Literary Awards

Award History and Criteria

PNNA Literary Award for Best Club Newsletter

The PNNA sponsors an annual contest whereby local clubs can win awards for best club newsletter. Awards were first presented in April 2013, for the best newsletters of 2012. (Up to three clubs can receive awards, but only two – the Boeing Employees Coin Club and the Salem Coin Club – were nominated for 2012.) Awards were most recently presented in March 2019 for the three best newsletters of 2018.

Criteria for judging is as follows: The submitted newsletters will be judged on the basis of the overall quality of their content. Specific aspects that will be considered include layout, use of graphics, inclusion of informative articles by club members, specific contributions by and for YNs, and evidence of creativity, both in content and in methods of distribution.

Clubs should submit a sample of three of their previous year club newsletters to the committee for evaluation. Local clubs that do participate should send their sample newsletters to the attention of Danny Bisgaard. Samples may be submitted via email and/or websites in any standard format such as PDF, HTML or Word. (See the main awards page for submission details.)

Awards will be $100 for first (club to also receive a plaque and PNNA perpetual plaque), and certificates for second and third.

We look forward each year to seeing what the local clubs are doing in getting the word out about their club’s activity and articles that help educate all of us.

PNNA Literary Award for Best Article in The Nor’wester

The PNNA sponsors an annual contest whereby authors can win awards for the best article published in The Nor’wester, the PNNA’s quarterly newsletter. Awards were first presented in May 2014, for the 4th Quarter 2013 and 1st Quarter 2014 editions. Subsequent awards cover a full year (four editions) of The Nor’wester. For example, the awards made in 2019 cover the 2nd Q 2018 to 1st Q 2019 editions (but not the 2019 Tukwila convention edition).

Awards were presented in March 2019 for the three best articles published in the 2nd-4th quarters of 2018 and the 1st quarter of 2019.

Criteria for judging are as follows: The submitted articles will be judged on the basis of the overall quality of their content. Specific aspects that will be considered will include subject, useful information to members and quality based on adult or YN submission.

PNNA Editor Eric Holcomb will submit nominations for the awards to the awards committee. Eric will take into account any recommendations received from PNNA members before the deadline.

Members who participate should send their articles to Eric Holcomb (eric@holcomb.com or info@pnna.org) by the quarterly deadline. Please note that publication of articles cannot be guaranteed, or may be delayed. Articles are subject to editing for grammar, clarity or other reasons.

Articles from PNNA officers/committee members about PNNA business are not eligible for the award.

We look forward each year to reading the interesting articles submitted by members that help educate and entertain all of us.

Current Information

See above for award guidelines and submission information.

Literary Award for Best Club Newsletter – 1st place winners receive a small plaque and cash prize as described below, and are recognized on a perpetual plaque maintained by the PNNA.

Literary Award for Best Article in The Nor’wester – 1st place winners receive a small plaque and cash prize as described below, and are recognized on a perpetual plaque maintained by the PNNA.

Literary Award Winners

For now, see the legacy webpages at https://pnna.org/awards/literary_club_newsletter.html and https://pnna.org/awards/literary_norwester_article.html for a list of Literary award winners from 2013 (the first award) to date.