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2021 NFPW Communications Contest winners

Congratulations to APWs two winners at the national level of the NFPS Communications contest! Both won first place in the At-Large Contest before advancing to the finals. We are very proud of them!

Dianne Beeaff (Tucson) – Second place – Collection of short stories written by entrant, On Traigh Lar Beach

Wynne Brown (Tucson) –Second place – Newsletter Web and Social Media – Electronic Newsletter – Personal, The Sara Lemmon Project

2021 At-Large Communications Contest winners

NFPW listed all the state and at-large contest winners on their website. National level winners will be announced at the conference in a few weeks. Here are the At-Large contest winners again, in case we missed any! It’s amazing that out of 10 At-Large states Arizona writers won this many awards.
NFPW At-Large 2021 Commnications Contest winners covering 10 States
Anderson, Susan, Maricopa-Honorable mention Books, Short Stories, Verse – Children’s Book – Fiction, Everything
Beeaff, Dianne Tucson- First place -Collection of short stories written by entrant, On Traigh Lar Beach
Brown, Wynne, Tucson -First place Newsletter Web and Social Media – Electronic Newsletter – Personal, “The Sara Lemmon Project”
Cockrell, Connie, Payson – Honorable mention -short stories, single story, “Creature in the Night”
Fasano Marie, Payson
  • Second place -Columns, general, Roaming the Rim Column – “WHO designates 2020 as Year of the Nurse and Midwife”
  • Honorable mention -Feature story, Print based newspaper, “Homeless Give Back “
Graber, Brad, Phoenix -First place essay, chapter or section of a book, What’s That Growing in My Sour Cream? Observations on Modern Life
MacDonald, Marylee, Tempe —
  • Third Place- Autobiograpy or Memoir, Surrender
  • Second Place-Collection of short stories written by entrant (published together in book form, including electronic books) Body Language
  • Honorable Mention Nonfiction Book for Adult Readers – General Nonficton, The Big Book of Small Presses and Independent Publishers
Sharpe, Jody, Scottsdale – Second place- Books, Short Stories, Verse – Nonfiction Book for Adult Readers Autobiography or Memoir, r Special Needs Children, The Angels On My Shoulder
Whiteside, Brenda, Tonto Basin – Third place, fiction for adult readers, Secrets of The Ravine (The Mackenzie Chronicles Book One)

Congratulations, Dianne Ebertt Beaff!

Dianne Ebertt Beeaff’s short story collection, On Traigh Lar Beach, was the winner in Short Stories in the At-Large division and moves on to the National Communications Contest.

Dianne is the award-winning author of five previously published books. Her poetry, watercolors, graphite drawings, and magazine articles have been featured throughout the United States and Canada.

Congratulations to Jody Sharpe!

Special Needs Children, The Angels On My Shoulder by Jody Sharpe has placed second in the category of Autobiography or Memoir in the NFPW At-Large Communications Contest.

Says Jody, this is a memoir of my twenty-five years teaching children with special needs. It’s a love story about the special students and others who over the years graced my life with just that, their grace.

With hearts of angels and challenges to face, the children took me along their journeys and inspired my own life’s journey of self-discovery. When sorrow came, their kindness helped me through. The synchronicity of events from high school to retirement changed my life for the better, turning my face toward heaven.

Congratulations to Brenda Whiteside!

Brenda Whiteside’s Secrets of the Ravine (The MacKenzie Chronicles, Book 1) was awarded third place in the category Novel, over 40,000 words in the NFPW At-Large Communication Contest. Brenda is a multi-published romantic suspense author and also provides editing services to other writers.

Congratulations to Marie Fasano!

Marie Fasano has won two awards in the 2021 NFPW at-large communications contest. Marie currently writes for the Payson Roundup. One of her columns in “Roaming the Rim,” her bi-monthly column, won second place. Commented the judge: Wonderful opening paragraph.  Informative and very nice selection of interviewees. Good selection of quotes. Marie won honorable mention in the Feature story, print newspaper category. The judge noted: Nice news feature.

Marie is APW president and our state winner and nominee for the national Communicator of Achievement Award.

Congratulations to Brad Graber!

What’s That Growing in My Sour Cream? – a collection of over 70 essays on love, life, and relationships –  by Brad Graber – has won 1st place in the NFPW at-large communications contest and is eligible to advance to NFPW national round of competition.

This year the at-large contest featured entries from New York, Oregon, Ohio, Colorado, New Hampshire, Washington, D.C., Massachusetts, North Carolina, New Jersey, Minnesota, Arizona, Nevada, Michigan, Maryland, Florida, South Dakota, Louisiana, Tennessee, Iowa, Kentucky and Washington.

Brad Graber writes novels because he grew up in a family where no one listened to him – so he made up stories about them. He’s the award-winning author of The Intersect and After the Fall, and writes a humor blog: There, I Said It! Brad’s currently working on his next novel, Boca by Moonlight, the story of a widower who discovers that his assumptions about family and friends are holding him back from developing meaningful relationships. Brad currently resides in Phoenix with his husband, Jeff.

Congratulations to Susan Anderson!

Susan Claire Anderson’s book, Everything, was awarded honorable mention in the NFPW At-Large Communication Contest in the Category of Children Book/Fiction. Susan is the new chairperson of Central Chapter. Congratulations, Susan!

Reminder – Communications contest

The deadlines for the Communications Contest are coming up. There are MANY categories so check it out!

See the earlier blog post for details and links to the NFPW website.  APW members enter the At-Large contest.

NFPW 2021 Communications Contest opens for entries

NFPW Communications Contest opens for entries  The National Federation of Press Women’s 2021 communications contest is open and accepting entries.  The year 2020 has been a year of constant changes, surprises and the unexpected. Many of our members have been documenting this year via methods including the written word, photographs, books, campaigns and presentations. Now is the time to recognize some of those efforts by entering the NFPW communications contest.  Entries for the 2021 contest must be published or broadcast in some format between Jan. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.  The NFPW professional contest is a two-tiered contest. Entrants first enter a state level contest in the state they live in or are a member of, People living in a state without a state contest, are encouraged to enter the at-large contest. When entries warrant in the at-large contest, the contest may be split into regions to create a more level playing field.  First-place winners in the state-level contest and the at-large contests are eligible to move to the national level of judging. To be eligible for compete in the national level, the entrant must be a member in good standing with the National Federation of Press Women. Unless the affiliate contest requires membership to participate, the entrants can join NFPW once they learn of their winning status. The deadline to join to compete in the national contest is March 15, 2021.

APW members submit their entries in the at-large contest. You do not need to be a member to participate though you must join NFPW if your entry can advance to the national level.

The 2021 contest is available here.   

The professional contest deadlines are:

  • Early entry deadline — January 27, 2021 at noon in the entrant’s time zone (the first entry submitted by an entrant after this deadline will be charged a $25 fee)
  • Final book deadline — Feb. 3, 2021 at noon in the entrant’s time zone
  • Final contest deadline — Feb. 10, 2021 at noon in the entrant’s time zone
  • Winners must be NFPW members — March 15
  • National winners announced and honored at NFPW conference — June 11, 2021

There is also a high school contest.