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2015 Writers Competition!

Applaud Write On The River’s Winning Writers!
Top awards for short fiction and nonfiction in the 2015 ALCOA Competition go to six local literary artists. Jen Barger, Marlene Farrell, David Hammond, Janna Hatton, Jake Lodato and Lloyd Smith will receive a share of $1200 in cash prizes at the opening of the Conference on Saturday May 16. You can read more detailed bios of them below, and CLICK HERE to read their winning entries.
Their younger counterparts submitting work to the group’s Chelsea Cain Fiction Competition will also be recognized at that ceremony. They are Juan Gaspar Martin Jr., a senior at Wenatchee High School; Ellen Perleberg, a sophomore at Cashmere High School (Honorable Mentions) and the $100 prize winner, Edan Patterson, a junior at Wenatchee High School in WVC’s Running Start program.
Congratulations to our wonderful winners, and thanks to all who threw their writerly hat in the ring!
Jen Barger, from East Wenatchee, grew up in Moscow Idaho and Seattle and attributes her creativity to “parental influence, exposure to secondhand non-conformity and the ability to self-entertain.” She thanks family and friends for being a support and inspiration to her.
Marlene Farrell writes articles, blogs and children’s fiction, influenced by ecology and the outdoors as well as her family adventures. In Leavenworth, she enjoys trail running and coaching kids in running and skiing, and she explores the Puget Sound and beyond by sailboat.
David Hammond grew up in the Columbia Basin near Quincy. After vowing to leave, he came back to farm the soil that settled out of the great Ice Age floods. He says “Writing has been a low grade fever for me. It’s always lurking in the back of my mind..the dream lives on.”
Janna Hatton: Born in Finland to a family of devoted readers, the love of language and reading came naturally to her. Five decades later, joining a critique group with the Skagit Valley Writers League and later a class at the Wenatchee Senior Center kept her writing and learning.
Jake Lodato writes non-fiction drawing on his peripatetic childhood in mid-century California, relating the homegrown antics and poignant moments that only close family life provides. He and wife Kathy live on “knapweed and puncturevine acreage” in Malaga.
Lloyd Smith from East Wenatchee has been a writer or editor for dozens of articles, political campaign flyers, masters theses, and doctoral dissertations. He’s also written and delivered over 150 speeches and has won 26 competitions for Toastmasters International.