Winchester Writers 2019 Contest

In the spring of 2019 the Winchester Writers group made the decision to hold their first ever writing contest. The idea was the brainchild of Jeff Ward who also took it to our local newspaper, The News Gazette, and received their commitment to help.

After several weeks winners were selected in both adult, and students under eighteen categories, and below are pictures and excerpts from the winning essays. The topic, My Randolph County Memory brought several different recollections, but both winning entries center around our town square, and the amazing community we call home.

Picture with me is Ashley Jennings, student winner, Jeff Ward, Winchester Writers group member, and Jordan Law, adult winner.


The Square of Memories

by Jordan Law

“CRACK!” The sound of a whiffle ball making contact with the bat can be heard echoing off the buildings. “RING” the sound of the game bell going off, announcing a carnival game winner, can be heard in the autumn breeze. “WHEEEE-YOO” The sounds of sirens pierce the night air as a hometown team brings home another title.

Moments in time. Memories made. Laughter with family and friends. These are just a few reasons why so many have found our humble town square the source of inspiration, and the place of many fond memories being made.



By Ashley Jennings

When I’m asked “What is my Favorite Randolph County Memory” I don’t think of just one memory. I think about several little memories about all the fun I have living in Randolph County. I think about all the friendly people, like me neighbor who tells me every time I see him to go slower around a curve on my bike. I think about all the times when another neighbor would stop me to simply chat about what’s going on and about her cute little dog.

I think about the time I was checking out some of my favorite books at the Winchester public library and the kind librarian tells me she remembers when I used to check out fairy books when I was little. I think about going home after State Fair Band Day when it seems like the whole town is there to welcome us back even when it’s nearly one o’clock in the morning.

Both ladies were awarded a great selection of prizes donated by local merchants. Their contribution helped the contest be successful and the WW Group is extremely appreciative.

Until we read again…📚


Dana L. ❤️