2015 Contest Winners & Awards

 ASSIGNED CONTEST
 Personal Essay
1st — Ryan Urie, Palouse, “Melissa” (Desperation)
2nd — Janice Urie, Twin Falls, “Princess and Bud” (Longing)
3rd — Rebecca Crouse, Coeur d’Alene, “Oklahoma Doubt” (Longing)
1st HM — Marylyn Cork, Sandpoint, “If I Had Only Known”
2nd HM — Steven J. Gill, Palouse, “If I Had Only Known”
3rd HM — Vaughn Phelps, Twin Falls, “Longing”
 Article
1st (tie) — Ginny Greene, Twin Falls, “I Need to Change My Shoes”
1st (tie) — Loy Ann Bell, Twin Falls, “Justified” (Desperation)
3rd — Vaughn Phelps, Twin Falls, “Desperation”
1st HM — Lynn Mickelsen, Idaho Falls, “If I Had Only Known”
 Creative Non-Fiction
1st — Loraine Fischer, Twin Falls, “I Need to Change My Shoes”
2nd — Mike Cothern, Twin Falls, “High Spirits” (Longing)
3rd — Vaughn Phelps, Twin Falls, “Desperation”
 Short Humor 
1st — Ryan Urie, Palouse, “If Only I Had Known”
2nd — Lynn Mickelsen, Idaho Falls, “I Need to Change My Shoes”
3rd — Janice Urie, Twin Falls, “I Had Only Known”
1st HM — Bruce Bash, Idaho Falls, “I Had Only Known”
2nd HM — Jean Cowden, Twin Falls, “Desperate Daddy” (Desperation)
 Flash Fiction
1st — Rebecca Crouse, Coeur d’Alene, “Hands” (Desperation)
2nd — Cynthia K. Deatherage, Idaho Falls, “I Need to Change My Shoes” 
3rd — Becker J. Gutsch, Palouse, “Old Men with Ponytails Grey” (Longing)
1st HM — Vaughn Phelps, Twin Falls, “If Only I Had Known”
 Children’s Fiction
1st — Evonne Biggins, Twin Falls, “Words” (Desperation)
2nd (tie) — Steven J. Gill, Palouse, “Sally and Marvin the Vacuum” (Desperation)
2nd (tie) — Bernice Conder, Twin Falls, “Midnight” (Longing)
1st HM — Vaughn Phelps, Twin Falls, “Longing”
2nd HM — Loy Ann Bell, Twin Falls, “I Want to Play a Violin” (Longing)
  Teen Fiction
1st — Cynthia K. Deatherage, Idaho Falls, “I Need to Change My Shoes”
2nd — Phyllis Davidson, Pocatello, “If I Had Only Known”
3rd — Steven J. Gill, Palouse, “White Elk’s Story” (Desperation)
 Adult Fiction 
1st — Rebecca Crouse, Coeur d’Alene, “If Only I Had Known”
2nd — Evonne Biggins, Twin Falls, “If We’d Envisioned the Consequences” (Desperation)
3rd — Janice Abel, Sandpoint/Coeur d’Alene, “If Only I Had Known”
1st HM — Hemlata Vasavada, Palouse, “Promises and Threats” (Desperation)
2nd HM — Cynthia K. Deatherage, Idaho Falls, “I Need to Change My Shoes”
3rd HM — Jean Cowden, Twin Falls, “Pixie” (Desperation)
 Light Verse 
1st — Bruce Bash, Idaho Falls, “I Need to Change My Shoes”
2nd — Terry Robinson, Coeur d’Alene, “I Need to Change My Shoes”
3rd — Bob Schild, Idaho Falls, “If Only I Had Known”
 Serious Verse
1st — Ginny Greene, Twin Falls, “Stolen Notes” (Longing)
2nd — Cynthia K. Deatherage, Idaho Falls, “No Time Left” (Longing)
3rd — Bruce Bash, Idaho Falls, “Nightmare!” (Longing)
1st HM — Barbara K. Rostad, Coeur d’Alene, “Last One On The Lake” (Longing)

OPEN CONTEST
 Personal Essay
1st (tie) — Alice Dunn, Pocatello, “Winnie’s Scrapbook”
1st (tie) — Sharon Strickland, Twin Falls, “The ‘R’ Word”
1st (tie) — Marge Holley, Twin Falls, “Mama’s Scapegoat”
1st HM (tie) — Ginny Greene, Twin Falls, “Analyzing Memory: Three Piano Lessons, or Seven?”
1st HM (tie) — Janice Abel, Sandpoint/Coeur d’Alene, “The Cat’s Opinion”
1st HM (tie) — Janice Urie, Twin Falls, “Dad’s Glads”
Article
1st — Loyd T. Bakewell, Twin Falls, “Solving the Bullying Problem”
2nd (tie) — Mary Haley, Sandpoint, “Learning to Sail”
2nd (tie) — Loy Ann Bell, Twin Falls, “Beaver Dick”
1st HM (tie)— Janice Urie, Twin Falls, “Where Have All the Snowmen Gone?”
1st HM (tie) — Cathy Wilson, Twin Falls, “Geocaching Fun”
1st HM (tie) — Evonne Biggins, Twin Falls, “Rendezvous”
 Creative Non-fiction
1st (tie) — Jessica Bruner, Coeur d’Alene, “I’m Caroline”
1st (tie) — Janice Urie, Twin Falls, “Our Darling at Rest”
3rd — Janice Abel, Sandpoint/Coeur d’Alene, “Questionable Christmas Traditions” 
1st HM — Ginny Greene, Twin Falls, “Yesterday’s Territories”
2nd HM — Mary Haley, Sandpoint, “Cats for the Navy”
 Short Humor
1st (tie) — Randy Mecham, Pocatello, “One Great Talent”
1st (tie) — Rebecca Crouse, Coeur d’Alene, “One Lady’s Camelia”
3rd — Janice Urie, Twin Falls, “Up in Flames”
1st HM — Bruce Bash, Idaho Falls, “A Tax Day to Remember”
 Flash Fiction
1st (tie) — Evonne Biggins, Twin Falls, “Food”
1st (tie) — Mary Haley, Sandpoint, “Itch”
3rd — Vaughn Phelps, Twin Falls, “The Hidden Room”
1st HM — Jean Cowden, Twin Falls, “Run for Your Life”
2nd HM — Cathy Wilson, Twin Falls, “The Owner”
3rd HM — Steven J. Gill, Palouse, “Home Again”

Children’s Fiction
1st — Evonne Biggins, Twin Falls, “The Grouchy Old Lady, the Bent Basketball Hoop, and Me, No-Legal-Name Kid”
2nd — Bruce Bash, Idaho Falls, “Last Shot”
3rd — Rebecca Crouse, Coeur d’Alene, “The Spaces in Between”
 Teen Fiction
1st — Randy Mecham, Pocatello, “Charmed”
2nd — Linda Helms, Twin Falls, “Sally’s Awakening”
3rd — Evonne Biggins, Twin Falls, “Blank”
1st HM — Loy Ann Bell, Twin Falls, “Bambi with an Attitude”
2nd HM — Lynn Mickelsen, Idaho Falls, “Line Shack Attack”
 Adult Fiction 
1st — Bruce Bash, Idaho Falls, “Hermit”
2nd — Alice Dunn, Poctello, “Strangers on the Mountain”
3rd — Randy Mecham, Pocatello, “Till Death Do Us Start”
1st HM — Brian Cornett, Idaho Falls, “Charley Toogood”
2nd HM — Phyllis Davidson, Pocatello, “Sorry Song”
3rd HM — Evonne Biggins, Twin Falls, “The Heaviest Box”
 Light Verse
1st — Ryan Urie, Palouse, “The Critique”
2nd — Evonne Biggins, Twin Falls, “Idaho Spring”
3rd — Cynthia K. Deatherage, Idaho Falls, “Hunting for a Mouse”
1st HM — Ginny Greene, Twin Falls, “Chocolate Words”
 Serious Verse 
1st — Becker J. Gutsch, Palouse, “Summer of White Satin”
2nd — Cynthia K. Deatherage, Idaho Falls, “The Saving of Barabbas”
3rd — Ryan Urie, Palouse, “Resistance”
1st HM — Ginny Greene, Twin Falls, “Snapshots at River’s Edge”

 Novel Contest
 First Chapter
1st — Pat Walch, Twin Falls, “Sonoran Shadows”
2nd — Tana Essary, Coeur d’Alene, “The Chemistry Test”
3rd — Brian Cornett, Idaho Falls, “Cross Paths”
 Novel Excerpt
1st — Rebecca Crouse, Coeur d’Alene, “Into Hiding”
2nd — Ron Vergona, Coeur d’Alene, “Terrible Swift Sword”
3rd — Sharon Strickland, Twin Falls, “Pieces of the Whole”
 Non-fiction
No entries

Other Awards
 Vardis Fisher Janice Abel, Sandpoint/Coeur d’Alene, “Questionable Christmas Traditions”

Wallace Swenson Memorial Award for Creative Non-Fiction Ryan Urie, Palouse, “A New Life” (Theme: Longing)

 Writer of the Year Vaughn Phelps, Twin Falls

 Poet of the Year Ginny Greene, Twin Falls

 Lifetime Service Award Wallace Swenson, Idaho Falls