This page features all of the WNBA Writing Contest winners.
The WNBA Writing Contest was founded in 2013 by Joan Gelfand (WNBA-SF). We’ve been delighted to hold the contest all but one year (2019) since its inception.
During that time, hundreds of pieces of writing have been read and reviewed. Below you will find the best — the winners of the WNBA Writing Contest. We hope you will take time to read the winning pieces.
We encourage you to submit your own writing in our 2020 WNBA Writing Contest. Submission opens September 1!
If you have any questions, please contact our current writing contest chair, Andrea Auten at contest [at] wnba-books.org.
Enjoy the work of these very talented writers!
2018 WNBA Writing Contest Winners
Congratulations to the winners!
1st Place: “For Want of Other Worlds” by Connie Corzilius Spasser
2nd Place: “Desert Animals” by Marie Baleo
3rd Place: “Hinterland” by Rachel Hughes
Honorable Mention: “Wheat to Bread” by Atossa Shafaie
1st Place: “Eating” by Cinthia Ritchie
2nd Place: “Still Life” With Books by Kathye Petrie
3rd Place: “Molting” by Stacey Megally
1st Place: “Finding Black Jaguar” by Bonnie Waltch
2nd Place: “The Things We Wish to Keep” by Lisa Bradley
3rd Place: “A Fire Ignited” by Laura Picklesimer
Honorable Mention: “The Name You’re Not Supposed to Call Women” by Renee Roberson
1st Place: “First Ladies, m. 1963–d.1976” by Eve Brouwer
2nd Place: “Once I Had a Name” by La Rhonda Crosby-Johnson
3rd Place: “Still I Rise” by Anne Casey
Honorable Mention: “Supposed to Be” by Elisabeth Bassin
Regina Marler. After Editing SelectedLetters of Vanessa Bell, Ms. Marler wrote Bloomsbury Pie: The Making of the Bloomsbury Boom, and edited Queer Beats: How the Beats Turned America on to Sex. Her fiction has appeared in North American Review, Carolina Quarterly, and elsewhere. Her story, She has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, the New York Observer, Amazon.com, and the Advocate and currently contributes to the New York Times Book Review, the TLS, and the Signet Classics series. Recent essays include the Cambridge Companion to Bloomsbury, Queer Bloomsbury, and forthcoming: Oxford Guide to Virginia Woolf.
Katie Hafner. She has been writing for The New York Times since 1991. She has also written for The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Wired, The New Republic, and O, the Oprah Magazine. Her books include Cyberpunk: Outlaws and hackers on the computer frontier (with John Markoff), Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The origins of the internet (with Matthew Lyon), and others. Her most recent book Mother Daughter Me, a memoir about multigenerational living, was published in 2013 by Random House.
Tanya Egan Gibson. Her debut novel, How to Buy A Love of Reading, was published by Dutton in May 2009. An alumna of Squaw Valley Community of Writers, she is mother to a four-year-old who produces countless construction paper “books” that she insists Mommy “get published” and an infant whose favorite teether is HTBALOR, and wife to the most patient man in the universe.
Carol Smallwood. One of Carol Smallwood’s over five dozen anthologies, Women on Poetry: Tips on writing, revising, publishing and teaching, is on Poets & Writers Magazine’s List of Best Books for writers. Her latest is Library Outreach to Writers and Poets: Interviews and case studies of cooperation (McFarland, 2017). A multiple Pushcart nominee, she has served as reader, reviewer, interviewer, and judge and has received various recognitions such as a National Federation of State Poetry Societies Award.
2017 WNBA Writing Contest Winners
All of the winning entries can be found in the 2017 WNBA Writing Contest special edition of the Bookwoman Newsletter.
1st Place: “The Coffin-Maker” by Robyn Corum
2nd Place: “Dancing on a Stump” by Karin Fuller
3rd Place: “Taking Care of Harry” by Christine Eskilson
Honorable Mention: “Since Letitia Williams Saw Jesus” by Patty Somlo
1st Place: “White Woman Passes” by Jeanne Choy Tate
2nd Place: “Pink Hats” by Nicole Ayers
3rd Place: “Climbing Back Up” by Sarah Birnbach
Honorable Mention: “Doubling Back” by Joanne Godley
1st Place: “When I Am Red and the Moon Full” by Stacey Balkun
2nd Place: “Southern Ice Storm” by Alice Osborn
3rd Place: “Aleppo” by Andy Young
Honorable Mention: “At Sea” by Anna Hernandez-French
Ellen Urbani is the author of the novel Landfall, a Women’s National Book Association Great Group Reads selection set in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and When I Was Elena. Her work has been profiled in the
Oscar-qualified short documentary film “Paint Me a Future.” A Southern expat now residing in Oregon, her pets will always be dawgs and her truest allegiance will always reside with the Crimson Tide.
Linda Joy Myers is president and founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers. Her memoir Don’t Call Me Mother was a finalist in the ForeWord Book of the Year Award, a finalist in the IndieExcellence Awards, and won the BAIPA Gold Medal award. Linda offers workshops internationally, and helps people capture their stories through coaching, editing, and online workshops.
Brenda Knight began her career at HarperCollins, working with luminaries Marianne Williamson, Huston Smith, and Paolo Coelho. Knight served as publisher of Cleis Press and was awarded IndieFab’s Publisher of the Year in 2014. Knight is the author of Wild Women and Books, Be a Good in the World, and Women of the Beat Generation , which won an American Book Award. Managing Director of Mango Media, she also serves as President of the Women’s National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter.
2016 WNBA Writing Contest Winners
All of the winning entries can be found in the 2016 WNBA Writing Contest special edition of the Bookwoman Newsletter.
1st Place: “Chef” by Nina Smith
2nd Place: “The Ballerina and the Butcher” by Juliet Wittman
3rd Place: “Wife with Knife” by Molly Giles
Honorable Mention: “Home Movies” by Rochelle Distelheim
1st Place: “Pilgrimage” by Wendy Brown-Báez
2nd Place: “Falsomagro” by Nadina LaSpina
3rd Place: “On the Challenges of Not Reading in Planes or Decisions Born in the Dark” by Marie Chambers
Honorable Mention: “Vera Sheets” by Rita Juster
1st Place: “Before Making Love” by Gail Entrekin
2nd Place: “Gold, labor and exotic materials” by Grace Grafton
3rd Place: “Mortgage” by Nicole Eiden
Honorable Mention: “Gliding” by Judy Bebelaar
2015 WNBA Writing Contest Winners
All of the winning entries can be found in the 2015 WNBA Writing Contest special edition of the Bookwoman Newsletter.
1st Place: “If You’re Ready” by Allison Har-zvi
2nd Place: “Hydroplaning” by Vicki DeArmon
3rd Place: “Moths” by Kathleen Spivack
Honorable Mention: “Cold Comfort” by Kristen MacKenzie
1st Place: “The Science Project” by Diane Kraynak
2nd Place: “Kiss Me Again. She Did.” by Renate Stendhal
3rd Place: “The Only Child” by Jayne Martin
Honorable Mention: “Ghost House” by Laura Ruth Loomis
1st Place: “Curiosity” by Diana Whitney
2nd Place: “Words [in transit]” by Sarah Wolbach
3rd Place: “The Light-Lust of Trees” by Michelle Regalado Deatrick
Honorable Mention: “Comfort Woman” by Tanya Hyonhye Ko
2014 WNBA Writing Contest Winners
All of the winning entries can be found in the 2014 WNBA Writing Contest special edition of the Bookwoman Newsletter.
1st Place: “Uncertainty” by Gayle Towell
2nd Place: “Place Settings” by Susan Doherty
3rd Place: “Katie Earnhardt’s Theory on Eggs-Over-Easy” by Tracy Sottosanti
Honorable Mention: “Five O’Clock Somewhere” by Julia Tracey
1st Place: “Late October Light” by Rebecca Olander
2nd Place: “Demeter’s Lament” by Kathryn Gullickson
3rd Place: “The Night a Woman Died on My Street” by Amy Schmitz
Honorable Mention: “Milk” by J.H. Yun
2013 WNBA Writing Contest Winners
All of the winning entries can be found in the 2013 WNBA Writing Contest special edition of the Bookwoman Newsletter.
1st Place: “A Prize in Every Box” by Jessica Wallin Mace
2nd Place: “Beauty” by Anne Pound
3rd Place: “All Mine” by Deborah Batterman
Honorable Mention: “Dorie” by Christine Eskilson
1st Place: “Abandoned Garden” by Ellaraine Lockie
2nd Place: “Mirror Mirror” by Harriet Shenkman
3rd Place: “Light Bends Around Shadows” by Ruth Hill
Honorable Mention: “Airport Proposal” by Amy Wright
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