West Georgia Woman Magazine received first and second place in the state in the category of “Best Magazine: Original Writing,” and first place in the category of “Best Magazine: Human Interest Feature,” in the Georgia Press Association 2020 Better Newspaper Contest Awards — Magazine Category.
Judging was independently carried out by members of the Tennessee Press Association in March. The contest included submissions from 62 newspapers and magazines from across the state of Georgia. There were 550 awards presented in 46 categories to 39 newspapers and magazines. Award winners were announced July 1, 2020.
Established in 2015, this was West Georgia Woman Magazine’s first year submitting articles for consideration.
Read our first place winning article for Best Magazine: Original Writing, “This Old Bridge,” written by R. Milton Blue on page 28 here: https://westgeorgiawoman.com/issues/august-2019/
Judge’s notes: “Fell in love with the author’s writing style and how he transforms the reader’s living room into the location depicted in his story. Here he writes about a bridge as if it were a part of his family and just like that … the reader has an emotional connection with the bridge, too.”
Read our second place winning article for Best Magazine: Original Writing, “A Soldier’s Story,” written by Angela Dailey on page 28 here: https://westgeorgiawoman.com/issues/september-2019/
Judge’s notes: “This is the perfect candidate for second place. The author does such a nice job of taking the reader to war and sharing the experience firsthand of what military personnel experience every day. It also is a very informative piece and offers contact information for those needing help. A very well rounded-story overall.”
Read our first place winning article for Best Magazine: Human Interest Feature, “Courtney Waldon — The Fire Within,” written by Janet Flanigan on page 10 here: https://westgeorgiawoman.com/issues/january-2019/
Judge’s notes: “I was instantly drawn in to this piece and hung on every word. The flow of information was great and made the reading easy.”
Very special thanks to Copy Editor Shala Hainer for editing the authors’ written work and congratulations to West Georgia Woman Magazine’s award winning authors.
In 1887, the Georgia Press Association was founded to bring together Georgia newspapers. The goal was to create an organization that would protect, promote, foster and advance the interest of the newspaper industry in Georgia. Today, the Georgia Press Association is still growing, and its members remain among the top business leaders in the state. The membership is guided in its quest by an 18-member board of directors and numerous permanent and special committees. GPA is active in offering educational and networking opportunities for its members in addition to placing advertising through GPA’s affiliate, the Georgia Newspaper Service, and offering scholarships and internships through the Georgia Press Educational Foundation. Learn more about the Georgia Press Association, the Georgia Magazine Association and its Better Newspaper Contest at www.gapress.org.