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We Have Winners! Literary Awards 2019

Festival Staff / January 13, 2019

January 14, 2018

Writers from Massachusetts, New Mexico and Alaska have won top prizes in the 2019 Literary Awards Writing Competition sponsored by the Tucson Festival of Books.

Lesley Bannatyne of of Summerville, MA; Janet Ruth of Corrales, NM, and Cinthia Ritchie of Anchorage won top awards in Fiction, Poetry and Nonfiction, respectively. They will appear as Presenting Authors at the book festival, which will be March 2-3 at the University of Arizona.

The contest's top 50 entrants have been invited to take part in the festival's annual Masters Writing Workshop.

The festival received a record 693 entries from most of the United States and a number of countries overseas. Prize money totaling $5,200 will be distributed to the nine award-winners.

"As the festival has become better and better known, the writing contest has become better and better," said John D'Orlando, chairman of the book festival board. "The quality of the writing is off the charts. It wouldn't be at all surprising for one of these people to become national best-sellers one day."

Here are the three award-winners in each genre category:


  1. "Corpse Walks Into a Bar" by Lesley Bannatyne, Somerville, MA.
  2. "Wild Child" by Tatiana Schlote-Bonne, Iowa City, IA.
  3. "Billboard" by David Munro, Tucson.


  1. "Trick of Light" and other poems by Janet Ruth, Corrales, NM.
  2. "The Fifth Circle of the Inferno" by Luis Lazaro Tijerina, Burlington, VT.
  3. "Your Skin Forgives Itself" and other poems by Margaux Griffith, Ypsilanti, MI.


  1. "Hunger and Lies" by Cinthia Ritchie, Anchorage.
  2. "Owlgazing" by Bridget Lyons, Flagstaff.
  3. "Resurrection Marty" by D. Gilson, Lubbock, TX.
Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management
Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Key Sponsors

Arizona Office Technologies
Arizona Wholesale Supply
Marshall Foundation

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