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2021 Writing Contest Winners!

Memoir / Creative Nonfiction
Sponsor: Brenda Black

1st

"And I Always Will" — Ronda Del Boccio

2nd

"Black Monday" — Fay Guinn

3rd

"My Mother the Rabbit" — Annie Lisenby Smith

HM

"Young Tragedy" — Diane Yates



Nonfiction Article
Spnsor: Veda Boyd Jones

1st

"Cheating the Grim Reaper" — Billie Holladay Skelley

2nd

"Victoria Woodhull The First Woman to Run for President" — Larry Wood

3rd

"Lydia Pinkham's Powerful Potion" — Diana West



Crawford Humorous Anecdote

1st

"An Ozarks Preacher" — Annie Lisenby Smith

2nd

"Oops" — Fay Guinn

3rd

"Big Sister's Revenge" — Joy Keeney

1st HM

"Hot Potato" — Margarite Stever

2nd HM

"One More for the Road" — Russell Gayer

3rd HM

"The Last Laugh" — Billie Holladay Skelley



Crawford Poetry Prize
Sponsor: John Crawford

1st

"This Warrior" — Bonnie Tesh

2nd

"In the Middle of the Storm" — Annie Lisenby Smith

3rd

"Death Comes Slowly" — Rhonda Harvey

1st HM

"Singing Life" — Ronda Del Boccio

2nd HM

"Goodbye Old Friend" — Diane Yates

3rd HM

"Life's a Holiday" — Veda Boyd Jones



Haiku
Sponsor: Jan Morrill Vanek

1st

"Stellar" — Lori Freeze

2nd

"Daddy's Hand" — Joy Keeney

3rd

"The Nursing Home" — Russell Gayer

HM

"Stream Salvation" — Billie Holladay Skelley



Humorous Short Piece
Sponsor: Russell Gayer

1st

"Elvis, Bigfoot, and a Bicycle Built for Recycling" — Bonnie Tesh

2nd

"Scamming the Scammer" — Annie Lisenby Smith

3rd

"FEMA Responds to First Flood" — Diana West

HM

"Never Anger a Goddess" — Ronda Del Boccio



Flash Fiction
Sponsors: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields and Jan Fields

1st

"Marie's Music" — Bonnie Tesh

2nd

"My Last Days" — Kelly Kirby

3rd

"The Best Geocache Ever" — Annie Lisenby Smith



Inspirational Romance
Sponsor: Diane Yates

1st

"When Our Time Has Come" — Rochell Wisoff-Fields

2nd

"Strength from a Shattered Heart" — Annie Lisenby Smith

3rd

"The Summer of His Life" — Larry Wood

1st HM

"Becky's Valentine" — Margarite Stever

2nd HM

"The Journal" — April Brock



"I Didn't See That Coming" O. Henry Style Story
Sponsor: Bud Hanks

1st

"A Marvelous Sunrise" — Caroline Giammanco

2nd

"He's a Rebel" — Larry Wood

3rd

"The Old Lady" — Veronica Burnish

HM

"Order Up" — Ronda Del Boccio



Paranormal Western
Sponsor: Bud Hanks

1st

"Devil's Gap" — Joy Keeney

2nd

"Doc. Eli" — Terry Alexander

3rd

"Pink" — Diane Smithey

HM

"The Ghost Picture" — Larry Wood



Western Short Story
Sponsor: Nancy Hartney

1st

"Love in the Old West" — Margarite Stever

2nd

"The Cards You're Dealt" — Caroline Giammanco

3rd

"Waiting at Home" — Billie Holladay Skelley

1st HM

"Inspection at Cat's House" — Ronda Del Boccio

2nd HM

"Showdown at Short Creek" — Larry Wood

3rd HM

"Buckskins and Lace" — Russell Gayer



"Write the Old Stuff" Historical Fiction
Sponsor: Nancy Hartney

1st

"Black and White in Living Color" — Diane yates

2nd

"The Christmas Angel" — Billie Holladay Skelley

3rd

"Dancing in the Shadows" — Annie Lisenby Smith

HM

"Silverwood Asylum" — Joy Keeney



Jeanie's First Love
Sponsor: Bonnie and Dick Tesh

1st

"A Lady Indeed" — Caroline Giammanco

2nd

"Orphan Train Girl" — Larry Wood

3rd

"Somebody Special" — Ronda Del Boccio



Best First Page of a Novel Work in Progress
Sponsors: The Prose Squad:
April Brock, Bonnie Tesh, Darrell Lacey, and Margarite Stever

1st

"Baby, It's Cold Out Here" — Russell Gayer

2nd

"Crystal Carrier" — Terry McDermid

3rd

"The Quest" — Lori Freeze

1st HM

"Deadly Memories" — Larry Wood

2nd HM

"Love's Fate" — Diane Yates



Best Fiction Book of 2020
Sponsor: Billie Holladay Skelley

"Impossible Fate" — Diane Yates

Best Nonfiction Book of 2020
Sponsor: Veda Boyd Jones

"Midnight Assassinations and Other Evildoings:
A Criminal History of Jasper County, Missouri" — Larry Wood