Winners Circle Contests

The Winners Circle membership is composed of writers who have won first prize in any of our previous contests.  We began this in the 2019 contest year. The idea was to have a separate contest for these excellent writers so that newer and less experienced writers would stand a better chance of winning one of our four regular contests.  So, although these writers can't compete in regular contests, the winning of the Winners Circle contest is quite a feat, since the competition consists of our finest writers.  

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2022

Open Nonfiction

  • Winner
  •  Thomas Turman--The 49ers at Benito Juarez Hospital
  •  Runner-Up
  • Sara Etgen-Baker--Intangible Ingredients
  •  Other Finalists
  •  Linda A. Dougherty--Grandmom Kate
  •  Maureen Moynihan--The Playboy
  •  Giles Ryan--Staying
  •  Karen Treanor--Fostering Felines


  • 2021

    Open Nonfiction

    Winner

    Doug Sherr--A Conventional Riot

    Runner-Up

    Albert Vetere Lannon--The Block



    2020

    Biographical Nonfiction

    Winner

    Nancy Massand--Not Your Mother's Pumpkin Patch

    General Nonfiction

    Winner

    Kathryn Lynch--The Lady Who Wears Dead Foxes

    2019 - (Winners Circle Contest Begins)


    Open Nonfiction

    Isabel Bearman Bucher--My Maisie

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    Regular Contest Winners And The Stories That Got Them Into The Winners Circle


    2021

    Animal Nonfiction


    Thomas Turman--Cookie

    General Nonfiction

    Tom Carroll--9-11: An Alaskan Guide's Tale

    Biographical Nonfiction

    Stephanie Wilder--Birthdays Behind Bars

    Travel Nonfiction

    Giles Ryan--El Viejo

    2020

    Travel Nonfiction

    Linda Dougherty--Once Upon a Mountain

    General Nonfiction

    Diya Sabharwal--Hairetical: A Historical of Hair in my Sikh Family


    Biographical Nonfiction

    Maureen Moynihan--The Catcher in the Rye

    Animal Nonfiction

    Bonnie Crandall--The Bird Can't Find The Sky

    2019

    General Nonfiction

    Anne Organista--Not Just Another History Lesson

    Travel (tie)

    Douglas Holub--Air Adventure

    Charleine Sell--Two Years In Kadugli


    Biographical

    Doug Sherr--Another Little Christmas Tale

    Animal Story 


    Don Shook--Five Pounder

    2018

    Animal Story

    Bill Cox--The Hill

    Biographical

    Kathryn Lynch--The Wailing Sound

    General  

    Sara Etgen-Baker--The Stranger in the Box

    Travel

    Albert Vetere Lannon--Me and Ishkabibble and the Wild Places

    2017

    General (tie)

    Karen Treanor--Ravin' Mad 

    Joni Bour—The Man and the Moon

    Biographical

    William Larsen--Sanctuary

    Travel

    Evan Balkan--A Beautiful and Haunted Tune

    2016

    General

    James Sclater--Hosing down Lootie Seton 

    Biographical

    Karen Treanor--Our Garden Goes To Pot

    Travel

    Charles Hartley--Norwegian Nightmare

    2015 

    General

    Shivaji Moitra--Divine Connections 

    Biographical

    Carl Winderl--A Half-Empty Mayonnaise Jar

    Travel

    Karen Radford Treanor--The Trip of a Lifetime

    2014

    General

    Nancy Loera--Grandpa's Time Machine

    Biographical

    Carl Winderl--The Girl on the Cover of Seventeen

    Travel

    Frank Mann--Jungle Cruise From Hell

    2013 

    General

    Nancy Massand--This is a Public Bus

    Biographical

    L. Rehfuss--He's Coming For Me (?)

    Travel (tie)

    Dick Miller--My First Road Trip

    Isabel Bearman Bucher--Happy Birthday To Me

    2012

    Travel

    Isabel Bearman Bucher--The Stream

    General

    Nancy Massand--Mechanics and Spelling

    2011

    Travel

    Mary McIntosh--Christmas Breakfast in the Himalayas

    General

    Megan Cooper--Shadow of Death

    2010

    Travel

    Charlotte Houde Quimby--Burying Andrew (?)

    General (tie)

    Valerie Byron--Mr. Wrong 

    Peter Merkl--A Parent's Trilogy (?)

    2009

    General

    John Poole--Outstanding Debts (?)

    Travel

    Jasmine Maharisi--Reconnecting: Oaxaca, Mexico

    2008

    General

    Kay Harper--When I Went to the Moon With a Wink and a Prayer

    Travel

    Mary McIntosh--My Serendipity Travels

    2007

    General

    Lance Wills--Two Tigers

    Travel

    Eric Roman--Medelite Mambuella

    2006

    General

    Joni Bour--What I Learned at Twenty-Three

    Travel

    Sonja Herbert--Peace In The Valley (?)

    2005

    General

    Elaine Greensmith Jordan--California, 1942  (?)

    Travel (tie)

    Lise Charlebois--Corsican Nights (?)

    Laurie Levinger--Teaching English In Guatemala (?)

    2004

    General

    Ehichoya Ekozilen--A Positive Adjournment (?)

    Travel

    Tracy Koret--Diplomacy As A Second Language (?)

    2003

    General

    Judith Nakken--American Patch

    Travel

    Alana Semuels--The Hands That Grab In Tangier (?)

    2002

    General (tie)

    K. S. Anthony--Lockhart's Bar: A Love Story 

    Peter Lamb--Tippi Hedren And The Pointy Tree (?)

    Travel (tie)

    Francesca Rheannon --The Sheep's Blessing (?)

    Linda Zespy--The Winds of Patagonia (?)

    2001

    Nonfiction

    Travis Humphreys--Flowers In My Garden

    2000

    Nonfiction

    Ann Beckham—Zadie

    Fiction (tie)

    Christina Cimino--The Carwash

    Ali Hurley--Never—Never Take The Easy Way Out (?)

    1999

    Open Nonfiction

    Wally Hoffman--We Get Our Feet Wet

    Short Nonfiction

    M. Sandra Babcock--Confronting The Evil (?)

    Open Fiction

    Rick Sorensen--The Rosebush and Other Tales from Billy's Bar (?) 

    Short Fiction

    Jamie Winpenny--Meet Wally (?)

    1998

    Open Fiction (tie)

    Dante Cinelli--Too Many Brass Rings 

    Barbara Herrick--A Sign (?)

    Short Nonfiction

    Frank Mann--A Resurrection To Remember

    Open Nonfiction (3 way tie)

    Wally HoffmanReality

    Dante Cinelli--Alba Of The Mountains 

    Renie Burghard--Refugee Camp Princess (?)



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