The winners of the 26th annual Writers Competition at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library were recognized Saturday, May 17, in a ceremony hosted by the Friends of the Library.
Winners received cash prizes supported by grants from the Coeur d’Alene Kiwanis Club and the Friends of the Library -- $100 for first, $50 for second, and $25 for third. In case of ties full duplicate prizes are awarded.
Writing entries are fiction and nonfiction prose of 2,000 words or less. Entries are judged by volunteers who are professional writers, editors, and educators. Nearly 200 entries were submitted in age groups ranging from 6 to adult for the 2014 competition.
Prizes were awarded to:
► Fiction 19-plus: First (tie), Angela Gates, Hayden, “Six Months of June” – First (tie), Becca Sims, Coeur d’Alene, “Iris in the Sky” – Second, Jani Gonzalez, Rathdrum, “Life on Mars” – Third, Nina Eckberg, Coeur d’Alene, “Sons of Bitches.”
► Fiction Age 15-18: First, Faithe Christensen, Coeur d’Alene, “A Car Full of Irony” – Second, Chloe Dennis, Coeur d’Alene, “Tree Limbs in Winter” – Third, Matthew Corless, Coeur d’Alene, “Descent.”
► Fiction Ages 12-14: Louisa Olson, Coeur d’Alene, “The Tiger” – Second (tie), Kendyl Dickinson, Rathdrum, “”Am I Crazy?” - Second (tie), Isaac Harrison, Coeur d’Alene, “After the Storm” - Third, Brooke McClurkin, Dalton Gardens, “The Kindertransport.”
► Fiction Ages 9-11: First, Avery Hunt, Coeur d’Alene, “Hiding in the Open” – Second, Alison Cranney, Coeur d’Alene, “Carl, A Red Blood Cell” – Third, Jeffrey Olmo, Hauser, “The Dark Void.”
► Fiction Ages 6-8: First, Nathan Edmonds, Coeur d’Alene, “The Adventure of FFTNE: Mars” – Second, Jessalynn Adams, Coeur d’Alene, “The Dolphin and the Horse” – Third, Jacob Bass, Coeur d’Alene, “The New Hotwheel.”
► Nonfiction 19-Plus: First, Adina Schenkenberger, Rathdrum, “Gentle Men” – Second, Marge Huntington, Spokane Valley, “Memories” – Third, Marge Huntington, “Christmas Eve.”
► Nonfiction Ages 15-18: Second, Emma Ployhar, Coeur d’Alene, “Words” – Third, Aleesa McArthur, Post Falls, “Virtueless.”
► Nonfiction Ages 12-14: First, Samantha Nearing, Post Falls, “What is Bravery” – Second, Samuel Cuentas, Post Falls, “Phantom of the Mountain” – Third (tie), Brilliana Preston, Coeur d’Alene, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin: Literary Analysis” – Third (tie), Collin Thompson, Hayden, “Secret of the Lake.”
► Nonfiction Ages 9-11: First, Jeffrey Olmo, Hauser, “’Bee’yond Imagination” – Second, Grace Remmick, Coeur d’Alene, “The Little Cook Car” – Third, Peyton Jerome, Coeur d’Alene, “Earthquake”
► Nonfiction Ages 6-8: First, Thomas Heresy, Coeur d’Alene, “Farm Living is the Life for Me: The Next Year” – Second, Paige Wilton, Hayden, “My Autobiography.”
The third annual lecture by Dr. David Adler at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library was recorded and the DVD can now be checked out at the library.
“The Constitution and Religion: Origins, Challenges and Accommodations,” presented by the Director of the Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State University, has also been scheduled to air on the city’s local access channel, CDA-TV.
The Channel 19 screenings for the immediate future will include Sunday and Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.; Monday and Friday, 2:30 a.m.; and Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. Schedules are subject to change.
Four copies of the DVD have been added to the library collection and can be checked out for a week.
The video was produced when Adler spoke at the library on May 8. Adler’s appearance was made possible by the Idaho Humanities Council, the state-based affiliate of the National
Endowment for the Humanities. The program was also sponsored the Coeur d’Alene Press and the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
CDA-TV provides live and recorded coverage of public meetings and other information of interest to the residents of Coeur d’Alene and North Idaho.
The Pageturners Library Book Club will discuss “A Briefer History of Time” by Stephen Hawking, when it meets Wednesday, May 28 at 10:15 a.m., in the Community Room. Scholar Nancy Casey will lead the discussion.
This is the final book in the current series as part of the Let’s Talk About It (LTAI) program with books provided by Idaho Commission for Libraries.
LTAI provides 25 copies of each of the books to be discussed by scholars provided by the Idaho Humanities Council. The program is also sponsored by the US Bancorp Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
The local book club also receives funding from the Friends of the Library.
The series is based on the theme “The Humanity of Science and Technology.”
All book club discussions are open to any adult reader at no charge and no registration is required. Books, along with discussion materials, can be checked out by visiting the library’s Research and Information Desk. All discussions begin at 10:15 a.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month. There is no discussion in December.