2009 Memoirs/Personal Essay Winners

Announcing the Memoirs/Personal Essay winners of the 78th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition

Memoirs/Personal Essay Winners


Winner:
Karen Z. Duffy
Ventnor NJ


  1. Stephen P. Koch
    Montgomery TX
  2. Sandra L. Staton-Taiwo
    York PA
  3. Denise Walsh Brown
    Canton OH
  4. Ebony Adomanis
    ALBUQUERQUE NM
  5. Marcelline Burns
    Oxnard CA
  6. Jennifer Scharf
    Boston MA
  7. Linda Aschbrenner
    Marshfield WI
  8. Eva Ditler
    Coronado CA
  9. Kathleen M. M. Long
    Beaver OR
  10. Dori Gillam
    Seattle WA
  11. Rachel Kuhnle
    Honey Creek IA
  12. Mark Abellera
    NYC NY
  13. Judy Belsky
    SEATTLE WA
  14. Barbara Pritchard
    Las Vegas NV
  15. Jerry Kaufmann
    Parma Heights OH
  16. Suzanne Handler
    Greenwood Village CO
  17. Joel Eckstein
    Los Angeles CA
  18. Susan Williamson
    Rural Hall NC
  19. Christopher Fahy
    Thomaston ME
  20. Sandra Lampella
    Portland OR
  21. Noelle Johnson
    House Springs MO
  22. Elizabeth Krakow
    Corte Madera CA
  23. Marcia J. J. Sargent
    Laguna Beach CA
  24. S. Belle Karper
    Calabasas CA
  25. Robynn Reilly
    Clovis CA
  26. Judy Belsky
    SEATTLE WA
  27. Ralph Ryan
    Redding CA
  28. Maria Feldman
    Chicago IL
  29. Deb Farrow
    East Haddam CT
  30. Alan Olifson
    sherman oaks CA
  31. Margaret Holeman
    Hope AK
  32. Veronica Sullivan
    Old Bridge NJ
  33. Lisa-marie Fusco
    Brandon FL
  34. Marcia Moston
    Taylors SC
  35. Barbara Chamberlain
    Aptos CA
  36. Dolores Runyon
    Dallas TX
  37. Dan Tomasulo
    Sea Girt NJ
  38. Lan Roberts
    San Jose CA
  39. Stanley M.Weintraub
    St. Augustine FL
  40. Roberta Miles
    Chicago IL
  41. Deb Lehman
    Fanwood NJ
  42. Taine Watkins
    Bloomington IN
  43. Mary K. Hull
    Las Vegas NV
  44. Alice Grant Bingner
    Ann Arbor MI
  45. Tharin Schwinefus
    Iowa City IA
  46. Becky Browder
    Jacksonville AL
  47. Jessica DeLandra
    West Haven CT
  48. Patrick Caneday
    Burbank CA
  49. Constance Hoffman
    Burke SD
  50. Nancy Ryan
    Seabeck WA
  51. Saara Dutton
    New York NY
  52. Phil Goldman
    Warwick RI
  53. Alexandra Pecci
    Plaistow NH
  54. Ruth Tick
    Venice FL
  55. Sharon Rea
    Bellevue NE
  56. Lois Cowan
    Marathon FL
  57. Candy Farlow
    Quinby VA
  58. Leah Koch Sower
    Marion IN
  59. Brit Williams
    Austin TX
  60. Thomas M. Davis
    Huntington Station NY
  61. Judy Ross
    Los Angeles CA
  62. Dan Bolchoz
    Williamsburg VA
  63. Brenda Watterson
    Algonquin IL
  64. Rachael Sokolowski
    Truro MA
  65. Sarah Yonder
    Saginaw MI
  66. Rosemarie Chaney
    Massillon OH
  67. Jessica Soleil
    Portland OR
  68. Melissa Cook
    Spanaway WA
  69. Pat Tyler
    Cotati CA
  70. Lisa A. Martin
    Burbank CA
  71. Scarlett L. Mayfield
    Clarksville TN
  72. Carolyn McGovern
    Manalapan NJ
  73. Kathryn Mallinger
    Roanoke VA
  74. Julie Curtis
    Bethel CT
  75. Marcia Kaplan
    Sunnyvale CA
  76. Robin Whitson-O’Flinn
    Silt CO
  77. Connie Vaughn
    Cincinnati OH
  78. Corinne Rumley
    Baton Rouge LA
  79. Nikki Tiani
    Irwin PA
  80. James M. Doumas
    Port Orange FL
  81. Lisa-marie Fusco
    Brandon FL
  82. Kimberly K. Schwartz
    Burr Oak MI
  83. Roberta Miles
    Chicago IL
  84. Mary E. Spear
    Dallas TX
  85. Nancy Corbett
    Monroe WA
  86. Rob Smythe
    Burlington ON Canada
  87. Michelle Weidenbenner
    Warsaw IN
  88. B. H. AMOK
    PALM HARBOR FL
  89. E. Cluff Elliott
    Farmington NM
  90. David Bates
    Hollywood FL
  91. Edward Haag
    Greensboro NC
  92. Michelle Sangiovanni
    Huntington Station NY
  93. Bill Riddle
    Odessa FL
  94. Martha Whitfield
    Dearborn MI
  95. Eileen P. Duggan
    Saint Louis MO
  96. Byron Browne
    Austin TX
  97. Stephen J. Ranson
    Manahawkin NJ
  98. Todd Townsend
    Hudsonville MI
  99. Nicole Hayes
    Chadstone VIC Other Australia


Click below to see the top 100 winners in each category:

Grand-Prize Winner
Children’s/YA Fiction
Feature Article
Genre Short Story
Inspirational
Mainstream Fiction
Nonrhyming Poetry
Memoir/Personal Essay
Rhyming Poetry
Stageplay
Screenplay

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