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Winning writers honored at Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College

May 5, 2008

The winners of the 19th Annual Writing Competition at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College were recognized on April 30 during a ceremony that featured special guest Susan Tichy reading from “Bone Pagoda,” her most recent book of poems.

The winners received cash prizes of $100 for first place, $75 for second place and $50 for third place in four categories:  essay, one-act play, poetry and short fiction.

Manassas resident Jessica Polak earned honors in three categories. She won first place for her essay “Old,” second place for a short fiction story called “James Rabot” and third place for a poem titled “Andrew, I am Angry.”

Another local resident was also a multiple winner. Amanda Shaver of Manassas took first place in short fiction for “The Usual Worker” and second place for her essay “Holidays.”

In the one-act play category, Margaret Poethig of Arlington received first place for “No Match,” Amber Wysocki of Gainesville took second place for “You Bet Your Pierogi We’re Polish” and Peter Fichthorn of Nokesville earned third place for “Routine Flight Home.”

For poetry, Mary Chenette of Clifton earned first place for “A Tweedle Tale” and Glenn Witt of Centreville received second place for “Plotting Our Course.”

Marvin Flores of Centreville took third place in the essay category for “Self and Selflessness.”

Third place in short fiction went to Haymarket resident Virginia “Ginger” Brothers for “Pine Street.”

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