BRATTLEBORO -- Winners in the eighth annual Write Action Literary Contest were announced at the Write Action Picnic on Aug. 18. Winners in Prose, Poetry, Youth Prose, and Youth Poetry were in attendance at the picnic and read their winning works.

Awards were announced by Master of Ceremonies Andy Burrows. The group of local, and not so local, writers who attended the picnic enjoyed networking, celebrating the winners and participating in an open reading. Tom and Nancy Ragle provided the ideal venue. The winners are:

Poetry: First prize in Poetry, $100, went to Terry Hauptman of West Wardsboro, for "The Bread of Desire." Second Prize, $50, to Melinda Thomas of Holyoke, Mass., for "City Laundromat." Third Prize, $50, was won by Jill M. Hays of Bennington, for her poem "A Spoonful of Honey to Keep by The Bed."

Prose: There were five top winners in this category. First prize, $100, to Mimi Morton of Guilford, for her story "Life List." Second prize, $50, went to Susan Middleton of Ashfield, Mass., "Time is a Water Body Filled With Names." Third, $50, went to Mary Liz Riddle, Westmore, for "Spirit Stories." While there is not usually an honorable mention in the adult category, the quality of the top contenders was so high this year, the judges made the determination that two additional writers deserved to be honored. The fourth and fifth prizes, Honorable Mentions, go to E.G.


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Darrow of South Newfane, "A January Journal" and Steev Lynn of Brattleboro for "Spring Break in West Berlin."

Youth Poetry: There was a tie for First prize, and both poems turned out to be by the same poet: Zoe Riell, Poultney; her prize was a $25 gift certificate to Everyone’s Books in Brattleboro. Second prize was earned by Chelsea Newton, Brattleboro, for "Question From a Flower."

Youth Prose: Louisa Strothman of Putney won First prize for her story, "A Place to Call Home," a $25 gift certificate to Everyone’s Books in Brattleboro.