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2012 Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition Winners

Categories: Writer’s Digest Magazine November/December 2012 Online Exclusives Tags: annual competition, poetry, short stories.

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the 101 winners of the 81st Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition!

Grand Prize
Jacob Appel
New York, NY

Children’s/Young Adult Fiction
1st
Brooke Hartman
Chugiak, AK

2nd
Heather Sappenfield
Vail, CO

3rd
Kim Tomsic
Boulder, CO

4th
Charity Tahmaseb
Minnetonka, MN

5th
Athena Franco
Great Lakes, IL

6th
Yael Tischler
Vancouver, BC
Canada

7th
Rick Keuning
Leichhardt
Australia

8th
Adeaze Simmons
Stanton, CA

9th
Claude Gauthier
Winnipeg, MB
Canada

10th
Barb Miller
Wenatchee, WA

Genre Short Story
1st
Ann M Sligar
Carthage, MO

2nd
Conner Jefferson & Bennie Jones II
Murrieta, CA

3rd
John Brizzi
Shreveport, LA

4th
William Dunkerley
Waverly, NY

5th
Melanie Stringham
ALAMOGORDO,NM

6th
Karen Rought
Greene, NY

7th
Bryan Alexander
Mesquite, TX

8th
Laura L. Farnsworth
Denver, CO

9th
Anne Kohl
Colorado Springs, CO

10th
Irene Hsu
San Jose, CA

Inspirational Writing
1st
Edward A. Hara
Fairfax, VA

2nd
A.E. Wasserman
Burbank, CA

3rd
Diane Tarantini
Morgantown, WV

4th
Sherri Gragg
Franklin, TN

5th
Marielena Zuniga
Langhorne, PA

6th
Joanne Cameron
Jupiter, FL

7th
JANIS H. COVERDALE
Windsor, CA

8th
Courtney Grier Williams
Valparaiso, IN

9th
Michael Lee
Lawrence, KS

10th
Deirdre Assenza
Mt. Lebanon, PA

Magazine Feature Article
1st
Elaine K. Howley
Waltham, MA

2nd
David B. Whitlock
Lebanon, KY

3rd
Garrett A. Hughes
Honeoye Falls, NY

4th
Sandrine Marlier
New York, NY

5th
Lisa Cahn
Huntington, NY

6th
Klex Carmichael
Clinton, MA

7th
Mark Ray
Louisville, KY

8th
Paul Fein
Agawam, MA

9th
Marina DelVecchio
Cary, NC

10th
Jennifer Bridgman
Mountain View, CA

Mainstream/Literary Short Story
1st
Yoon-Ji Han
Tai Tam
Hong Kong

2nd
Bonnie Engstrom
Scottsdale, AZ

3rd
Meghan Barrett Cousino
Chicago, IL

4th
Ann Robson
Oceanside, CA

5th
Ilene Goldman
Lake in the Hills, IL

6th
Mary Nugent
Bushkill, PA

7th
Sheryl L. Ricigliano
Golden, CO

8th
Tom Juergens
Hamilton, MA

9th
Robert G. Rentz
Fort Myer, FL

10th
Jeff Mathison
Spring Mills, PA

Memoirs/Personal Essay
1st
Randy Osborne
Atlanta, GA

2nd
Joseph Walls
Doylestown, PA

3rd
Jocelyn Cerrudo Sese
Queens Village, NY

4th
Gypsy Martin
Camas, WA

5th
Donna Emmary
Winston-Salem, NC

6th
Melissa Ambrosino
Hattiesburg, MS

7th
Sondra Raines Brooks
Spicewood, TX

8th
Derek Mohn
Plymouth,MA

9th
Teri Byrd
Volcano, HI

10th
Sarajoy Van Boven
Spokane, WA

Non-rhyming Poetry
1st
Claire Elizabeth Scherzinger
Toronto, ON
Canada

2nd
Dawn Manning
Lansdowne, PA

3rd
Nikki Pencak
Monroeville, PA

4th
Suzanne Burns
Bend, OR

5th
Marla Alupoaicei
Frisco, TX

6th
Gladys L. Henderson
Nesconset, NY

7th
Suellen Wedmore
Rockport, MA

8th
George Handy
Asheville, NC

9th
Martha Hanneman Whitfield
Dearborn, MI

10th
Suellen Wedmore
Rockport, MA

Rhyming Poetry
1st
Michelle Perez
Secaucus, NJ

2nd
Melissa Cannon
Nashville, TN

3rd
Mary Flynn
Apopka, FL

4th
Diana H. Kolaczkowska
Palo Alto, CA

5th
Michael R. Burch
Nashville, TN

6th
Suellen Wedmore
Rockport, MA

7th
Susanna Grady
Plymouth, MA

8th
Vicki L. Weavil
Winston-Salem, NC

9th
Jessica Wierzbinski
Salida, CO

10th
Katy Regnery
Ridgefield, CT

Stage Play
1st
Jacob Appel
New York, NY

2nd
Jacob Appel
New York, NY

3rd
Jacob Appel
New York, NY

4th
Anthony Hall Seed
Frankfort, IL

5th
Steve Purcell
Philadelphia, PA

6th
Laura Zlatos
Brooklyn, NY

7th
Dina Laura
Astoria, NY

8th
M J Daspit
Ashland, OR

9th
Ben Steele
Kitchener, ON
Canada

10th
Jacob Appel
New York, NY

Television/Movie Script
1st
Danielle Barros
Belmont, CA

2nd
Michael Balin
Long Beach, CA

3rd
Erik R. Slagle
Linden,NJ

4th
Matthew Minson
Spring, TX

5th
Jeff Ingram
Newport, OR

6th
Linda Niccol
Kapiti
New Zealand

7th
Garry Berman and Kelly Thompson
Westhampton, NJ

8th
Janson Mancheski
Green Bay, WI

9th
Jon James Miller
Oakland, CA

10th
Jason Ford
Portland, OR

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6 Responses to 2012 Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition Winners

  1. Doug Wolven says:

    I have not received the personal evaluation for Christmas Road Trip, that is part of the benefits of entering the self-published contest. That is all I really hoped I see as a reward, and thought it was a great consolation prize. I’ll just wait right here, then. Doug Wolven

  2. Stephanie77 says:

    Jacob Appel also won the WD 2008 77th annual contest as well… Not that I dont think that’s right or anything but it’s just rather interesting is all. Very very interesting. lol

  3. mculliso says:

    According to the November/December 2012 issue of your magazine, “…to read his [Mr. Appel's] grand-prize script, visit writersdigest.com/dec-12.” Well, I went there and I saw no link or other information on the page to get to this script. I give up. How do you get to it?

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