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The Writer 2012 Travel Essay Contest
The Writer 2012 Travel Essay Contest
The Writer 2012 Travel Essay Contest

In the spring of 2012, The Writer, in collaboration with Gotham Writers' Workshop, invited scribes to enter The Writer 2012 Travel Essay Contest.

Writers were challenged to submit personal stories of up to 1,200 words that convey readers to distant lands or the park around the corner to share the travelers experience and insight.

More than 600 entries were received. Gotham faculty members read the submissions and selected 15 as finalists. Larry Habegger, executive editor of Travelers' Tales publishing company, then selected the winning entries from the 15 finalists.

Please join us in congratulating the winners of The Writer 2012 Travel Essay Contest:

First Place
The Art Cafe
by Nina Boutsikaris (Astoria, NY)

Second Place
The Footbridge
by Andrew Davison (Gibbstown, NJ)

Third Place
Mon Ami, Muhammed
by Adriana Paramo (Lakeland, FL)

Honorable Mention
The Parque Jipiro Bridge
by Sabriga Turgon (Globe, AZ)

You can read the winning entries and comments by finalist judge Larry Habegger, executive editor of Travelers' Tales Publishing, by clicking on the title links above.

Congratulations to the 11 other finalists (listed alphabetically):

"History in My Lifetime" by Shelley Arnfield (Port Alberni, BC)
"Traveling Companions" by Leah Dearborn (Andover, MA)
"Just One of the Guys" by Mike Gadell (Georgetown, TX)
"What we've lost" by Karen Costa (Gardner, MA)
"Two Leaves and a Bud" by Laura Lee Huttenbach (Miami Beach, FL)
"They say the last glass is gentle as death" by Kate Newman (Chicago, IL)
"Avalancha de Tierra: Aguas Calientes, Peru" by Suzanne Roberts (S. Lake Tahoe, CA)
"Traveling to Cambria" by Jan Schulman (Oxnard, CA)
"Commute" by Shana Silverstein (Santa Barbara, CA)
"Status Envy" by Sandra Starkweather (Boulder, CO)
"Meridian" by Rachel Unkovic (Pittsburgh, PA)


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