<Overheard at the circulation desk> “You need some movies that cram the history of English literature — 800 years worth — into four hours? By tomorrow? Sure thing!”

… Have you hugged a librarian lately?


Today’s selection is Fiction Runner-up Moira McAuliffe’s “Films for All.”

Dear Readers,

It may seem like choosing winners for the annual WORK writing contest (heretofore and henceforward to be known as Employee of the Year) is an easy, breezy thing to do. We would like you to know that conflict, fist-to-cuffs, and hour upon hour of detail-focused reading went into this years’ contest decision making.  

So it is that the editors of WORK wish to introduce over the next few weeks the Honorable Mentions, those amazing works which forced us to create an elaborate ranking system via Excel spreadsheet.

First up, Jennifer Barton and her nostalgia trip, Paradiso Lost. Memoir Runner-up and champion of projectionist everywhere.

Fiction category winner, Alissa Nielsen, dives into the restaurateur deep end.

Learn Flash Fiction from Alissa at her June 18, 2011, writing workshop through Indigo Editing, or you can see her live and in person at the September 7, 2011, First Wednesday Reading.


All hands on deck! If you’re in the Portland Metro region, you can lend a hand at WORK.


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Trumpets sound! Flags wave! The crowd cheers!

Employee of the Month is here!

The GRAND PRIZE WINNER swept the Memoir category and the grand prize into her multi-tasking clutches: Nancy Brown and her “First Day at the BA” will receive $100, a limited edition WORK team tee-shirt, a classy unframed certificate and the opportunity to read her piece in Portland, Oregon.

Next week, we’ll unveil Nancy’s runner-up, the Fiction category winner.

Live in Portland, Oregon? Pitch a hand, already! We need all the team players we can get.


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