Contests:

Fox Valley Writers' Club currently holds one annual writing contest. Specifics can be found in the Contest Criticalities section to the right. The designation "TBD" indicates these details are yet To Be Determined for this year's contest.

Shirley Lee Writing Contest

The club has an annual writing contest open only to club members. Unnamed for over 15 years, in 2002 it was officially designated as the Shirley Lee Writing Contest in memory of a club member who died that year. Each year the theme is selected by voting on suggestions made by members. Submissions are judged by an outside writing expert with experience in the selected topic or genre. Winners are typically announced at the club's annual picnic held at the June meeting.

2013 Contest

This year's contest did not have a theme or topic.

Place Winner
First Mary Murray
Second Bill Bright
Third Marian Athens
Honorable Mention Judy Verhoven

2012 Contest

The 2012 contest was cancelled.

2011 Contest

Topic: Kleptomania.

Place Winner
First Vic LeClair III
Second Earl Gates
Third Curtis Brown

2010 Contest

Topic: Frightening screams broke the silence.

Place Winner
First Curtis Brown
Second Bill Bright
Third Tammy Bradley

2009 Contest

Topic: I should have grown up in the gay 90's.

Place Winner
First Vic LeClair
Second Marian Athens
Third Judy Verhoven

2008 Contest

Topic: Fictional election year diary.

Place Winner
First Bill Bright
Second Jessica Beckendorf
Third Earl Gates

2007 Contest

Topic: The Old Man in the Window.

Place Winner
First Curtis L. Brown
Second Ruthann Bornemann
Third Marian Athens
Honorable Mention Earl Gates
  Vic LeClair

2006 Contest

Topic: Empty.

Place Winner
First Joyce Loecke
Second Earl Gates
Third Marj Moeller

2005 Contest

Topic: Where did Etiquette Go?

Place Winner
First Randal Files
Second Judy Verhoven
Third Cheryl Root

2004 Contest

Topic: Interview with a famous person, real or fictitious.

Place Winner
First Curtis Brown
Second Earl Gates
Third Marian Athens

Curtis L. Brown Writing Challenge

From 2005-2009, the Club sponsored the Curtis L. Brown Writing Challenge. It was open to any high school senior or older resident of the Appleton area. Contest themes and winners are recorded below.

2009 Contest

Topic: If you were to be interviewed on a nationwide talk show, what question or questions would you like to be asked, and how would you answer them?

Place Winner
First Raisa M. Ramos
Second Vic LeClair III
Third Judy Verhoven

2008 Contest

Topic: Invention or Inventiveness.

Place Winner
First Barbara Kaufmann
Second Bethany Kempfert
Third James A. Youngwerth

2007 Contest

Topic: An Event or Person that Changed My Life.

Place Winner
First Mike Peters
Second Dixie Jarchow
Third Colleen Ferris Holz
Honorable Mention Aaron Heller
  Carolee Borntreger
  Pamela M. Barnes

2006 Contest

Topic: Making a Contribution to Society.

Place Winner
First Earl Gates
Second Richard Harron
Third Tillie Fields
Honorable Mention Judy A. Verhoven

2005 Contest

Topic: Job Application.

Place Winner
First Stacy Sherman
Second Elizabeth Keggi
Third Lola Schroeder

updated:03/09/17 top of page

    2017 Contest

 

Shirley Lee Contest

 
  • Rules
  • Theme: "Neighbors."
  • Deadline: April 4, 2017