The 79th Annual Mate E. Palmer Communications Contest attracted the best work from profession communicators from over the past year. There were 86 entries from members and non-members with a record number coming from outside the Chicago city limits.

Eva Becker is the recipient of the Silver Pen Award for the Most First-Place Winners. She received four first-place awards for her work appearing in Chicago Health Magazine.

First-place winners will be submitted to compete in the national contest sponsored by the National Federation of Press Women.

First Place:

Adrien David, Opinion/Editorial/Reviews,     

Audiovisuals, Marianne Wolf-Astrauskas      

Community, institutional or internal relations, Cora Weisenberger

Magazine/Magapaper , Elise Sims     

Infographics, Michelle Holdway        

Newspaper, Michelle Holdway          

News or feature releases – multiple releases, Elise Sims

Interview (radio or television), Janice Newman

Talk Show (radio or television), Janice Newman       

Speech , Marianne Wolf-Astrauskas  

Personal Essay, Bonnie McGrath       

Non-profit, government, or educational, Pat Szpekowski     

Single poem, Tracy Ahrens

Novels (More than 40,000 words), Michelle Cox     

Cookbook or other how-to/instruction book, Janice Newman         

Fiction Book, Kate Hannigan

Non-fiction, Book Margot McMahon

General Subject Book, Marlene Cook

Personal opinion (bylined, not editorial), Joshua Friedberg

Magazine, newsletter or other non-newspaper publication, Eve Becker    

Online publication, Eve Becker

Magazine, newsletter or other non-newspaper print publication, Pat Szpekowski 

Online publication, Georgiana Presecky

Print-based newspaper, Carrie Steinweg      

Arts and entertainment, Joshua Friedberg   

History , Suzanne Hanney

Personal essay, Timothy Hillegonds  

Physical health, Eve Becker

Reviews, Nikoleta Morales    

Science or technology, Eve Becker    

Social issues, Suzanne Hanney

Second Place

Community, institutional or internal relations, Cora Weisenberger

Book designed by Entrant, Anna Grob          

Magazine or newsletter, Eve  Becker

Interview (radio or television), Janice Newman

Talk Show (radio or television), Janice Newman

Personal, Bonnie McGrath

Personal, Bonnie McGrath

Book/Fiction, Tracy Ahrens    

Book/History,  Marlene Cook

Editorial / Opinion, Joshua      Friedberg

Magazine, newsletter or other non-newspaper publication, Suzanne Hanney       

Print-based newspaper, Carrie Steinweg      

Print-based newspaper, Carrie Steinweg

Arts and entertainment, Georgiana Presecky

Business, Suzanne Hanney

History , Suzanne Hanney

Personal essay, Nikoleta Morales     

Religion, Pat Szpekowski        

Reviews, Joshua Friedberg    

Social issues, Timothy Hillegonds       Member

Third Place

Magazine/Magapaper , Suzanne Hanney      

Book designed by Entrant, Marlene Cook     

Interview (radio or television), Janice Newman         

Talk Show (radio or television), Suzanne Hanney     

Personal, Mary Wagner         

Book/Fiction, Carrie   Steinweg        

Single poem, Tracy Ahrens    

Magazine, newsletter or other non-newspaper publication, Pat Szpekowski          

Print-based newspaper, Nikoleta Morales    

Arts and entertainment, Nikoleta Morales   

Business, Suzanne Hanney    

History , Suzanne Hanney      

Personal essay, Joshua Friedberg      

Physical health (fitness, diet, clean lifestyle), Elise    Sims    

Reviews, Brigid Presecky       

Travel, Carrie  Steinweg        

Honorable Mention

Community, institutional or internal relations, Cora Weisenberger

Nonprofit, government or educational, Dr. Elana Ashley     

Interview (radio or television), Janice Newman         

Talk Show (radio or television), Janice Newman       

Talk Show (radio or television), Janice Newman       

Talk Show (radio or television), Janice Newman       

Talk Show (radio or television), Suzanne Hanney     

Personal, Tracy Ahrens          

Personal, Tracy Ahrens          

Personal, Nikoleta Morales   

Single poem, Tracy Ahrens    

Magazine, newsletter or other non-newspaper publication, Suzanne Hanney        

History, Suzanne Hanney       

Personal essay, Joshua Friedberg      

Reviews, Brigid Presecky