Believable and heartbreaking, twists in the writing, and real tension, are just some of the words, New York Times, best selling author Ann Hood uses to describe the works of this year's top three winners in the Kate DeCubellis Memorial Foundation's 9th annual writing Hood, whose novel, The Knitting Circle, is currently being made into a movie by actress Katherine Heigl, took time out of her hectic schedule to judge the contest.
“It is a tremendous honor that such an accomplished and acclaimed writer is willing to take time to give back to her community and support other aspiring writers, while at the same time raising awareness about the KDMF and its efforts, ” says Executive Director John DeCubellis.
“After our daughter Katie died at the hands of a drunken driver, we wanted to find a way to carry on her legacy and keep her spirit alive,” says Meg DeCubellis. “As the years progressed we were fortunate enough to receive an outpouring of support and the writing contest is one way for us to give back to others and also raise awareness on important topics.”
The second place award went to Emily Fisher of Coventry. Hood had this to say about her work titled, Marshmallow Treats, “Emily created a wonderful sibling relationship in her submission. Both children come across as real people and their motives and desires are clear and true. The ending forces the older brother to make a choice and the twist that Emily used added to my satisfaction about the resolution.”
For the past nine years KDMF has awarded money and prizes to students who placed in the annual writing contest. For the 2012 contest the Foundation has a timely topic in which students are asked to create a situation or relate an event that demonstrates how an economic crisis impacts families, causes increased social pressure and/or leads to poor decision making.
A ceremony was held Monday, May 7th at the Warwick Mall to announce this year’s winners who were given monetary awards from the KDMF and had their writing entries displayed at the mall.