2011 Magazine Writing Winners

Writer's Digest would like to congratulate the 100 Magazine Writing winners of the 80th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition!
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Writer's Digest would like to congratulate the 100 Magazine Writing winners of the 80th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition!

First Place Winner:

Barbara Layman
Van Nuys CA

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The Top 100

Barbara Layman
Van Nuys CA Alethea Black
Holmes NY Mark Ray
Louisville KY Kay Grant
Albuquerque NM Barbara Layman
Van Nuys CA Alisha M. Rosas
Ontario CA Barbara Layman
Van Nuys CA Todd Bush
Delray Beach FL Suzanne Johnson
Auburn AL Ruth Welburn
Sidney BC Barbara Layman
Van Nuys CA Dan Tomasulo
Asbury Park NJ Michael Taylor
Manly Other Paula Surrey
Auburn ME Paige McClanahan
Freetown Other Greg Waxberg
Branchburg NJ Barbara Bamberger
Scott Mount Airy NC Roger White
Austin TX Barbara Bamberger
Scott Mount Airy NC Greg Waxberg
Branchburg NJ Bretton B Holmes
Austin TX Lucy A. Fazely
Oscoda MI Jenny Pavlovic
Afton MN Layne Mosler
Grass Valley CA Sally Alexandroff
Ridgefield CT Barbara Layman
Van Nuys CA Doug Alderson
Tallahassee FL Julie Jacobs
Scotch Plains NJ Barbara Babin Lacour
Harahan LA Lynda Seminara
Cherry Hill NJ Dan Tomasulo
Asbury Park NJ Lindsay DeChacco
Phoenix AZ Mark Ray
Louisville KY Dan Tomasulo
Asbury Park NJ Barbara Layman
Van Nuys CA Nicole Lee
Mission Viejo CA Ann J Brady
Pasadena CA Dan Tomasulo
Asbury Park NJ Susan Traugh
Vista CA Ellen Seiden
Los Angeles CA Kathleen McGwin
Montello WI Jean Hartley
Kaiwa Kona HI William Powers
New York NY Norman Spray
Bedford TX Judy Penz Sheluk
Holland Landing ON Karen Davis Barr
Paradise Valley AZ Kristy Stevenson
Wake Forest NC Greg Waxberg
Branchburg NJ Lindsay DeChacco
Phoenix AZ Rachelle Allen
East Rochester NY

James Arthur Anderson
North Miami FL Jean Erbesfeld
Boynton Beach FL Maria J. Mauriello
Raleigh NC Donna Falen
New Richmond OH Sarah Chase Shaw
Aspen CO Wayne E. Groner
Battlefield MO Christy Heitger-Ewing
Avon IN Katherine Martinelli
New York NY Greg Waxberg
Branchburg NJ Maria J. Mauriello
Raleigh NC Hillary Waterman
Rockport ME Rod Broding
Battle Lake MN Peter von Bleichert
Roseville CA Arnold Simon
Atlanta GA Barbara Babin Lacour
Harahan LA Jana Hsu
Jamaica NY Donna Blarr
North Collins NY Gloria D. Robinson
Alsip IL Michael Griesbach
Manitowoc WI Sarah Chase Shaw
Aspen CO Julie Freet
DeLand FL Elaine K. Howley
Waltham MA Donna M. Rhodes
Franklin NC Becky Green Aaronson
Santa Barbara CA David H. Hughes
Port Hope ON Yali Bair
Sacramento CA Lee Thorn
Tucson AZ Melissa Crytzer Fry
Mammoth AZ Dana Sitar
Madison WI Elaine K. Howley
Waltham MA Joan Magruder
Carpinteria CA Barbara Babin Lacour
Harahan LA Kristy Stevenson
Wake Forest NC Carol Morgan
Lubbock TX Marina DelVecchio
Cary NC Clark Peterson
Hinckley MN Lindsay DeChacco
Phoenix AZ Meredith Wargo
Houston TX Thomas G LaCorte
Deltona FL Kristina Brandt
Wantagh NY Diane Nelson
Avery CA Amy Lyon
Prior Lake MN Mary Taylor
Long Beach CA Meredith Wargo
Houston TX Christine A. Krahling
Easton PA Nora Johnsmeyer
Boston MA Nuri Heckler
Washington DC Lindasue Flores
Shelton WA Sahej Suri
Tenafly NJ Elizabeth Oberlin
Hillsboro OR

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