Holiday Story Contest Winners

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Grand Prize

Deborah Pfeffer | Christmas on the hard

Deborah was recently chosen to present her poetry with Portland Maine Poets Laureate, and other new voices on January 19, 2019 at the Leaf of Voices Celebration.

She has won Book Awards for Poetry, and for Non-fiction at the 2015 Ocean Park Writers Series. Maine Poets Society awarded her Honorable Mention in their Prize Poem Contest of 2018.

Her poetry was published in the 2017 winter issue of Persimmon Tree, in Sister Sail, Seven Seas, the Caribbean Compass, and in Ekphrasis, Poems Speaking To Silent Works of Art.

Deborah continues to write from the inspiration of the natural world as she finishes Mates, a story of a four-year journey aboard her sailboat, Piper.


Runner up

Celyn salow | Yule Log

Celyn Salow is a freelance writer in Helper, Utah. She is a graduate of English from the University of Wyoming. She published poetry in Visualize Verbalize and currently writes personal essays and short fiction. Her present project involves hiking washes of desert ghost towns and mapping paleochannel rivers.

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Honerable Mention (tie)

Christine Gillies | Aunt Mary’s secret recipe

Christine is a 1986 graduate of Hussian College of Art in Philadelphia, where she focused on illustration. She was a decorative painter for a time, and has also been involved in a myriad of other creative endeavors.

A member of the Lehigh Valley Writers’ group in Easton, Pennsylvania, she is currently working on a memoir, along with many other short stories.

She resides in Bucks County with her husband of 31 years and a menagerie of furry friends, who are frequently the subject of her stories. She has two grown sons, Ian and Nicklaus, and is a Grammy of 3. She loves spending time at home writing, reading, baking pies and digging in the garden.


Honerable Mention (tie)

Carol Klinger | One Man’s treasure

Carol was born in Pennsylvania, has always resided in the state and has been married for 46 years to the only man who ever asked for her hand. She and her husband have two sons, and a granddaughter who is the sun around which she orbits. 

She is a retired nurse, having done a bit of everything within that profession, from hospital and nursing home settings to visiting nurse.

Carol enjoys reading, cooking, quilting, and a bit of travel. She loves the idea of getting back into writing.