Winners announced in Celebrate Writing Contest

"The winners have been named in the 2001 Whidbey Island Writers' Association contest, Celebrate Writing. Piloted on the Southend last year, the contest was open this year to all Island communities, drawing a record 126 entries. The contest, which precedes the Whidbey Island Writers' Conference March 2-4, is sponsored to promote the joy of writing and the fun of sharing it in the Whidbey Island community.Contest winners are: *Poetry (the most popular category): 1st Place, Barbara Read, Coming to Terms; 2nd, Christina Buyose, Midnight Canoe; 3rd, Jack McPherson, Ask Her to Dance; and tying for 4th, Jackie Griesinger, September Spider and Perry Scott Woodfin, Norway.*Short Fiction: 1st Place, Treva L. Carter, Sara's Gift; 2nd, Gloria Koll, Libby Town Team; 3rd, Richard Bennett, Kitty Litter; and 4th, Nancy Bartlett, Redding.*Children's Literature (new this year): 1st Place, Susan Prescott, Banya--A Visit to a Russian Public Bath; 2nd, Beverly Casebeer, Boa, the Greedy Snake; tying for 3rd, Eric Hood, King Crawdad and Judith Adams, The Rag Box Cat; and tying for 4th, Sandra McGillvray Ortgies, Hallie's House Rides on a Truck and Theresa Lidral, The Mousleys Find a Kitten.*Essay: 1st Place, Diane V. Adair, The Choice; 2nd, Vivian McCluney, It's a Dog's Life; tying for 3rd, Julie Quiring, Parenting, Bridge, and Being Naked and Alice Hansen, Life Lessons and Chocolate Pudding; and tying for 4th, Edna M. Hansen, Helping Kids Learn Is Everybody's Business and Judy Hannon, Will I have the Courage...*Life History: 1st Place, Ruth Jordan Culbertson, Useful Beauty; 2nd, Lorraine Healy, Foreign Languages; 3rd, Julie Quiring, New Year 2001; and tying for 4th, Luanne Raavel, When Every Day There Was a Flurry and Barbara Read, Courage on Fairview Avenue.This year's winners will be recognized and honored at the Whidbey IslandWriters' Conference reception and booksigning event on March 3 at South Whidbey High School. Manuscripts are on display at the Langley, Coupeville and Oak Harbor libraries.The Celebrate Writing Contest will be an annual event on Whidbey Island, said contest coordinators Leann Chrisman and Dorothy Read. "

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