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Arizona winners of NFPW 2014 communications contest to be honored

Five Arizona writers who are winners in the National Federation of Press Women’s 2014 communications contest will be honored at the NFPW Communications Conference in Greenville, S.C., Sept. 4-6. There were more than 300 contest winners this year, and entries were judged by leaders in each field.

Brenda Warneka, first-place winner in National Federation of Press Women’s 2014 communications contest
Brenda Warneka, first-place winner in National Federation of Press Women’s 2014 communications contest
Photographer: Dick Warneka; photo courtesy of Arizona Press Women; used with permission

Brenda Warneka received first place in the 11C Columns, Informational category for two “Writing and the Law” columns: “The Curious Condition Called Cryptomnesia” and “Damages to Real People in Fiction.” The columns were published in TypeRider, APW’s newsletter. In addition she received third place in the 40 Audiovisuals for PowerPoint Presentation category for “Writing and the Law: Writing about Real People in Nonfiction and Fiction,” presented at 2013 NFPW National Conference in Salt Lake City.

Betsy Batish won third place in the 10R Specialty Articles, Sports category for two horse-related articles: “I Spy a Rainbow Conquer NAL Pony Jumper Finals” and “The 2013 Pennsylvania National Horse Show and Rucci.” The articles appeared on everythingeq.com. Batish also received honorable mention in the 17C Single Photograph category for her photograph: Ribbon Falls, Grand Canyon National Park.

Katherine Herbert received honorable mention in the 60A Short Story category for “Guy Walks Into a Bar.” The story was published in “SoWest: Crime Time,” a Desert Sleuths-Sisters in Crime anthology.

Vickie Jennett received first place in the 60B Short Stories, Collection category for “Sonoran Borders: Threads of Friendship.” The series of short stories includes charts and patterns that allow readers to stitch along with the characters as their stories are told.

Emily Cary received second place in the 10C Specialty Articles, Arts & Entertainment category for two articles in Weekendlife, a supplement to the Friday edition of the Washington Times: “An artist of note honors first president, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Roger Reynolds’ work premieres in D.C.” and “All set to ‘Soulify’; Vocalist Ellis Hall to perform at the Kennedy Center.”

The writers are members of Arizona Professional Writers, which was known as Arizona Press Women prior to July 1, 2014. The group is an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women. For the first time since its founding, members may join APW without also joining NFPW.