARTICLE/ESSAY/BOOK CHAPTER
1st PLACE - Kay Grant, Albuquerque, NM – "Stroke of (Evil) Genius," American Way "particularly well-written - obviously a professional writer, one who has honed his/her craft very well"
2nd PLACE - Paul Fein, Agawam, MA – "Rafael Nadal: International Sports Star of the Year," Sports Illustrated
3rd PLACE - Mark Hawthorne, San Jose, CA – "Injustice for All," VegNews
1st HM - Paul Fein, Agawam, MA – "Agassi vs. Sampras: The Rivalry That Never Ends," Tennis Life
2nd HM - Michael Lang, Durham, NH – "Kidney Transplant: My Family's Journey," UNH Magazine
3rd HM - Daniel J. Waters, Clear Lake, IA – "Heart, Attacked," Journal of the American Medical Association
4th HM - Patrick Flanary, Tampa, FL – "Jack is Back!," Drum! Magazine
5th HM - Patrick Flanary, Tampa, FL – "Florida Prisoners are Feeling the Heat," Tampa Tribune
6th HM - Kate Ruland-Thorne, Grand Junction, CO – "She Killed Them Because She Loved Them." Sedona Magazine
7th HM - Ronda Armstrong, Des Moines, IA – "The Magic of the Mess," Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Mom
8th HM - Isa "Kitty" Mady, Montesano, WA – "Me and Motors," Seniors Sunset Times
9th HM - Eric Dusenbery, DeLand, FL – "Worm Grunting: Science and Folklore in the Sunshine State," Acres U.S.A.
10th HM - Mali R. Schantz-Feld, Seminole, FL – "Sleep: An Introduction," from Understanding Drugs – Sleep Drugs, Chapter 1
UNPUBLISHED NONFICTION ARTICLE/ESSAY/BOOK CHAPTER
(judge's comments on first 4 places as a group: "well-written. original, creative – more than worthy of being published – copy, story flows – good word choice – reader wants to continue to end"
1ST PLACE - A. Kronwald, Chandler, AZ – "Adventures in Staying"
2nd PLACE - Katherine J. Leisering, Ph.D., Parkersburg, WV – "Peg O' My Heart"
3rd PLACE - Geraldine Guadagno, Canyon Lake, TX – "Freckles and Olives" - essay
1st HM - Regina Y. LeVerrier, Grand Junction, CO – "A Hole in My Soul" - essay
nd HM - Katherine J. Leisering, Ph.D., Parkersburg, WV – "Trust Me! I'm a Psychic!"
3rd HM - Regina Y. LeVerrier, Grand Junction, CO – "Drowning the Dynamic Duo"
4th HM - Regina Y. LeVerrier, Grand Junction, CO – "Just Like Dad" - essay
5th HM -Kimberlee Esselstrom, Grovveland, FL – "The Purrfect Salad"
6th HM - Leslie C. Halpern, Oviedo, FL – "White Tux Travesty" - essay
7th HM - Joy Wooderson, O'Fallon, MO – "Bougainvillea and Barbed Wire" - book chapter
8th HM - Linda Hudson Hoagland, North Tazewell, VA – "Getting Myself Primed"
9th HM - Kassandra Nelson, Colorado Springs, CO – "Deliberate Indifference" - essay
10th HM - Paul Winick, Hollywood, FL – "Not About the Boxing"
POETRY
1st PLACE - Tanya O'Nan, Madison, IN – "Mamas Wear the Pants," free verse: humorous, entertaining story with insight and sensory appeal
2nd PLACE - JoAnn White, Watertown, NY – "The Chickadee," traditional poem, couplets set in quatrains: tightly written with appealing simplicity
3rd PLACE - Joyce Shiver, Crystal River, FL – "Widow of the Storm," traditional form, villanelle: fresh treatment, emotionally engaging, true to form
1st HM - Carol Dee Meeks, Tulsa, OK – "Eventually First May Come Her Way," villanelle: well-written and true to form
2nd HM - Erna Hennessy, San Francisco, CA – "The Game Is Up," free verse: tightly written humor, well-said
3rd HM - Joyce Holland, Fort Walton Beach, FL – "Gentle Joe Peck," ballad: lively story, good rhythm and form
4th HM - Sandy Fink, Dowling Park, FL – "Hair," haiku: light humor, reader identification
5th HM - Joan Weiner, Weaverville, NC – "I Want Words," free verse: fresh figurative language, very visual
6th HM - Ash Krafton, Barnesville, PA – "To Sleep, No More," traditional verse: memorable rhythmic refrain
7th HM - Tanya O'Nan, Madison, IN – "Hard Times," free verse: strong imagery and perspective
8th HM - Constance Golden, Duanesburg, NY – "Back," traditional quatrains: positive take on aging
9th HM - Michelle Lay, Arlington, TX – "Masquerade," free verse: tight writing, timely perspective
10th HM - Isa "Kitty" Mady," Montesano, WA – "Ode to a Jacaranda," rhyming verse: poignant ending

 

2010 Writers-Editors Network Annual International Writing Competition - WINNERS
(HM = Honorable Mention)

SHORT STORY - UNPUBLISHED
1st PLACE - Marc Littman, Granada Hills, CA – "God's Train to Auschwitz"
2nd  PLACE - Barbara Pinsof, Boca Raton, FL – "The Collector"
3rd  PLACE - Alicia Stankay, Ambridge, PA – "Inspiration"
1st  HM - Barbara Pinsof, Boca Raton, FL – "The Beach"
2nd HM - Geraldine Bass, Olathe, KS – "The Dream"
3rd HM - J. J. White, Merritt Island, FL – "Oil Man"
4th HM - Steve Gordy, Aiken, SC – "Woman in Light, Man in Shadow"
5th HM - Jean Cottrell Pence, Sun City Center, FL – "On Cottonmouth Wallow Road"
6th HM - Linda Smith, San Mateo, CA – "Deception"
7th HM - Jan Cline, Spokane Valley, WA – "The Rescuer"
8th HM - W. E. Reinka, Eugene, OR – "An Old Fashioned Murder"
9th HM - Paul Winick, Hollywood, FL – "Sorel's Song"
10th HM - Norma Von Deck, Delray Beach, FL – "Bottled Up"
11th HM - Dr. Jamie Y. Marable, Tuscaloosa, AL – "Granny's Love Potion"

NOVEL CHAPTER - UNPUBLISHED
1st PLACE - Jack Riley, Yuma, AZ – "Deadrun" – Chapter One
2nd PLACE - Joseph Vicara, Hartsdale, NY – "The Calling" – Chapter: The Last Supper
3rd PLACE - Carol MacAllister, Boqueron, PR – "God Only Watches" – Chapter 2
1st HM - Gale Martin, Lititz, PA – "Deviled By Don" – Chapter 19: The Divo
2nd HM - Carol MacAllister, Boqueron, PR – "God Only Watches" – Chapter 23
3rd HM - Joseph J. Bakewell, Boxford, MA – "Strike"
4th HM - Scott Jones, Angel Fire, NM – "Jupiter and Gilgamesh"
5th HM - Patti J. Kurtz, Minot, ND – "The Disappearance of Amy Martinez" – Chapter 35
6th HM - Bharti Kirchner, Seattle, WA – "Maria's Marriage: A Novel of the 17th Century"
7th HM - Joyce Fox and Lee Kane Roen, Boynton Beach, FL – "Why Me?" – Chapter One
8th HM - Erna Mueller, Kirkland, WA – "Dog Heaven" – Chapter Six
9th HM - Camelia Townsend, Great Falls, VA – "A Suspicious Encounter in the Heart of Washington"
10th HM - Michelle Giles, Neptune, NJ – "Larchwood Manor"

CHILDREN'S LITERATURE
1st PLACE - Linda Zajac, Vernon, CT – "The Ice Birds in a Warming Land" - nonfiction book chapter, ages 9-12: well-written, interesting, well-researched, well-written, and appropriate to the age group
2nd PLACE - Darlene A. Buechel, Chilton, WI – "Nikki Slater - Chocolate Hater" - short story, ages 10-14: fresh, realistic portrayal of an important topic told with humor
3rd PLACE - Jeffrey Ketterman, York, PA – "How Many Socks?" picture book, ages 2-8: lively, perennial topic of interest to young children
1st HM - Shari Garcia, Newtown, CT – "Treasure, Chapter One" - book chapter, ages 6-11: reader appeal, mystery interest
2nd HM - Erik X. Raj, Jackson, NJ – "One Seashell, Two Seashell, Flap, Flap, Flap" - picture book: hildren's picture book: lively, fresh story
3rd HM - J. M. Hughes, Pasadena, CA – "Atlutaq's Luck" - short story, ages 10-12: unusual story and setting
4th HM - Carla J. Trabert, Columbia City, IN – "One Blue Monkey" - poem, ages 4-8: clever combination of numbers, colors, and animals 
5th HM - Melissa Killian, Cheswick, PA – "The Cricket" - short story, ages 8-12: age appropriate, reader identification, well-written
6th HM - Michael L. Thal, Sherman Oaks, CA – "The Haunted Hotel" - short story, ages 8-12: adventurous
7th HM - W. E. Reinka, Eugene, OR – "Max Schmeling - Hitler's 'White Hope'" - book chapter, ages 8-12: historical interest
8th HM - Michelle L. Brown, Wellington, KS – "Southpaw Politicians" - nonfiction article, ages 8-12: interesting information, age appropriate

PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED NONFICTION ARTICLE/ESSAY/BOOK CHAPTER
1st PLACE - Mark Hawthorne, Rohnert Park, CA – "Feeding the Future" – VegNews
2nd PLACE - Linda Zajac, Vernon, CT – "The Vinland Map: The Vikings' Best Kept Secret" – ChemMatters
3rd PLACE - Ruth Hebel-Petrauskas, Oakville, CT – "American Soldiers – A German Family – German Life
1st HM - Eric Krueger, Clovis, CA – "Jackie O.'s N. J." – The New York Times
2nd HM - Christy Wise, Washington, DC – "Memory Book" – Bayou Magazine
3rd HM - Ronda Armstrong, Des Moines, IA – "Laughs, Prayers, and Every Bloomin' Thing" – Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times, Tough People
4th HM - Kay Grant, Albuquerque, NM – "The Center of the Universe" – Cowboys & Indians
5th HM - Paul Fein, Agawam, MA – "How to Play in the Wind – and Win" – Sportstar
6th HM - Ronda Armstrong, Des Moines, IA – "Peppermint Mama" – The Des Moines Register
7th HM - Ronda Armstrong, Des Moines, IA – "Let's Learn to Feast on Our Blessings Every Day" – The Des Moines Register
8th HM - Carol J. Perry, Madeira Beach, FL – "Protests, Prisons and Postcards" – Barr's Post Card News
9th HM - Sue Blue, Sarasota, FL – "The Colonel" – Scene Magazine
10th HM - Betty Bogart, Boynton Beach, FL – "Unforgettable" – Chicken Soup for the Soul: True Love

UNPUBLISHED NONFICTION ARTICLE/ESSAY/BOOK CHAPTER
1ST PLACE - W. E. Reinka, Eugene, OR – "Chest Hair"
2nd PLACE - Christine Osborne, Joesborough, TN – "God, Find Me My Mountain"
3rd PLACE - Kimberlee Esselstrom, Groveland, FL – "It Only Takes a Second"
1st HM - Christy Wise, Washington, DC – "Not Knowing a Man"
2nd HM - Cynthia A. Anderson, Chapel Hill, NC – "The Clock Stops"
3rd HM - John Laue, La Selva Beach, CA – 'An Education: My Time as a White Musician in a Black Blues Band'
4th HM - Myrna Skurnick, Boca Raton, FL – "A Sign of 'The Times'"
5th HM - Paul Winick, Hollywood, FL – "Calling"
6th HM - Christine Osborne, Jonesborough, TN – "Mattie's Place"
7th HM - Jan Sherbin, Cincinnati, OH – "Under Fire"
8th HM - Paul Winick, Hollywood, FL – "Tureen"
9th HM - Myrna Gordon Skurnick, Boca Raton, FL – "My Love Story"
10th HM - Barbara Oehlbeck, LaBelle, FL – "Cascade"

POETRY
1st PLACE - Morgan Baylog Finn, New Hartford, CT – "I Drive Through Canaan to Shagroy Market" - sonnet: literary quality, well-crafted, fresh analogy, strong visuals
2nd PLACE - Tanya O'Nan, Madison, IN – "Southern Royalty" - free verse: engaging, lively story with fresh metaphors and humorous ending
3rd PLACE - Catherine Moran, Little Rock, AR – "Fiat Lux" - free verse: crisp imagery, insightful, strong ending
1st HM - Joyce Shiver, Crystal River, FL – "Golden Youth" - villanelle: true to form, strong reader identification
2nd HM - Susan E. Hansen, South Lyon, MI – "Earthquake" - free verse: well-written, interesting perspective
3rd HM - Lee Ann Russell, Springfield, MO – "Mustang Ranch" - hymn stanzas: humorous, tightly written, unusual view
4th HM - Lee Ann Russell, Springfield, MO – "Bag Lady" - quatern:  effective use of form, tightly written
5th HM - Joyce Shiver, Crystal River, FL – "Dogwood Time" - double sonnet: sense of story, emotional impact
6th HM - Alice Liu, Saratoga, CA – "Forever Friend" - sonnet: fresh analogy, true to form
7th HM - Lee Ann Russell, Springfield, MO – "Vacancy" - sonnet: true to form, well-crafted
8th HM - Michelle Hickman, San Diego, CA – "Candlelight" - free verse: figurative language, visual

 

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