Congratulations to the 2016 Central Coast Writers Contest Winners!
The Central Coast Writers Conference was amazing, the contest awards ceremony inspirational. Please meet the top winners, and share their stories in the tab headings above. FIRST PLACE WINNERS Short Fiction Sharyl
is a fiber and paper artist, novelist, screenwriter and poet. She has
served as past Director of the SLO NightWriters Golden Quill writing
competition and as judge for the SLO Coastal School District student writing
competition. She has won awards of her own for prose and poetry and her
screenplay, Keepers of the Dream, rose to the top 3% in Miramax’s
first, Project Greenlight. Sharyl is a longstanding member of SLO NightWriters and has
served on their Board of Directors.
Poetry Russell Read
At Old Faithful Down the Line
In the Blink of an Eye
writes from a never-quite-empty nest on an old chicken farm in Sonoma County.
Her writing has appeared in various anthologies as well as in THEMA, Poets
& Writers online, the California Writers Club Literary Review and most
recently, Persimmon Tree. Brenda has been working on a young adult novel and is
currently negotiating with her characters over revisions.
Fiction Laura Ruth Loomis
Laura Ruth Loomis is a social worker in the San
Francisco area. Her fiction chapbook,Lost
in Translation, will be coming out in November from Wordrunner Press.
Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared inWriter's
Digest,On the Premises,Many Mountains Moving,Writer Advice, and elsewhere.
She can be found on Twitter at @LauraRuthless.
Poetry Nicole Dorfman
The Night Bus
Nicole Lonner Dorfman is a
recreational writer whose works including poetry, screenplay and short
screenplay for the movie “Jam” was produced into a full-length feature, which
screened at festivals throughout the country and abroad, clinching the Best
American Independent Award at the Santa Fe Film Festival. She is an activist at heart and is
passionate about using her skills to illuminate salient issues for a wide
audience. You can often find her letters to the editor and opinion pieces in
print in local news sources. Nicole lives in Morro Bay, California
with her husband and their two kids.
Fiction Ann Neumann
The Moment of Reckoning
Of Lebanese-Armenian extraction,
Ann Cathleen Neumann grew up (mostly) in San Luis Obispo, spending a
thirty-year stint in Sacramento before returning to SLO, where she spends as
little time as possible teaching technical writing and editing reports and as
much time as possible exploring the world of literature. Though she dabbles in
writing for adults, her main love is writing for children. She recently
finished her first YA novel, an excerpt of which won the grand prize in the
2016 San Francisco Writing Contest. She is so new to the world of fiction
publishing that she doesn’t yet have a proper head shot, though she does have
the proper attire for a British wedding. Her winning entry was her first
attempt at flash fiction, a genre she had to google when she first read the
contest categories. She has no blog, no twitter account,
no webpage, and no agent—yet. She does have Facebook but recently learned that
doesn’t count. She has found that the best way to live each day is by faith.
Fiction Colleen Murphy
spent much of her childhood summers tucked away in public libraries lost in
Trixie Belden detective novels and many other wonderful books. Growing up
as an Air Force kid, libraries were her happy place and a familiar space
throughout many family moves. She now lives in Arroyo Grande with her wife
Monica and their three lovable but neurotic cats. Colleen is a vice
president with SESLOC Federal Credit Union, where she gets to utilize her
passion and skills for creating structure in facility and risk management
projects. She is honored to be a participant in the Central Coast
Writer's Contest and continues to obsess about her story submission and the
edits she wishes she had made. :)
Poetry Laura Apol
Laura Apol is a faculty member at
Michigan State University, where she teaches poetry, writing, and literature in
face-to-face, international, and online environments. Laura has published poetry in numerous
anthologies and literary journals, and she is recognized through a number of
poetry prizes. She is the
co-author of a collection of William Stafford’s poetry for young readers (Learning
to Live in the World: Earth
Poems by William Stafford, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1995, Winner of a
Hungry Mind Books of Distinction Award). Her own poetry has been published in
three full-length collections:Falling
Into Grace(Dordt College
Press, 1998),Crossing the
Ladder of Sun(Michigan State
University Press, 2004, Winner of the Oklahoma Book Award), andRequiem, Rwanda (Michigan State University Press, 2015),
drawn from her work in Rwanda using writing to facilitate healing among
survivors of the 1994 genocide.Her
poems about Rwanda are translated into Kinyarwanda in her collection,Emwe N’imvura Irabyibuka(Even the Rain Remembers;Mudacumura Press, 2015). She is currently completing a
novel-in-poems for adolescents entitled,Tutsi,based on the story of one genocide
survivor; and she is also finishing her fourth collection of poems: Nothing but the Blood.
Fiction Gordon McPherson
Gordon was born in England in 1952 and spent his early years in
the county of Wiltshire, where he acquired some of his accent. In 1959, his
parents made the bold decision to emigrate to South Australia, part of the
Lucky Country and he has lived there ever since, acquiring the ret of his
accent. He attended the local primary and high school, and it was here that his
preoccupation with writing began, with poetry and surprise ending short
stories. He attained his degree from Flinders University near Adelaide,
majoring in English and Italian. Education was free at the time, and he seems
to have suffered no ill effects from the evils of socialism. His working life
was spent teaching at the same kind of local high schools where he himself was
taught and his preferred subjects were English, Drama, History and Geography.
He was heavily involved n writing and directing high school musicals.
care of, and attention to, the everyday use of the English language have always
been part of his working life and his social life too. It can be an irritating
habit, as his wife and friends will attest. Having recently retired, he has pursued
this obsession with greater freedom, or it has pursued him. He knows that he
will be forever trapped in that golden cage so he might as well keep singing.
He also makes pots, but that is another story.