The contest was extremely competitive again this year with entries from eighteen states, the District of Columbia and Spain. Kathleen Spring tied with Karen Petersen and three coworkers from the Office of Communications and Public Affairs at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for most first-place wins with three, edging out Donna Bryson.

Here are the results:

  • Kathleen Spring — First place – Newspaper, section or supplement
  • Kathleen Spring — First place – Photo essay
  • Kathleen Spring — First place – Specialty articles, review
  • Karen Petersen, Liz Craig and Joelynn Schroeder – First place – Website edited by or maintained by entrant
  • Karen Petersen, Kimberly Van Becelaere – First place – Newsletter, non-profit or government
  • Karen Petersen – First place – Blog, non-profit or government
  • Donna Bryson – First place – Personal blog
  • Donna Bryson – First place – Specialty articles, green/environmental
  • Donna Bryson – Honorable Mention – Personality profile
  • Elizabeth Paulson – First place – Book of poetry
  • Kate Ruder – Second place – Specialty articles, education
  • Kate Ruder – Third place – Specialty articles, physical health
  • Kate Ruder – Third place – Specialty articles, social issues
  • Mary (Buffy) Gilfoil – Second place, Personal blog
  • Mary (Buffy) Gilfoil – Honorable mention, Person blog
  • Jane Bock – Second place – Novels, “Day of the Jaguar”
  • Jane Bock – Honorable mention, Novels, “Grace Fully”
  • Erik Ringle (also from NREL) – Second place – Specialty articles, science or technology

While a person did not have to be a member of NFPW to enter the contest, they did have to join to have their first-place entries considered in the national contest. CPW is delighted to report that Kathleen Spring (already a state-only member) as well as Elizabeth Paulson of Ouray and Liz Craig at NREL have all joined NFPW.  We wish them good luck in the national contest!

NFPW contest director Teri Ehresman reports the At-Large contest had strong entries from entrants from Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Spain, Washington D.C. and Washington state.