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Competition finds Whidbey Island’s greatest writers

Winners and top finishers of the The Spirit of Writing Competition, 2011, sponsored by the Whidbey Island Writers Association, have been announced.

Poetry: 1st, “Yonder Mountain” by Russ Massengale, Oak Harbor; 2nd, “Garden Requiem” by Clairann Haney, Oak Harbor; 3rd, “Shuttle Soundings” by Martha McCartney, Coupeville.

Memoir: 1st, “We Don’t Pick Scabs Here” by Penelope Stuart Bourk, Clinton; 2nd, “Heaven Doesn’t Look Like Colorado,” by Alan Carpenter, Freeland; 3rd, “Mama’s Baby” by Martha Martin, Langley.

Essay: 1st, “Crossing Hecate” by Penelope Stuart Bourk, Clinton; 2nd, “Making Great Time” by Karen Stevens, Coulee City; 3rd, “Late in Life Love” by Carolyn G Tamler, Greenbank.

Children’s Literature: 1st, “The Dragon Rose” by Chris Korrow, Langley; 2nd, “The Trouble with John” by Catherine Spane, Camano Island; 3rd,  “The Whooparee” by Stan Thomas, Oak Harbor.

Fiction: 1st, “Bubble-Up in Dell’s Diner” by Chris Spencer, Langley; 2nd, “A Heart-colored Crevasse” by Rebecca Olson, Oak Harbor.

“Congratulations to all,” said Dot Read and Marilyn Brownstein, coordinators of The Spirit of Writing.


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