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2016 Contest Winners

Urvi ChowdhuryUrvi Chowdhury WINNER, Fiction
Fiction: On the Run
Urvi is a sophomore at Clarksburg High School. From a young age, she developed a love for reading stories, which triggered her love for writing. Her other hobbies include dancing and singing.

// Read On the Run //

Melanie S. HAtterMelanie S. Hatter RUNNER-UP, Fiction
Fiction: Malawi's Sisters
Melanie is the author of “The Color of My Soul,” winner of the 2011 Washington Writers’ Publishing House Fiction Prize, and “Let No One Weep for Me, Stories of Love and Loss.” She received a bachelor’s degree from Hampton University and a Master in Writing from Johns Hopkins University.

// Read Malawai's Sisters //

Rebecca BrowningStephen Truman Sugg
RUNNER-UP, Fiction

Fiction: Stanley and Phyllis
Stephen manages government relations and place-based initiatives at the Housing Assistance Council, a national nonprofit focused on stronger rural communities. His fiction has appeared in Bellevue Literary Review and Midwestern Gothic. He lives in Rockville with his wife and three toddlers.

// Read Stanley and Phyllis // 

Adele Steiner BrownLaura Donnelly-Smith
WINNER, Creative Non-Fiction

Creative Non-Fiction: Tree Fall
Laura is an exhibit writer and editor at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. She grew up in Buffalo, New York, and loves museums, old houses and running. She lives in Silver Spring with her husband and two sons.

Her work will appear in the February/March 2017 issue of Montgomery Magazine.

Randall LuceSuzyn Jackson Gonzalez
RUNNER-UP, Creative Non-Fiction

Creative Non-Fiction:
Sitting in Airports, Waiting for Planes
Suzyn is the author of “Going Home Married: How to Plan a Meaningful Wedding Without Losing Your Mind,” and the editor of the anthology “Knit it Together: Patterns and Inspirations for Knitting Circles.”

// Read Sitting in Airports, Waiting for Planes //

Randall LuceJudy Ohr
RUNNER-UP, Creative Non-Fiction

Creative Non-Fiction: Sand Never Stops Shifting
Judy began her “literary career” writing for her high school newspaper. She majored in journalism at the University of Maine. After serving in the Air Force, she worked in social research and joined Westat, Rockville, in 1991 and retired as a senior study director. She has two daughters and lives in Poolesville.

// Read Sand Never Stops Shifting //

Randall LuceSuzyn Jackson Gonzalez
WINNER, Poetry

Poetry: The Osprey's Nest
Emma, of Silver Spring, is a sophomore English major at the University of South Carolina. She enjoys the creative arts and will be pursuing the creative writing track within the English department. After graduation, she hopes to publish a novel and then pursue a Master in Education and teach elementary school.

Her work will appear in the February/March 2017 issue of Montgomery Magazine.

Randall LuceShirley Menendez

Poetry: A Villanelle to Life in America
Shirley is a poet and author living in North Potomac. Her book, “B is for Blue Crab: A Maryland Alphabet,” combines rhymes and text celebrating the state’s rich history and landmarks.

// Read A Villanelle to Life in America //

Randall LuceJennifer Bunch

Poetry: Apple Pie Ala Mode: A Chronicle of the 1960s
Jennifer spent 10 years as an attorney advocating for people with disabilities when she decided to pursue creative writing full-time. At 17, her play, “Diamonds,” was selected as one of five national finalists in Very Special Arts’ Henry Fonda Young Playwrights Project.

// Read Apple Pie Ala Mode //



Montgomery Writes

WHERE ARE YOU?You need to get off the beaten path to find this piece of Montgomery County history, but the red sandstone should be your first clue. Photograph by Ryan Cogswell

One winner will be randomly selected from all correct answers received by May 10.
Jono Sirovatka of Bethesda recognized the bridge over the Fishladder Channel of the Potomac between Olmstead Island and the C&O Canal and wins the framed print.
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