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2020 Pennwriters Annual Writing Contest and Meritorious Award

Susan M Fobes  | Published on 5/16/2020
 Congratulations to this year's winners, and a big thanks to all those who entered!


First Place:  Between Rocks and a Hard Place by Laura Savino 

Second Place:  Words in the Kitchen by Hana Haatainen-Caye 

Third Place:  The Bell by Maggie DeMaso

First Place:  The Healer of Geistville by Michele Malinchak

Second Place:  Strange Fire by Joel Burcat

Third Place: Stolen Ember by Johanna Greenlaw


First Place:  Mademoiselle Boissire Knitting by Elizabeth Bodien 

Second Place:  Laugh Lines by Susan Manchin 

Third Place:  No, My Friend, It Is Not by Amanda Span

Short Story

First Place:  Turn, Turn by Lynda Gene Rymond 

Second Place:  Resting Place by Gretchen Lockwood 

Third Place:  (tie) The Keeper of Secrets by Paul Teese
Choices by David MacPherson

This year's Meritorious Service Award goes to:

Madhu Wangu

Madhu Bazaz Wangu's unique Writing Meditation Practice (WMP) combines meditation, journaling, walking in the wilderness, writing with others, and reading. On the first Wednesday of March, 2011, she invited a few Pennwriters to practice WMP with her, and thus the first Mindful Writers Group was founded. That has since grown to five groups including Online Mindful Writers Group (OMWG) and Mindful Poets Group. Madhu Bazaz Wangu has written, narrated, and recorded three CDs "Meditations for Mindful Writers I, II, III." The daily practice of her guided meditation enhances attention, hones self-awareness, expands imagination, and increases productivity.

A multi-award-winning fiction writer, she has also published non-fiction books on Hindu and Buddhist art. Her second collection of short stories, Little Journeys, is forthcoming in 2021. Currently, she is writing a guidebook titled, Unclog Your Flow, Enrich Your Daily Life: 365 Journaling Prompts and 13 Meditations for Writers. Read her inspirational daily posts at
Online Mindful Writers Group