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Nancy Pearl Winners

Literary/Mainstream

 

Wander

By Lori Tobias

Set in the 1980s in the rural community of Bidarkee Bay, Alaska, a fictional area the size of a small state with a population of barely 20,000, Wander is the story of Patrice "Pete" Nash, a young broadcast reporter who finds herself facing the winter alone after her husband, Nate, accepts a job on "the slope." As Pete pursues the next big breaking news story, she strikes up a friendship with the new guy in town, the Ivy League-educated Ren, who recites poetry and lives in the family-owned, vacant inn. Their friendship offers a glimpse of a different kind of life - one that seems to Pete to offer everything marriage to the country-raised Nate does not. But unbeknown to Pete, Ren has come to Alaska for his own dark reasons - to end his life. By the time, Nate returns home, their lives have been irrevocably changed. One man is dead, two others missing and a third forever lost to them.

 

 

 

 

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Eliza Waite

By Ashley E. Sweeney

After the tragic death of her husband and son on a remote island in Washington’s San Juan Islands, Eliza Waite joins the throng of miners, fortune hunters, business owners, con men, and prostitutes traveling north to the Klondike in the spring of 1898. When Eliza arrives in Skagway, Alaska, she has less than fifty dollars to her name and not a friend in the world―but with some savvy, and with the help of some unsavory characters, Eliza opens a successful bakery on Skagway’s main street and befriends a madam at a neighboring bordello. Occupying this space―a place somewhere between traditional and nontraditional feminine roles―Eliza awakens emotionally and sexually. But when an unprincipled man from her past turns up in Skagway, Eliza is fearful that she will be unable to conceal her identity and move forward with her new life.

 

 

 

 

Literary Contest Winners

Mainstream:


  1st Place:

"The King is Dead" by Jodi Freeman


  2nd Place:

"Silent Witnesses" by Kim Lajevardi


  3nd Place:

"Tailwinds Past Florence" by Doug Walsh


Middle Grade:

 

  1st Place:

"The Thunderbird Seeker" by Sean Fletcher


  2nd Place:

"Ticket to the Between" by Jeanette Mendell


  3nd Place:

'The Piper's Prophecy' by Debbie Izzi


 

Historical - Sponsored by Pam Binder:

  1st Place:

"Blackbird Singing"  by Kristin Beck


  2nd Place:

"Hitler's Pawn" by Roger Collier


  3nd Place:

"Thatch's War" by J.L. Oakley

 

Nonfiction/Memoir - Sponsored by Donna Conrad:

   1st Place:

"Refraction" by Bruce Rettig


  2nd Place:

"The Reboot: 50 Dates with Myself" by Marie MacMillan


  3nd Place:

"There Must be Some Misunderstanding" by Jennifer Worick


Romance/Women's Fiction - Sponsored by Gerri Russell:


  1st Place:

"Guy Next Door" by Lisa Wanttaja


  2nd Place:

"A New Normal" by Megan Canterbury


  3nd Place:

"Wings of Heaven" by Kathleen Guimond


 

Poetry:

 
1st Place:

"Siren", "The Fall of '16", "Continentall Rift by David Anderson


  2nd Place:

"Believers" by Daniel Gutierrez


  3nd Place:

"For Better" by Cynthia Roberts


 


Mystery/Thriller - Sponsored by Robert Dugoni:

  1st Place:

"Faces in Stone" by Melee McGuire


  2nd Place:

"Into the Cold" by Bruce Funkhouser


  3nd Place:

"Bone Country" by Michael DuBeau

 

 

Short Story:

  1st Place:

"Boundless as the Sea" by Abigail Welborn


  2nd Place:

"The Bears Come at Night" by Margearet Bowman


  3nd Place:

"A Night at the Races" by Steven Briggs


  

Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Paranormal:


 
1st Place:

"Cold Blooded" by Rachel Macklin


  2nd Place:

"Dump Lords" by Becky Warden


  3nd Place:

"Deathless" by Shayn Fite

  

 

Childrens:

 
1st Place:

"Monster Insects" by Maria Marshall


  2nd Place:

"The Flying Filly" by Melissa G. Denny


  3nd Place:

"Night-Time is for Sleeping" by Ryan Roberts

 

 

 

Young Adult - Sponsored by Melinda Rucker Haynes:

  1st Place:

"Catch Out" by McKenzie Boyd


  2nd Place:

"Torrent of Light" by Elizabeth Amon


  3nd Place:

"The Untouchable" by Hemant Nayak


Adult Short Topics:

 
1st Place:

"Hold On" by Teresa H. Janssen


  2nd Place:

"Even in the Best of Families" by Elizabeth Francis


  3nd Place:

"Open Swim" by Susie Foster Hale




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