Tales
   from the
Heartland

Sylvia has published over 600 non-fiction articles in AAA Midwest Traveler, AAA Southern Traveler, The Christian Science Monitor, Alabama Living, Illinois Magazine, Missouri Life, Show Me Missouri, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Herb Quarterly, Grit, Paddler Magazine, Outdoor Guide Magazine, Columbia Home & Lifestyle, Mid-Missouri Mature Living, Prime, Missouri Gardener, and a variety of other publications and websites. She has also published six books.

About half of her writing is on travel topics, though her other specialties include herbs and gardens, nature/outdoors, Missouri, the arts, health and profiles. She is also a history buff.  

Organizations
  • Sisters in Crime
  • Garden Writers of America 
  • Ozarks Writers League
  • Springfield Writers Guild
  • Columbia Freelance Forum
  • Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators
  • Missouri Writers' Guild
  • Oklahoma Writers' Federation, Inc.
  • Columbia Chapter of the Missouri Writers' Guild
  • Kansas Authors Club
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Awards

2016 - Abilene Writers' Guild June Contest
           1st place, non-fiction


2016 - Missouri Writers' Guild
           1st place, newspaper article

2016 - Abilene Writers' Guild April Contest

          1st place, non-fiction
          1st place, poetry

2015 - Normany Galaxy of Writers Annual Contest

  • 1st Place  - Nostalgia
  • 1st Place - Rhymed Poetry
  • 3rd Place - Nonfiction
  • Creme de la Creme Award
2015 - Kentucky State Poetry Society

  • 2nd Place  - Poetry
  • HM - Poetry
2015 - Kansas Authors Club - statewide
           HM - Flash Fiction

2015 - Sisters in Crime - St. Louis 4x40 Contest
           3rd Place, Mystery

2015 - Abilene Writers' Guild August Contest,
           1st place, poetry

2015 - Abilene Writers' Guild July Contest,
           2nd place, poetry

2015 - Abilene Writers' Guild June Contest

  • 1st place - Nonfiction
  • 2nd place - Nonfiction
  • 2nd place - Poetry

  • 2015 - Well Versed Anthology

    • Judge's Pick - Short Story
    2015 - Kansas Authors Club - region 2 contest

  • 1st place - Nonfiction Article
  • 2nd place - Nonfiction Article
  • 1st place - Poetry, Classic Forms
  • 2nd place - Memoir
  • 2nd place - short fiction
  • 2014 - Abilene Writers' Guild Contest

    • 3rd Place  - Nostalgia
    • HM - Poetry, Rhymed
    2013 - Ozarks Writers League    
    • 1st Place  - Flash Fiction
    • 3rd Place - Memoir
    2013 - Springfield Writers Guild    
    • Finalist - Best in SWG Contest
    2013 - North American Mature Publishers Assn.    
    • 2nd Place  - Travel Column
    2013 - Missouri Writers' Guild
    • 1st Place  - Best Historical Article
    • 2nd Place - Best Travel Article
    • 2nd Place - Form Poem (Sonnet)
    2012 - San Antonio Writers' Guild
    • 1st Place  - Flash Fiction
    • 2nd Place - Poetry
    • HM - Poetry
    2012 - Alabama Writers Conclave,
                HM for Short Fiction

    2012 - Springfield Writers' Guild
                2nd place, Shakespearean Sonnet


    2012 - Norman Galaxy of Writers, 
                3rd place for Nostalgic Essay


    2012 - Writers-Editors Network International Writing Competition. HMs for

    • Fiction - Short Story
    • NonFiction - Previously Published
    • NonFiction - Unpublished

    2012 - Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. Contest

    • 3rd place - Poetry, Rhymed, Long
    • HM - Picture Book
    • HM - Short Story

    2012 - Ozarks Writers League Contest

    • 1st Place - Essay
    • 2nd Place - Nonfiction Article
    • HM - Memoir
    • HM - Poetry
    2012 - Missouri Writers' Guild Contest

    • 3rd place - Best Anthology
    • HM - Best Newspaper Article
    • HM - Best Profile
    • HM - Walter Williams Award

    2011-12 - Abilene Writers' Guild Contest

    • 1st place - General Interest Article
    • 2nd place - Short Story
    • 2nd place - Poetry, Rhymed
    • 3rd place - Memoir/Nostalgia
    • HM - children's story
    • HM - inspirational essay
    2012 - finalist, Women on Writing fiction contest

    2011- 1st Place - Nonfiction Article, Ozarks Writers League annual writing contest

    2011- HM - Flash Fiction, San Antonio Writers Guild annual writing contest

    2011- Norman (OK) Galaxy of Writers, annual writing contest

    • 3rd Place - Short Story
    • HM - Un-rhymed Poem

    2011- 2nd Place - Travel Column, Prime Magazine, North American Mature Publishers Association

    2011- 3rd Place - Essay, Arizona Authors Association Literary Contest

    2011- Springfield Writers' Guild Contest

    • 1st place - Essay
    • HM - Nonfiction
    • HM - Short Story

    2011 - 1st Place - Best Business Reporting - Great Plains Journalism Awards

    2011 - Bronze Award - Best Business Reporting - Heart of America Awards/Kansas City Press Club

    2011- HM - Essay - Whispering Prairie Press

    2011 - Missouri Writers' Guild Contest

    • 3rd place - Best Article in a Newspaper or Magazine
    • HM - Best Profile
    2010 - 79th Annual Writer's Digest Magazine Feature Writing Contest (one of the largest writing contests in the U.S.)

    • 1 feature article placed in top 10
    • 2 more feature articles placed in top 100

    2010 - Fellowship from the Association of Health Care Journalists

    2009 - 78th Annual Writer's Digest Magazine Feature Writing Contest (one of the largest writing contests in the U.S.)

    • 2 feature articles placed in top 100

    2009 - Missouri Writers' Guild Contest

    • 2nd place – Best Travel Article
    • 2nd place – Best Essay
    • 2nd place – Best Restaurant Review
    • 3rdplace, Highways & Byways
    • Honorable Mention – Best Historical Article

    2008 - Missouri Writers' Guild Contest

    • 2nd place – Best Historical Article
    • 2nd place – Best Restaurant Review

    2007 – Missouri Writers' Guild Contest

    • 1st Place for Best Article/Photo Package

    2007 - National Federation of Press Women,
                Missouri Chapter

    • 1st Place for Best Slogan

    2007 - Springfield Writer's Guild Contest

    • 2st Place for Best Prose Article

    2006 – Missouri Writers' Guild

    • 2nd Place, Walter Williams Major Work Award, for Bylines 2006 Writer’s Desk Calendar
    • 3rd Place, Best Article/Photo Package

    2006 - Byline Magazine Contest

    • 1st Place for Best Short Nonfiction

    2006 - Heartland Writer's Guild Contest

    • 1st Place, Best Young Adult Manuscript
    • 2nd Place, Best Young Adult Manuscript

    2005 - Midwest Travel Writers Assn

    • 3rd Place, Best Magazine Travel Article

    2005 - Missouri Writers' Guild Contest

    • 2nd Place, Best Article/Photo Package

    2004 - Missouri Writers' Guild Contest

    • 2nd Place, Best Magazine Article

    2003 - Missouri Writers' Guild Contest

    • 3rd Place, Best Newspaper Article

    2002 – Missouri Writers' Guild Contest

    • 2nd Place, Best Magazine Article

    2002 – Heartland Writers' Guild Contest

    • Finalist, Best Children's Manuscript
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