Coming of Age in the 60s & 70s Contest Winners


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Grand Prize

Aleida Socarras | Coming of Age in America

Aleida Socarras is an energy industry executive with over 25 years of experience in business writing.  Currently, she is Vice President of Chesapeake Utilities responsible for the company’s day-to-day operation of the gas distribution systems in Delaware and Maryland, setting the strategic direction for these business units and guiding the execution of their future growth.

Aleida earned her Master of Arts in Organizational and Industrial Psychology from the University of Texas at El Paso, and her Bachelor of Arts from Florida International University in Miami.

Writing is her passion and she spends all of her available time learning and trying perfect her skills.  She’s written a memoir and several short stories. Her latest project is a collection of essays about Latin American food and the women immigrants that have brought us some of our favorite dishes.  Her goal is to showcase the culinary contributions these women have made and the success they’ve achieved in this country. Aleida looks forward to her upcoming retirement to have the opportunity to dedicate more time to her writing.


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Runner Up

J. Lauren Sangster | A Silent One Woman’s Rights Movement

Lauren Sangster was born and raised in Kentucky.  She has been writing since childhood, but only began to show her work in 2018.  Last year she won the Richard F. Snow Nonfiction Award for her short story I Love You, I Miss You Already about the journey to accept her husband’s diagnosis with cancer.  Lauren submits monthly pieces to Meeting House, a section of the Maine Portland Herald newspaper.  She currently resides in Portland, Maine.


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Honorable Mention (Tie)

Kate Hutchinson | Fifty Years of Being Female in America

Kate Hutchinson has just retired from a 34-year career of teaching English to high school students and has begun her next life's work as a volunteer with the public library and local political action groups. She's had two books of poetry published, The Gray Limbo of Perhaps in 2012 and Map Making: Poems of Land and Identity in 2015. Many of her poems and personal essays have also been published in journals and anthologies and won recognition, including two Pushcart nominations. An avid nature lover and birdwatcher, Kate most loves to be out in the woods or on her patio with a good book. She also spends much of her time caring for her adult son, who has autism.


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Honorable Mention (Tie)

Mary Pauer | Hey Fat Man, Don't Look at Me

Mary Pauer has received three literary fellowships from the Delaware Division of the Arts in fiction and/or creative nonfiction. Her work can be read in Southern Women’s Review, The Fox Chase Review, The Delmarva Review, Dispatches from a Vanishing Planet, Delaware Today Magazine, The Chaos, The Avocet, among others, and in anthologies featuring local authors. Her work has national recognition, including the Sally Reinhart Award and several National Press Association awards. Her newest collection, Traveling Moons, won the 2018 Delaware Press award for book of poetry. (Archway, Amazon). Portions of sales from that book are donated to horse rescue at the SPCA in Kent County Delaware. Her MFA is from Stonecoast, (University of Southern Maine).