Writing Contest assistant chair, Maureen Noel-Coates and committee member, Barbara Henderson-Wragge presented all of the first place Writing Contest winners with a small glass New Zealand fern to commemorate the wins and the theme of the Convention and location in Rotorua. All the winning contestants received a convention-themed certificate to take home and proudly display their accomplishments.
Because we celebrate two terms, the list of happy POWERtalk writers who placed in the competition is quite long. Look to see if your club or region is represented here:
2013-2014FictionFirst Place: Nissa Elsey AC, New Zealand for Moonlight EscapadeSecond Place: Geraldine Lightfoot DC, Northeast (Canada) for Miracles Do HappenThird Place: Pamela Maith, Blue Ridge (USA) for Lottery DreamsNon-FictionFirst Place: Carole Ford, Pollok Shields , Great Britain Region for CarsSecond Place: Bobbi Lyons* for My Faithful Friends (about her pet dogs)Third Place: Ann Sadedin, Australia for Ding Dong the Witch is DeadPoetryFirst Place: Ann Sadedin, Australia for To Ask the Right QuestionSecond Place: Margaret Dockrill AC, New Zealand for The GliderThird Place: Carrolyn Pichet, Blue Ridge (USA) for The Beauty Within* Longtime past International Writing Contest Committee Chair, Golden West region member, Bobbi Lyons, passed away before the winners were determined, in 2014. Her family was contacted and they appreciated being notified of her win.
FictionFirst Place: Joan Frank SC, Northwest (USA) for Perfect StrangersSecond Place: Mary Wong SC, Australian Region for Running Into the GardenThird Place: Karen Sherry SC, Northeast (Canada) for The WaitNon-FictionFirst Place: Margaret Craigie, New Zealand for Environment vs EconomySecond Place: Shelley Petley DC, Northeast (Canada) Adjust Your Attitude!Third Place: Irene Laidley DC, Northwest (Canada) Clotheslines Ar for Me. How About You?PoetryFirst Place: Ruth Levitsky, Northeast Region for Let Me Remind YouSecond Place: Faye Noel Brown, New Zealand for LifeThird Place: Merle Goldsmith, Australian Region for Full Moon
The committee has had mixed success getting the judges to provide evaluations and we have passed them on to the contestants whenever possible (last term was especially good!). Some of the judges would like to see a higher level of writing and particularly noted that more attention could be paid to the rhythm of poetry, not just the rhyme. So sharpen your pencils, members! Let's raise the bar and show them how POWERtalkers rise to a challenge!