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Our Winning Writers

We’re proud to introduce the winners of Write On The River’s 2020 Writers Competition

This is the thirteenth year of the competition and its first time accepting submissions from eastern Washington residents only. We thank the dozens of regional writers who submitted their very competitive best work – and we hope you keep on writing!

These six writers will share $1200 in cash awards and are invited to read their entries at the spring Four Minutes of Fame in Wenatchee.

Watch this site for details of that open mic event.

 Click here to read the writing competition winning entries!


First place: “The Girl in the Bleachers” Cynthia Eileen Hoff

Cynthia, who’s been a freelance writer for 35 years, began writing at a Silicon Valley public relations firm, then spent the bulk of her career in higher education, researching and writing campus materials and editing dissertations. She now writes for health care providers across the country. Freelancing in Wenatchee allows Cynthia to attend every sporting event her husband and now-grown children play and coach—cementing her role as the girl in the bleachers.


Second place: “On Being Young” by Gianna Marie Starble

Gianna is a newcomer to freelance writing and currently creating a website featuring stories about women with a long history in the arts. She also journals and writes poetry and as a teenager won a prestigious national award for her play “Collectibles.” After living in the Wenatchee Valley for just over two years, she relocated this winter to California for her husband’s work. To learn about Gianna’s writing services and her upcoming project, reach her at giannamariestarble@gmail.com.


Third place: “Bleeding to Death” by John Gallanis

John began writing only three years ago, after he retired from practicing medicine for forty years. With encouragement from his wife, he entered the competition and was pleasantly surprised to learn (twice) of his potential. He finds it stimulating to write and to read at Write On The River’s Four Minutes of Fame and at the Wenatchee Senior Center Writers Group. Working from his East Wenatchee home, John anticipates self-publishing a collection of his nonfiction stories.


First place: “The Bellhop” by Micah Ray Pridmore

Micah currently lives in Pasco and is pursuing a degree for a career as licensed clinical social worker. He reads classic novels, murder mysteries, poetry and self-help psychology books. He loves writing fiction and is finishing up his first creative writing course at Columbia Basin College, where he also works as a writing tutor. Micah enjoys time with family and friends, playing his Ibanez guitar, learning Spanish, hiking Badger Mountain and playing pick-up soccer.


Second place: “Devil in the Ring” by Denali White

Denali White decided to become a writer when she was nine years old and is fascinated by all forms of storytelling, including zines and roleplaying games. She left her Wenatchee hometown for six years to learn both fiber arts and book arts and has returned to do both, with the intent to stay. A Write On The River member since her first year of high school, she has long dreamed of a writing competition award.



Third place: “Richland Days” by Ann McCreary

Ann McCreary has enjoyed a long career in print journalism, writing for newspapers from California to Utah to New England. She settled in the Methow Valley 25 years ago and recently retired after many years of reporting for the Methow Valley News. She still contributes feature articles to the paper but says she no longer has a good excuse to avoid trying her hand at writing fiction, which she finds more challenging than reporting news.


Click here to read the writing competition winning entries!