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Rebecca Goodrich – and yet another winner!

And congratulations to APW member Rebecca Goodrich, our third winner of First Place in her category in the 2021 NFPW Communications Contest in the At-Large division!

“Saving My Soul from Scientology” won first in the Chapter in a Book category. Her story appeared in Cirque: A Literary Journal for the North Pacific Rim, Vol 11, No. 2.

Rebecca’s story will go on to the national level of judging. National award winners will receive a Certificate of Achievement at the NFPW National Communications Conference Awards banquet to be held in Fargo, ND June 23-25 plus be recognized at our state conference on May 14. Entries from 18 states, the District of Columbia and Spain competed in the At-large division.

Good luck at the national level, Rebecca!

2022 State Conference is a wrap!

Our 2022 State Conference is over. It was special getting to see old friends in person; some we had only ever met on a Zoom call. We also had several guests plus our speakers and our 2022 scholarship winner and her father and brother.

President Connie Cockrell called the meeting to order. We accepted the slate of officers, welcoming Jody Sharpe to the Board and passed the budget. The winners of the At-large division of the NFPW Communications Contest who were in attendance were introduced.

Our morning speaker was Dr. Karen Bryson who spoke on “The Top Ten Reasons your Book Isn’t Selling And What To Do About It.” Everyone authoring a book should take these into account.  Find help at Karen’s newest Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/motivatethemuse.

During lunch, Marie Fasano and Jody Sharpe presented our 2022 Scholarship winner, Elena Morrison, with a certificate and a check for $1000 to pursue a career in journalism. Elena is a student at Coconino Community College in Flagstaff.

Brad Graber spoke after lunch on “The Stories We Tell Ourselves: The Importance of Shifting Our Mindset.” Using personal stories and humor, Brad shared how we can limit ourselves. His website is BradGraber.com.

The last activity was a tour of the wonderful Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. Their collection of all things Western is second to none. Put it on your list to visit if you never have. https://scottsdalemuseumwest.org

Jodi Decker – another winner!

Jodi Decker was awarded Honorable Mention in the Specialty Articles, History category in the A-large division of the 2021 NFPW Communications Contest for her essay in The Stars in Your Family: The Southern California Genealogical Society Anthology. Congratulations, Jodi!

Jodi and other winners will be recognized at our May 14 State Conference in Scottsdale. (see tab above for details and to register.)

Competition in the At-large contest was strong with entries from 18 states, the District of Columbia and Spain.

Jody Sharpe – 3rd place winner!

Jody Sharpe won third place in Fantasy in the At-large division of the 2021 NFPW Communications Contest! She won for her book, Town of Angels Christmas. Congratulations, Jody!

There was strong competition in the At-Large division with entrants from 18 states, the District of Columbia and Spain.

Jody and the other APW members who won awards in the contest will be honored at our annual State Conference on May 14 at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. Besides our business meeting and honoring winners, we’ll have two excellent speakers, a salad lunch and a private docent-led tour of the museum. (Free parking is available.) See the tab above for details and to register. Both members and guests are welcome.

Chrisann Dawson – two awards!

In the At-large division of the 2021 NFPW Communications Contest, Chrisann Dawson won 2nd in General Non-fiction for her devotional, Principles and Proverbs from Pride and Prejudice. And she received an honorable mention for her novel in the Fiction for Adult Readers category, Congo Crisis.

Chrisann will be recognized at the 2022 APW State Conference on May 14 (see tab above) and  will be selling her books at the Payson Book Festival on July 23.

This year’s At-large division of the Communications Contest had strong entries from 18 states, the District of Columbia and Spain.

Congratulations, Chrisann!

 

 

 

Bobbie Bennett – multiple awards!

APW member Bobbie Bennett won four awards in the At-large division of the 2021 NFPW Communications Contest. The awards were for the February 2021 edition of the Beaver Valley Bulletin, the community newsletter she regularly edits and writes for.

Bobbie’s awards included 2nd place, Publication regularly written by entrant; 3rd place, Publication regularly written by entrant; and two honorable mentions for Publication regularly written by entrant. The At-large division was extremely competitive this year with entrants from 18 states, the District of Columbia and Spain.

Good job, Bobbie! The Bulletin is chock full of news pertinent to this Arizona community and is clearly a labor of love.

Brad Graber – another 1st place winner!

Brad Graber was the second of three First Place winners from APW in the At-large division of the NFPW 2021 Communications Contest!’

Boca by Moonlight won first place in the category “Fiction for adult readers.”

Brad’s book will go on to the national level of judging. National award winners will receive a Certificate of Achievement at the NFPW National Communications Conference Awards banquet to be held in Fargo, ND June 23-25 plus be recognized at our state conference on May 14. Entries from 18 states, the District of Columbia and Spain competed in the At-large division.

Brad is the afternoon speaker at our State Conference. His talk is ” THE STORIES WE TELL OURSELVES: THE IMPORTANCE OF SHIFTING OUR MINDSET.” Find out how his tips could help you create an award-winning book too! Click on the tab above or go to https://arizonaprofessionalwriters.org/2022-apw-state-conference/

Jan Cleere – 1st place winner!

Jan Cleere is one of three First Place winners in the At-large division of the NFPW 2021 Communications Contest!

Jan won 1st place in the Books, Biography or History category. Her entry, Military Wives in Arizona Territory: A History of Women Who Shaped the Frontier, will go on to the national level of judging. National award winners will receive a Certificate of Achievement at the NFPW National Communications Conference Awards banquet to be held in Fargo, ND June 23-25.

Accord to Teri Ehresman, contest director , “We had an extremely competitive at-large contest again this year. We had strong entries from entrants from Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Spain, Washington D.C. and Washington state.”

Congratulations, Jan, and good luck!

 

 

APW wins big in the At-large contest!

Arizona winners in the 2021 At-large NFPW communications contest

From Teri Ehresman, Contest Director: “You have an outstanding number of winners again this year in the NFPW at-large communications contest.”

Bobbi Bennett – 2nd place, Publication regularly written by entrant; 3rd place, Publication regularly written by entrant; two honorable mentions for Publication regularly written by entrant

Wynne Brown — Honorable Mention, Books, Biography or History

Jan Cleere — 1st place, Books, Biography or History

Chrisann Dawson – 2nd place, general fiction; Honorable Mention, Fiction for adult readers

Jodi Decker — Honorable Mention, Specialty Articles, History

Marie Fasano — 2nd place, photo/writer; 2nd place, Informational Column, 2nd place, Feature story

Rebecca Goodrich — 1st place, Short Stories

Brad Graber – 1st place, Fiction for adult readers

Janelle Molony – Honorable mention, specialty articles, history

Jody Sharpe — 3rd place, Novellas

We had an extremely competitive at-large contest again this year. We had strong entries from entrants from Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Spain, Washington D.C. and Washington state.

Congratulations to all! First place winners in their category move onto the national contest.

Ten benefits for joining APW

APW Benefits

  1. Meet and exchange ideas with local authors.
  2. One or two virtual meetings a month with a local speaker on a writing or publishing topic.
  3. Join the APW Book Club where read and review each other’s work (email Karen Lateiner kslateiner@gmail.com)
  4. Ability to use APW Zoom for book presentations or other writing-related meetings. (Contact Marie Fasano mafasano1@gmail.com or Jaimie Bruzenak calamityjaimie@gmail.com
  5. Enter the At-large contest for the National Federation of Press Women. First place winners go on to the national level. Many categories for these prestigious awards. See https://www.nfpw.org/professional-contest We had several winners at the At-large contest. Dianne Beaff and Wynne Brown won awards at the national level.
  6. Post on our Facebook page more than once about your book. (Nonmembers are limited to one post.) Share your new publications, wins and writing events.
  7. Keep up on local book and writing events in Arizona.
  8. Your book listed in the Holiday Bazaar before Christmas. Listed at least once on FB that it is there. (Email Jaimie Bruzenak calamityjaimie@gmail.com)

    Additional National Federation of Press Women benefits

  9. Premium professional members of NFPW have access to discounted libel insurance through its group policy.
  10. NFPW focuses on and working to support the First Amendment. https://nfpw.memberclicks.net/the-first-amendment-network