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76th Annual Writing Competition Winners - Memoir/Personal Essay

Announcing the Memoir/Personal Essay winners of the 76th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition
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Announcing the Memoir/Personal Essay winners of the 76th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition

Memoirs/Personal Essay Winners

Todd Gauchat, with Deborah Burke
LakewoodOH

  1. AmandaKelley
    HoustonTX
  2. JayneWarren
    FarmervilleLA
  3. NoreenLehmann
    Las CrucesNM
  4. SandraL.Staton-Taiwo
    YorkPA
  5. CarenGallimore
    ChristiansburgVA
  6. CarenGallimore
    ChristiansburgVA
  7. TerryMiles
    HobokenNJ
  8. ElizabethDarkWiley
    West TisburyMA
  9. ScottMason
    RaleighNC
  10. PatWilly
    PortalAZ
  11. DeniseHeinze
    DurhamNC
  12. L. MarieBernier
    Allen ParkMI
  13. L. MarieBernier
    Allen ParkMI
  14. ScottLevinson
    Putnam ValleyNY
  15. RichardN.Valentine
    Palm HarborFL
  16. JodiBowersox
    TonganoxieKS
  17. MornaMurphyMartell
    Staten IslandNY
  18. RonStempkowski
    ChicagoIL
  19. AndreaWilson
    BurbankCA
  20. L. MarieBernier
    Allen ParkMI
  21. TexShrader
    San AntonioTX
  22. MiriamFuller
    SkokieIL
  23. ReginaSmeltzer
    DarlingtonSC
  24. ChristopherAragao
    RiversideRI
  25. AnnGuaglione
    CommackNY
  26. HollyBellebuono
    ChilmarkMA
  27. LisaBetz
    GeringNE
  28. CrystalRice
    HagerstownMD
  29. CarolTaylor
    GoldenCO
  30. BasilBalian
    CincinnatiOH
  31. PatriciaTwohig
    CoronaCA
  32. PaulleClark
    El PradoNM
  33. RobertY.Ellis
    RockportMA
  34. JessicaKennedy
    McKinneyTX
  35. JamesSteed
    Little RockAR
  36. RileyN.Kelly
    ExcelAL
  37. SharriChappell
    NashvilleTN
  38. GloriaG.Murray
    Deer ParkNY
  39. DickVojvoda
    DanvilleCA
  40. RozannGrunig
    MartinezCA
  41. MorganBarnhart
    EugeneOR
  42. CindyGierhart
    BostonMA
  43. ToniFaubion-Truesdell
    PalmerAK
  44. RobertaParkerMartin
    Black MountainNC
  45. LibbyBishop
    San AntonioTX
  46. DorothyL.Ward
    SpringfieldME
  47. LindaS.Clare
    EugeneOR
  48. TaraM.Bloom
    PortlandOR
  49. CarolMaupin
    Bowling GreenKY
  50. MartyToohey
    Bloomfield HillsMI
  51. WarrenBriggs
    PensacolaFL
  52. DanielBurchFiddler
    IdyllwildCA
  53. MargiLane
    VancouverWA
  54. Elizabeth JoanneJohnsJohnson
    JupiterFL
  55. JacquelineClayChester
    AtlantaGA
  56. ScottThompson
    LawrencevilleGA
  57. OliverFrench
    BrooktondaleNY
  58. CarolBrian
    BendOR
  59. JennaLeitnaker
    BeavercreekOH
  60. WilliamA.Abbott
    TacomaWA
  61. TrudiA.Buck
    AshawayRI
  62. KimMarieJakway
    SyracuseNY
  63. AdrienneBensonScherger
    SyracuseNY
  64. JeanStrong
    SpringdaleAR
  65. LeahWeiss
    LynchburgVA
  66. MaryF.Dado
    Palm HarborFL
  67. SheilaRomano
    Elk GroveCA
  68. BillJackson
    Paso RoblesCA
  69. LouDean
    Ponca CityOK
  70. MartyToohey
    Bloomfield HillsMI
  71. JessicaKennedy
    McKinneyTX
  72. JohnWest
    CodyWY
  73. BillHartman
    Columbia FallsMT
  74. CatherineSaliba
    East BrunswickNJ
  75. SusanJensen
    ClintonWA
  76. DaveCopeland
    BurlingtonMA
  77. LindaDees
    MadisonAL
  78. J.M.Cornwell
    Colorado SpringsCO
  79. HomerL.Jackson
    HenryettaOK
  80. TraciMitchell
    SnohomishWA
  81. MarleenGuess
    Solana BeachCA
  82. MelanieCarroll
    KailuaHI
  83. JamesSteed
    Little RockAR
  84. DianaFerguson
    Grove CityOH
  85. JaneF.Rudden
    LancasterPA
  86. NykiAnello
    TucsonAZ
  87. DanaLaquidara
    UptonMA
  88. SamaBearsRubin
    AvenelNJ
  89. ValerieKatagiri
    BeavertonOR
  90. SamanthaThacker
    BaysideNY
  91. DawnHaines
    DoverNH
  92. KarenBerliner
    AirmontNY
  93. LorenMartz
    Long BeachNY
  94. SuzannaQuintana
    SheridanWY
  95. ArtRogers
    DallasTX
  96. AudreyRoberts
    MadisonWI
  97. JoanMiller
    San LeandroCA
  98. LoreneA.Hermann
    Three RiversMI
  99. CaitlinFriree
    Los AngelesCA

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

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

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