Hinesburg Author/Business Leader Wins Writing Contest

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Hinesburg Author/Business Leader Wins Writing Contest

Wed, 06/25/2003 - 8:00pm -- tim

Bill Schubart of Hinesburg, Vermont, is the
winner of the 2003 Ralph Nading Hill, Jr. literary prize awarded annually
by Green Mountain Power and Vermont Life magazine.
Schubart's winning entry, a true humorous essay entitled "The
Black Bug," captures Vermont life in the 1950s as it tells of a prank
played by local Morrisville residents on the town's newest flatlander. Tom
Slayton, one of the judges and editor of Vermont Life commented, "Writing
humorously is an art. Bill Schubart's piece, "The Black Bug," is one of
those rare essays that attempts humor and achieves it. It also gives an
accurate picture of a rural Vermont community a half-century ago, and the
judges were charmed by it. We are delighted to publish Mr. Schubart's
story in the fall issue of Vermont Life." The fall issue of Vermont Life
will available in bookstores and newsstands in mid-August.
Schubart, president and CEO of Resolution, is a local business
leader and former chair of Vermont Business Roundtable. He is also the
stepson of one of the characters featured in his winning essay.
Schubart will receive a $1,500 prize for the story. His story
was selected from among nearly 200 entries, including essays, short
stories and poems, submitted in the 2002 contest. The literary prize is
named for the late Ralph Nading Hill, Jr, a Vermont historian and writer
and long-time member of Green Mountain Power's Board of Directors. This is
the fifteenth year the literary prize has been awarded. Shubart will
receive the award at a ceremony to be held Thursday, June 26.
The Ralph Nading Hill literary prize is now considered by Vermont
writers to be one of the state's premier literary prizes.
The selection was made by an independent panel of judges: Tom
Slayton, editor of Vermont Life; Ruth Page, author and long-time friend of
Mr. Hill; Alison Freeland, a 1994 winner of the Ralph Nading Hill, Jr.,
award for her story, Shadbush; Brian Vachon, Vice President of
Communications at National Life of Vermont and a former Vermont Life
editor; and Steve Terry, Green Mountain Power's Senior Vice President,
Corporate and Legal Affairs.
The deadline for entries for this year's contest is November 15,
2003. The contest is open to all Vermont residents, including seasonal
residents and college students enrolled in Vermont colleges. Entrants may
be amateur or professional writers. The focus of the work must be
"Vermont--Its People, the Place, Its History or Its Values." Entries must
be unpublished and less than 3,000 words long. Staff of Vermont Life or
Green Mountain Power and previous winners are ineligible. Send entries to
the Corporate Relations Department of Green Mountain Power, 163 Acorn
Lane, Colchester, VT 05446.