The Results are IN: Announcing Willamette Writers Kay Snow Writing Contest Results

We are pleased to announce the results of Willamette Writers Kay Snow annual writing contest

The Paulann Petersen Award for Poetry
Judge: Paulann Petersen

First Place: “Starlings” by Danelle Lejeune of Hinesville, Georgia

Second Place: “End Times: One Life” by Anne Richardson of Lake Oswego, Oregon

Third Place: “Seven Mourning Doves” by Gwendolyn Morgan of Vancouver, Washington

Honorable Mention: “Planting Mangroves” by Joyce Schmid of Palo Alto, California

Honorable Mention: “Spring, keeping her head down” by Laura Duerr of Vancouver, Washington

Honorable Mention: “Australian Bush Solstice” by Jade Rosina McCutcheon of Salem

Honorable Mention: “Counting Seven Crows”, Danelle Lejeune of Hinesville, Georgia

The Roland Smith Award for YA and Middle Grade Fiction
Judges: Ben Gorman of “Not A Pipe” publishing and Matthew Swihart

First Place: Natasha’s War (working title) by Jan Sherbin of Cincinnati, OH

Second Place: Dinosaur Guys by Meagan Macvie of Olympia, WA

Third Place: The Last of the Name by Rosanne Parry of Portland, OR

Honorable Mention: The Assassin by Kristin Burchell

The Elizabeth Lyon Award for Nonfiction
Judge: Elizabeth Lyon

First Place: Under the Shadow by Liz Asch of Portland, OR

Second Place: Choice is a Heavy Thing by Mary Underwood of Louisville, KY

Third Place: In Between by Anne Gudger of Portland OR

Award for Fiction
Judge: C. Lill Ahrens

First Place: The Retelling of Willa Cooper by Meagan Johanson of Corvallis, OR

Second Place: The Bears of Winter by C. A. Willis of Burien, WA

Third Place: All The Western Stars by Joel Freiburger of Glen Ellyn, IL

Award for Screenplay
Judge: Waka Brown

First Place: Camp Happily Ever After by Amy Fredericks of Vancouver, Washington

Second Place: The Altered by James Grimes of Forest Grove, Oregon

Third Place: Gabriel’s Daughter by Lizanne Southgate of Corvallis, Oregon

Honorable Mention: Walk On by Jennifer Wegerer

Award for Entries by College Student
Judge Debby Dodds

Drought Summer (excerpt) by Tom Hallberg

The Women in Your Life by Isabelle Pieper

The Calling: Chapter II by Eve Benjamin McAnally

Awards for Student in Three Grade Divisions
Judge Heidi Schulz

Grades 1-5

Anger by Kaia Wootton

The Great Adventure by Maya Anderson

I Am Offering This Picture by Jason Chu

Grades 6-8

When I Was Eight Years Old by Maddy Barker

Deeper by Kanchan Naik

Black Brothers by Alexis Simmons

Grades 9-12

Ghosts by Jena Vallina

The Camp by Katarina Fernandez

Phoenixes by Sarah Feng

The Kay Snow Contest

The purpose of this annual writing contest, named in honor of Willamette Writers’ founder, Kay Snow, is to help writers reach professional goals in writing through a broad array of categories, and also to encourage student writers. In addition to prizes, winners will be honored at our Willamette Writers Conference on August 4-6.


Congratulations to all the winners. Thank you to everyone who participated and to our judges and volunteers.