Back in November Realfoodtraveler.com welcomed veteran writer, book author, and media producer Suzanne Corbett as our first Food History Editor. Today, we’re delighted to announce that Suzanne’s RFT story, “Winston-Salem’s Moravian Cookies and The Moravian Cookie Trail,” won First Place (a Gold Award) from the Missouri Professional Communicators, an Affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women.
Suzanne won the award for this story in the Features category, the most competitive category, drawing the most submissions. At least 100 writers submitted stories in this competition.
The Missouri Professional Communicators’ judge wrote about Suzanne’s award-winning RFT story: “Never heard of Moravian cookies, and not a particular fan of spiced cookies, but this article made me desperate to try one – or more. Very well constructed. Thoughtfully organized. I like that the beginning tells the history of the cookie and moves seamlessly to the travelogue, telling where to try the best. I also appreciate the story’s brevity; you accomplish much in not too many words and end it right where you should.”
Suzanne’s First Place Award makes her RFT story eligible for the National Federation of Press Women’s National Competition, one of the most prestigious writing award programs in the country.
Additionally, Suzanne’s RFT story, “Attention Fruitcake Lovers: Discover Claxton, Georgia,” took Silver (second place) in the Specialty Food Writing category.
Suzanne also won several other awards in this competition, including another First Place for Specialty Business Articles for WestNewsMagazine; two Silvers for her story for AAA Southern Traveler and for West NewsMagazine. She also won three Bronzes (Third Place) in Specialty Travel Writing for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch; in Feature Writing for Gazelle STL Magazine; and Online Feature Writing for STLSportsPage.com.
When asked by email about her Gold Award for the RFT Morovian story, Suzanne wrote, “I’m delighted RFT and I are winners – a first place winner in the Feature Story online category. That means my story goes to the national competition of National Federation of Press Women (NFPW) for a chance for more honors. I’m keeping my fingers crossed we will win something at the NFPW national level where even getting an honorable mention is huge.
Thank you again for being a great editor – one who makes me a better writer. As always, thanks a million for the support.”
Well, thanks, Suzanne. We’re delighted you’re on our team. It’s fine, award-winning writers like you who make Realfoodtraveler.com one of the best culinary travel websites around. – Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor