2017 Historical Fiction Contest Winners


Congratulations to the Redwood Writers
2017 Historical Fiction Contest Winners!

Sandy Baker


Sandy Baker

"River of Ice"

History was never Sandy Baker's favorite subject. But slogging through many U.S. History courses must have made an impression to inspire her middle grade "River of Ice" story about a child spy during the American Revolution. Always wanting to expand her writing skills, she has submitted stories to most contests including Steampunk, Fan Fiction, Horror, Memoir, and others. It's advice she gives to all members: Try something new, keep writing, and never give up! Sandy has been a Redwood Writer since 2009 and was president 2014-2016. Her U.S. historian husband is particularly proud of her "River of Ice" effort!

jean wong


Jean Wong

"Isabella Land Diaries"

Soneile Hymn


Soneile Hymn

"Crime Does Not Pay"

Jean Wong, author of Sleeping with the Gods and Hurtling Jade, is an award winning poet, fiction, and memoir writer. Her work has been produced by the 6th Street Playhouse and other theater venues. Jean writes from the bottom of a well, always amazed to look up and see the sky.

Soneile Hymn grew up living the Bohemian lifestyle, traveling around the country with her artist hippie mother. Though she continues the Bohemian artist lifestyle, she also grew some roots in Northern California, where she lives with her daughter. Soneile has published a smattering of articles and papers over the years, but recently decided to center writing in her life. She is currently working on her first novel about Sabina Scarlett, a depression era outlaw.

Cristina Goulart


Cristina Goulart

"Somebody Calling My Name"

Robbi Bryant


Robbi Sommers Bryant

"All You Need is Love"

Cristina Goulart writes fiction, poetry, flash memoir, and articles addressing environmental issues. Her work has appeared in several Redwood Writers anthologies, the Windsor Times and other Sonoma County community papers. Her short story, "Spare the Rod," was selected for the 2016 Lucky Penny Productions short story dramatic reading production in Napa, California.

Robbi Sommers Bryant's award-winning books include a novella, four novels, five short story collections, and one book of poetry. Her work is published in magazines including Readers Digest, Redbook, Penthouse, college textbooks and several anthologies. Robbi’s work was also optioned twice for television’s Movie of the Week. She is past president of Redwood Writers and currently serves as Vice President. Her focus is developmental, content, and copy editing.




Lisa Abellera joined Kimberley Cameron and Associates in 2013 with a background in management, marketing, and finance. She earned her B.A. in Strategic Management from Dominican University of CA and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from University of San Francisco. Lisa is seeking upmarket and literary fiction, women's fiction, historical fiction, mystery, suspense, thriller, science fiction, fantasy, literary horror, most speculative fiction except for paranormal fantasy, romance if an element or part of another genre, YA and middle grade fiction. She is especially looking for diverse stories and authors from underrepresented backgrounds.


Becca Lawton

Becca Lawton is a writer, fluvial geologist, and former Colorado River guide who has published in Aeon, Brevity, Hakai, Orion, Shenandoah, Sierra, THEMA, Undark, and many other journals. She is the author and co-author of seven books, including the San Francisco Chronicle Bay Area Bestseller Reading Water: Les-sons from the River. Her writing has won a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair, the Ellen Meloy Award for Desert Writers, a WILLA for original softcover fiction, the Waterston Desert Writing Prize, three Pushcart nominations, a Best American Science and Nature Writing nomination, and residencies at Hedgebrook, The Island Institute, and Playa.


Waights Taylor

Waights Taylor Jr.’s first two books were non-fiction: Alfons Mucha's Slav Epic, (2008); and the award-winning Our Southern Home, (2011). His first novel, also an award winner, was the murder mystery Kiss of Salvation (2014). The second book in the murder mystery series was Touch of Redemption (2016). The third and final book in the series, Heed the Apocalypse, will published in 2017.



Dmitri Morningstar

Dmitri Morningstar is a ripe old hippie within a framework of gentility and good humor. During the 1960s and 70s, he produced folk concerts and worked tirelessly in the Peace movement. He is writing his memoir primarily to share some historical nonfiction with today’s young people; so they will know that through peaceful means, and even music, they can change the world and create a better one than what is before them today. He is also writing true stories of his Maine Coon cats.

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