The Cisco Writers Club is delighted to announce winners in its 41st Annual Summer Contest, awarding approximately $1,500 in prizes.
For the second year in a row the prestigious David Autry Sweepstakes Award was shared. Sponsored by Cisco College, this award goes to the contestant accumulating the most points, including at least one first. Robert Robeson of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Nick Sweet of Shepherd, Texas, shared that honor.
Of special interest was the Adventures in Writing category, reserved for ages 15 and under, where, to preserve UIL eligibility, only noncash prizes are awarded. This year that is a 15-minute flight in a private plane, courtesy of Cisco Aviation. First and second in this category went to Eli Brumley (11) and Lucious Taber (10) of Cisco; third was captured by Cathleen Kivett-Smith (12) of St. Johns, Florida.
Entries came from nine states and two foreign countries, but Big Country writers held their own. Sleepy Gomez of Cisco took first in Poetry, and Linda Gordon of Abilene pocketed first in Publication Briefs (Columns). Gordon also placed third in Articles.
A special guest for the ceremony was Katy Huth Jones, widely published author and CWC contestant who came from Fort Worth to accept an honorable mention in Short Stories for her children’s tale, “Beans to Spill in Noseyville.”
Judges are an essential part of every contest, and CWC thanks the following for giving of their time and expertise:
Adventures in Writing, Kathy Spencer of Cisco; Articles, Gay Ingram of Big Sandy TX; Books, Robyn Conley of Clyde TX; Poetry, Kenneth Fenter of Springfield OR; Publication Briefs, Bokerah Brumley of Cisco; and Short Stories, K-Trina Meador of Macomb OK
In addition to Cisco College, special appreciation goes to the following generous contest underwriters: Bryan’s Auto Supply (Eastland), Cisco Aviation, First Financial Bank (Eastland), Southwest Emblem (Cisco), Tea Party Patriots of Eastland County, The Grateful Texan (Cisco) and Wilks Brothers, LLC (Cisco).