Laura Martin-Palmatier of Crossville was honored in a writing contest held in conjunction with the Tennessee Mountain Writers annual conference earlier this month. Contest winners in seven categories were announced and awards presented during the conference banquet.

Martin-Palmatier received honorable mention recognition in the Patricia Boatner Fiction Award category for her entry, "Fence Jumper."

The Tennessee Mountain Writers 22nd Annual Conference is scheduled for March 25-27, 2010, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Oak Ridge. As 2010 conference and contest information becomes available, it will be posted on the TMW Web site, A complete list of 2009 contest winners is also available on the Web site.

Tennessee Mountain Writers is a nonprofit, non-political organization that promotes Tennessee literary arts and supports the work of Tennessee writers. Its goal is to provide opportunities for people interested in the craft of writing to become better writers. Membership is open to all writers interested in furthering these objectives, regardless of geographic location.

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