VSA New Jersey Honors Winners of New Jersey Wordsmith Competition

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NEW BRUNSWICK – VSA New Jersey (VSA/NJ) recently announced the winners of its 17th Annual Joyce Indik New Jersey Wordsmith Competition. The contest accepted submissions of poems, essays, short stories and plays by New Jersey residents ages 18 and over.

Winners of the 17th Annual Joyce Indik New Jersey Wordsmith Competition:


Julie Biship of Mt. Laurel for “The Taste Bud Orgasm” and “Seasons of the Year”, Paul Bond of Princeton for “Democracy”, William Brooks of Rutherford for “My Father Had A Gun”, Fran Cohen of Monroe Township for “But – it was on sale”, Craig Dallara Pennell of “Special Education: Fixing What is Broken”, Eloine J. Dunlap of North Brunswick for “Peas and Sunshine”, Karen Jackson of Somerville for “Center Street”, Gail J. Mitchell of Robbinsville for “Husband’s Harem…the wife’s perspective”, P. Anthony Michael of Teaneck for “Old Man By The Pond”, Jacqueline Rotteveel of Monmouth Junction for “Let Me First Find a Chair”, Lori Salowe from Dayton for “The Lame Prince”, Robin Thompson from Colonia for “The Universe”, and Jackson Toby from Highland Park for “A Fine Romance”.

Winning entries will be read at the New Jersey Readers Theatre on Saturday, March 12, at 2 p.m. at Crossroads Theatre in New Brunswick. This event is held free of charge and is open to the public. Open captioning and sign language interpretation will be provided. Assistive listening devices will available. Reservations are recommended; call 1-732-745-3885,

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