APW had several winners in the National Federation of Press Women’s At-Large Communication Contest. Two members won honorable mention for their entries.
Dianne Ebert Beeaff won honorable mention in the category- “Short Stories- Single Story,” for A Packet of Arthritis Pills in the Potomac Review Issue 62, Spring 2018.
Jan Cleere won two honorable mentions in the category- “Columns/General.” Jan won for her articles in Western Women columns that she writes for the Tucson Arizona Daily Star.
Congratulations to both!
NFPW is a nationwide organization of women and men pursuing careers across the communications spectrum, including print and electronic journalism, freelancing, new media, books, public relations, marketing, graphic design, photography, advertising, radio and television.
Congratulations to Brenda Warneka – a First-Place Winner in 2019 National Federation of Press Women At-Large Communication Contest!
Brenda Warneka, a member of Arizona Professional Writers, is the First-Place winner in the category of “non-fiction books for adult readers, history” in the 2019 National Federation of Press Women’s at-large communications contest. Entries were judged and ranked by professional communications experts from throughout the United States.
Warneka’s first-place winning entry was her Arcadia Publishing Company’s Images of America book “Around Laughlin.” At-large winners compete with first place state winners from throughout the United States in the national competition of the NFPW communications contest.
This is what the judge had to say about Warneka’s First Place entry: “This book used every means necessary to engage me as a reader. This author took an area of our country that held little to no interest to me and I was captivated. The pictures, illustrations, and excellent research of the very people who lived in the inhospitable land held my interest as I flew through the pages. I enjoyed this one immensely.”
NFPW is a nationwide organization of women and men pursuing careers across the communications spectrum, including print and electronic journalism, freelancing, new media, books, public relations, marketing, graphic design, photography, advertising, radio and television. Winners of the national contest will be notified in late March or early April. The winners will be honored at an awards dinner on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at the NFPW conference in Baton Rouge, LA
Beverly Raphael Konik, owner of Write Visions Communications, worked as a free-lance writer. She served for more than a decade as state treasurer of Arizona Professional Writers (APW) and was in this capacity on the APW State Board of Directors until her death on Nov. 6, 2017. Bev passed away in her sleep after battling cancer for a brief time. She enjoyed friendships with many APW members who appreciated her quick wit, great sense of humor and compassion for others.
Bev joined APW in 1995 and also was a member of the National Federation of Press Women. A respected freelance writer, she used her strong writing, organization and research skills as a volunteer working on many APW projects. These included APW high school student scholarships, educational programs for journalists and organizing state conferences. Bev was an avid reader with a strong curiosity and love of travel. She delighted in meeting authors and helped secure grants for the Payson Book Festival, an APW literacy project.
Born Dec. 28, 1938 in Pittsburg, PA, Bev came to Arizona in 1975. She worked for the State of AZ in labor relations where she helped resolve conflicts and then worked for the City of Phoenix for more than 15 years.before retiring in 1996 to take care of her father. She was a community activist who mentored youth and helped promote positive changes in education, environment, wildlife and social issues.
She is survived by her daughter, Rachel Harvey of San Francisco, brother Barry Konigsford, and his wife Kitty Konigsford of Mt. Prospect (Chicago,) IL, and their children Brian Konigsford and Janice Konigsford, and Sue Jaeger, sister-in-law. She was preceded in death by her brother, William Konigsford, and parents Evelyn Konigsford and Lewis Konigsford.
A memorial service/celebration of life for Bev is scheduled for 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Dec.2, 2017 at Christ’s Community Church, 3710 W. Orangewood, Phoenix, AZ 85051. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Arizona Community Foundation, 602-381-1400 or www.az.foundation.org .
If you have memories or photos to share, you can send them to the APW Facebook page and to an email address established by the family: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Our membership year runs the calendar year from January 1 to December 31. If you haven’t sent in your dues, it’s time to do so!
Click on the ABOUT tab and then on Join. You’ll find the link to NFPW website to renew. You must renew by December 31 to be eligible to participate in the Communications Contest. For APW only members, you’ll find a link to download the application for renewal and instructions on where to send your application and check.
Don’t miss out!
APW winners in the 2013 NFPW at-large communications contest were recognized at the May 4 conference. Photos are of those in attendance being presented their certificates by Brenda Warneka, President. The at-large contest takes the place of our state contest. The winners are as follows:
- 1st Place, 57B Nonfiction Book, history, for Visitors to the Past: A Cultural Historian Unlocks the Mysteries Behind Five Sacred Shrines
- 1st Place, 11C Columns, informational, for Workamper Viewpoint column for Workamper News
- 1st Place, 57E Nonfiction Book, General, for Retire to an RV: The Roadmap to Affordable Retirement by Jaimie Hall Bruzenak and Alice Zyetz (deceased)
- 1st Place, 16B Page Design, magazine, newsletter, etc., for Arizona Press Women Typerider
- 2nd Place, 15B Pubs Regularly Edited by Entrant, magazine, etc., for Arizona Press Women Typerider
- HM, 63 Essay, Chapter, or Section In a Book, for Skirting Traditions, Chapter 28: Pam Knight Stevenson
- 3rd Place, 63 Essay, Chapter or Section in a Book, for Skirting Traditions, Chapter 17: Esther Clark
- 1st Place, 19 Photographer/Writer for Riding High on a Bubble Bath
- 1st Place, 41 PR Reports for the Tucson Medical Center 2011 Report to Our Community
- 1st Place, 10C Specialty Articles, arts & entertainment, online or print for two articles: Paris Jazz Diary 2011; All That Jazz Month @ MIM
- 1st Place, 51 Speeches for Jazz Goes to the Movies (Paris Soirees, July 2012); Myers’ second consecutive year to win first-place in at-large speech category
- 2nd Place, 11D Columns, personal opinion, for Riffs
- 3rd Place, 8C Feature Story, online for Paris Jazz Diary 2012
- 3rd Place, 10O Specialty Articles, online or print for two reviews: Newport Beach Jazz Party; Lewis Nash-Wynton Marsalis Concert @ MIM
- 1st Place, 63 Essay, Chapter, or Section in a Book, for Skirting Traditions, Chapter 4: Mary Kidder Rak
- 2nd Place, 63 Essay, Chapter, or Section in a Book, for Skirting Traditions, Chapter 15: Meredith Howard Harless
Carol Hughes, Lois McFarland, June P. Payne (deceased), Sheila Roe, Pam Knight Stevenson, and Brenda Kimsey Warneka (JOINT ENTRY)
- 1st Place, 64 Book Edited by Entrants for Skirting Traditions: Arizona Women Writers and Journalists: 1912-2012
The first-place winners will compete with first-place winners from other states in their category in the national NFPW contest. National winners will be honored at the 2013 NFPW annual communications contest in Salt Lake City in August.