Fiction Contest 2013

 

And the Winners Are…!

Mark Pavlichek

Mark Pavlichek

Mark Pavlichek  First Place

“Reaching the Horizon” 
Read an excerpt, click here: 
Pavlichek – Reaching the Horizon – Excerpt #1

Mark Pavlichek attended Berkeley where he studied with Pulitzer winner M. Scott Momaday, and PBS’ “Critic At Large” David Littlejohn while majoring in journalism and critique. His marketing experience spans 30 years of brand development in the wine industry. He is the principal in West County Productions, a consulting firm. Mark is currently at work on two novels that explore the issues of class, family secrets, personal choice and the mystical nature of freedom and change. He is also a partner in JAM, an editing and revisioning service where he puts his experience to work as a developmental editor with an emphasis on helping writers produce marketable fiction.

 

Cheri Ause

Cheri Ause

Cheri Ause, Second Place                       

“Fall Apples” 

Cheri Ause lives with her husband and their entirely captivating cat Smokey on the ridge in Gualala  She devotes much of her time thinking about what to write, and when she does finally get around to doing it, she writes short fiction or poetry, although lately she has waded into the less certain waters of personal essay/memoir. Her work has appeared in The Redwood Coast Review, Fiction 365, On the Edge: Writers of the Mendocino Coast Anthology 2012, Pure Slush, and Every Day Poets, among others. Links to her published work can be found at http://www.cheriause.blogspot.com.

 

Sunny Lockwood

Sunny Lockwood

Sunny Lockwood, Third Place

“Bitter/Sweet New Year’s Eve”

Sunny Lockwood has always loved reading and writing. Magazines began buying her work while she was in high school. Her non-fiction has won national, state and regional awards, and she continues to write a weekly feature column for the Union Democrat newspaper. Among her favorite authors: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Loren Eiseley, Viktor Frankl, John Steinbeck and Alexander McCall Smith. Her heroes include Albert Schweitzer, Nelson Mandela, Vaclav Havel, Prudence Crandall and Harriet Tubman. Sunny loves being a member of Redwood Writers! 

This prize winning story will be published in the anthology: A Taste of Literary Elegance: Wine, Cheese & Chocolate. The anthology is due out March 2014, published by Manzanita Writers Press and includes work by writers and artists from 20 states.

 

Robert Shafer

Robert Shafer

Robert M. Shafer, Honorable Mention

“Predator” Read the story, click here:  
Shafer – Predator – Full -HM

Bob Shafer, a member of Redwood Writers, grew up as a Chicago slum boy and an abandoned child. Those early years inspire most of his writing. He served four years in the U.S. Navy, with two and a half of those years aboard warships. He worked thirty-five years as a film/video editor in San Francisco and spent five years as a ranch hand, caring for horses. He currently resides in Napa, California.

Marian Lindner

Marian Lindner

Contest Chair: Marian Lindner is a writer and freelance editor of fiction and non-fiction manuscripts. Her specialties include plot development, point-of- view, and enhancing clarity while retaining the integrity of a writer’s unique voice. She is the author of two novels, one screenplay, and the daily affirmation self-help guide, The Emotionally Available Partner. A former High School English teacher and award-winning grant writer, Marian also holds a Master of Arts in Comparative Literature. For more about Marian, check out her website: www.marianlindner.com.

Judges 

Bob Fischer

Bob Fischer

Robert Fischer was raised in San Francisco and currently resides in Santa Rosa, California, and is a semi-retired real estate developer. He became a furniture manufacturer after serving in the Korean War, an import-exporter and a restaurant owner with many outlets in both Australia and California. He is an entrepreneur, largely self-taught, a Dad to five children and a husband to his wife Helga for 36 years. He flew his own helicopter and flew for a Senator in the Philippines during the President Marcos period.

After returning to America, he sold desalination equipment in Arabia, Australia and the Polynesian Islands. Plane Jane, his debut novel, highlights experiences in Bulgaria, where he witnessed widespread theft of autos and airplanes from the West. The Return of Private Fischer is Fischer’s second truth-based novel, which highlights the abandonment of over ten thousand Korean War soldiers to their fate inside the Soviet Gulag and the attempt to find him in Siberia and bring him home. Both titles were accepted by Costco.

JC Miller

JC Miller

JC (Jeanne) Miller’s most recent novel, Vacation, was published by Last Light Studio. In addition to attending Tin House Writer’s Workshop where she studied with Jonathan Dee, 2011 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, she has been a Master Class resident at Hedgebrook Institute. She is a founding member of JAM, a manuscript consultation team. An avid reader and table tennis enthusiast, JC resides in Northern California.

Anna Loan-Wilsey

Anna Loan-Wilsey

Anna Loan-Wilsey has worn lots of different career hats including biologist, librarian, and now author of the Hattie Davish Mystery series. She earned a B.A. at Wells College in Aurora, NY and had several poems published in their literary magazine, The Chronicle. She earned her M.L.I.S. from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She has worked in academia much of her life including Syracuse University, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Texas A&M University-Commerce and most recently, Iowa State University, publishing in several scientific peer-reviewed journals.  

Of A Lack of Temperance her first novel and first in the Hattie Davish Mysteries Series, Publishers Weekly said, “Loan-Wilsey’s delightful debut introduces Hattie Davish…Cozy fans will eagerly await Hattie’s next adventure,” while Library Journal added that “This historical cozy debut showcases the author’s superb research. Readers will be fascinated by the volatility within the 1890s women’s temperance movement and by the Victorian obsession with healing spas … this is a warm beginning.”  She is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. Anything But Civil, the second in the series, is due out in October.