by Agnes Geiger
Author Patrice Johnson received a first-place award for The Fall and Rise of Tyler Johnson: Based on the Journals of a Young Man Turned Fugitive in the National Federation of Press Women’s annual At-Large Communications Contest. The book about her son took first place in the category of non-fiction books for adult readers, biography or autobiography.
In the at-large division of the contest, the creative nonfiction work competed against entries from dozens of other states without NFPW chapters.
“Entries were judged and ranked by professional communications experts from throughout the United States,” said Teri Ehresman, of Idaho, the contest director.
Author Patrice Johnson expressed surprise and delight at the notification. “I assumed the odds of winning were minimal,” she said, “but why not submit it and see?” She said she was looking forward to reading the judge’s comments about her work when they became available.
“I’m hoping the book will serve as a warning flag to young people who sometimes don’t consider the consequences to their actions.”
All first-place entries in the contest will advance to the national competition and compete with other state first-place winners. National winners will be honored at an awards dinner Sept. 8 in Bethlehem, Pa.
NFPW is a nationwide organization of women and men pursuing careers across the communications spectrum, including print and electronic journalism, freelancing, new media, books, public relations, marketing, graphic design, photography, advertising, radio and television.
Agnes Geiger, a resident of Niles, Mich., is night editor and a longtime copy editor for the South Bend Tribune in South Bend, Ind. She is a long-standing member of the Michigan Press Women.