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About the Contest

Every two years North Country Public Radio and the Adirondack Center for Writing offer cash awards in a contest for the best new writing by authors of the region. For each contest two genre are selected, with prizes awarded in each genre, and in each of two age groups, 12-20 years, and 21 years and older. Judging is done by a panel of regional editors and writers. The winning authors for the 2007-2008 contest are featured below. The text of the winning entries will be available shortly. The 2009-2010 contest is still in the planning stage. Genre, judges, submission guidelines and deadlines are yet to be determined.

Winners of the 2007-08 Contest

Humor 21+

First Place: Patrick O'Brien, West Chazy, NY
Jerry on the Wall | Read

Runner-up: Janice Cutbush, Ballston Spa, NY
Aunt Margaret's Uterus and Other Miscellaneous Clutter | Read

Humor 12-20

First Place: Raven Hetzler, Potsdam, NY
Congress Embrolied in Kitten vs. Puppies Debate | Read

Short Story 21+

First Place: Gabriela Bartlett, Saratoga Springs, NY
The Girl | Read

Runner-up: Glen Erick Miller, Lowville, NY
Essence | Read

Runner-up: Paul Schimmelpfennig, Waterville, VT
Seneca Said | Read

Short Story 12-20

First Place: Mariah Wilson, Lisbon, NY
Pressed Flowers | Read

Runner-up: Catherine Sheard, Canton, NY
Mountaintop | Read

Runner-up: Matthew Snyder, Potsdam, NY
Lessons of the Field
| Read

Winners of the 2005-06 Contest

Nature Writing

First Place: Trina Hikel, Hinesburg, VT
Nature | Read

Runner-up: Clint McCoy, Canton, NY
Loon Gluttony | Read

Memoir Writing

First Place: Patricia Baird Greene, Hermon, NY
The Day Before The Auction | Read

Runner-up: Dana Fast, Lake Clear, NY
Escape from the Ghetto | Read

Runner-up: Renate Wildermuth, North Creek, NY
The King of Crumbs | Read

Winners of the 2003-04 Contest

One-Act Play: authors age 21+

First Place: Betsy Kepes, Colton
Friday Afternoon at the Kleen-N-Brite | Listen | Read

Runner-up: Fred E. Balsac, Jr., Jay
Who’s Buried With Lou Gehrig’s Disease? (Or, John Wayne Walks This Way) | Listen | Read

Runner-up: Patrick O'Brien, West Chazy
Fly on the Wall | Listen | Read

One-Act Play: authors age 12-20 years

There were no awards given for one-act plays by authors 12-20.

Short Fiction: authors age 21+

First Place: Mary Case, Glenfield
Skin Deep | Listen | Read

Runner-up: Mary Cuffe, Galway
Flora | Listen | Read

Runner-up: Kevin Pentalow, Brushton
Wasting Time | Listen | Read

Short Fiction: authors age 12-20 years

First Place: Albert Trithart, Potsdam
The Violin | Listen | Read

Runners-up: none were recognized

Winners of the 2002 Contest

Creative Non-Fiction, 21 years and older

Winner: Mary Cuffe, Galway NY
How to Make Abandoned Orchard Apple Pie
Listen | Read

Runner up: Charlotte Landon, Potsdam NY
Hattie Campbell
Listen | Read

Runner up: Hilary Grimes, Norwood NY
Listen | Read

Creative Non-Fiction, 12-20 years

Winner: Jeffrey Rowledge, Madrid NY
We Were a Back Road Family
Listen | Read

Runner up: Logan Thomas Patnode, Cranberry Lake NY
Listen | Read

Runner up: Kate McCahill, Lake Placid NY
The Family Reunion
Listen | Read

Poetry, 21 years and older

Winner: Nancy Means Wright, Cornwall VT
Tableau | The Open Door | Choices
Read all three poems

Runner up: Bernice Mennis, Fort Ann NY
To Live By the Sea | Pictures in the Tunisian Desert | I Come to Your Door
Read all three poems

Runner up: Gerald Schwartz, West Irondequoit NY
Song of Noah John Rondeau
Listen | Read

Poetry, 12-20 years

Winner: Benjamin Giler, Burlington VT
Clean cloths through poetry, or vice-versa
Read all three poems

Runner up: Jennifer Williamson, Canton NY
Lover | Medusa | Town of My Farewell to You
Three poems

Runner up: Joe Cervelin, Tupper Lake NY
Undispiuted Tribute/Tones of Hoon/Until the Sun
Read all three poems

Read and listen to the
2001-2002 contest winners


Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY

Jefferson Community College, Watertown, NY

North Country Community College, Saranac Lake, NY

Paul Smith's, The College of the Adirondacks, Paul Smiths, NY

Plattsburgh State University, Plattsburgh, NY

SUNY Canton College of Technology, Canton, NY

State University of New York College at Potsdam, Potsdam, NY

St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY