Non-Fiction Contest 2015 Winners


Congratulations to all the winners of
the 2015 Non-Fiction Contest!

Below, read the winning story
and find out about all the winners.



First Place

“Dragon Lady”
by Natasha Yim


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Natasha Yim

Natasha Yim is a children’s author and freelance writer. She has published four picture books, and her non-fiction articles have appeared in both adult and children’s magazines. She is a regular contributor to Mendocino Arts Magazine. Natasha’s upcoming picture book, The Rock Maiden, will be released by Wisdom Tales Press in 2017.

Second Place


“The Gambler”
by Christopher Reiner

Christopher Oak Reinier lives by the Russian River, writes children’s stories, short stories, poetry, songs, plays, and essays. He has published four children’s books and soon will be publishing two chapbooks of poetry. Occasionally, he performs his songs in the Russian River area.

Third Place


“A Chance Meeting on the John Muir Trail”
by Inga Aksamit

Inga Aksamit is a Kenwood-based travel writer whose passion is adventure and exploration all around the Pacific Rim. Publications include “Bear Encounters on the Chilkoot Trail” in Travel Stories from Around the Globe, “Rolling Down the River” in Coast and Kayak Magazine, and “Upside Down in Western Australia” in “Journeys: On the Road & Off the Map.”

Honorable Mention


“Life After Cataract Surgery”
by Kay Mehl Miller

Kay Mehl Miller, Ph.D. enjoyed careers in journalism, teaching, and psychotherapy. Her non-fiction book Talking It Over: Understanding Sexual Diversity is her story as an activist parent. Living with the Stranger in Me examines issues of loss and renewal in aging, while Love Comes at Twilight, a novel, expands on themes of visibility and full engagement while aging.

Honorable Mention


“Omaha Beach”
by Nathaniel Robert Winters

Nathaniel Robert Bob” Winters joined the Navy from New York City. The Vietnam veteran earned a bachelor’s from Sonoma State University and a master’s from California State University at Stanislaus. The retired teacher has written 12 books, appealing to a variety of age groups. Winters lives with his wife, son, and dog in Napa Valley. Despite having Parkinson’s disease, he writes every day.