F Magazine announces winners of statewide writing contest

Magazine's first annual music video contest is still accepting registrations

Anchorage-based F Magazine has announced the winners of their third annual F’air Words statewide writing competition.


Juneau writer Richard Radford was awarded third place in the fiction category for his story, “Donna Reed Resurrected.”

F Magazine is a quarterly, independently owned publication that focuses on arts, music and culture. Founded by Teeka Ballas and Gretchen Weiss, it was first published in May 2007 and is completely run by volunteers.

In Juneau, F Magazine is available at the Alaska Robotics Gallery on Front Street and online at fhideout.org for $10.

Here’s a look at the full list of winners.


First place (tie): Nicholas Dighiera, of Anchorage, for “Drowning” and John Kendall, of Anchorage. for “How to Host a Dinner for your Son and His New Girlfriend”

Second place: Brian Hutton, of Anchorage, for “The Gypsy Chronicles”

Third place: Richard Radford, of Juneau, for “Donna Reed Resurrected”

Non Fiction

First place: Sandra Kleven, of Anchorage for “Save Image As”

(No second place winner named)

Third place: Cole Robbins, of Anchorage, for “It is Here That I Search for an Anchor”


First place: Vivian Faith Prescott, of Sitka, for “Sea Otter Parka”

Second place: JIll Rubin, of Anchorage, for “Ovarian”

Third Place (tie): Jo Going, of Homer, for “Il Ponte” and Sandra Kleven, of Anchorage, for “Defiance Street, I”

Most of the winning entries were published in the latest edition of the magazine, in addition to winners from the youth art and writing competition. Winning entries that didn’t appear in the current issue will be published in an upcoming issue.

The contest was judged by Sheryl Simpson, Amber Hope, Susan Luton, Dawnell Smith and Gretchen Kinder.


F magazine is currently hosting a Statewide Music Video Competition, with a registration deadline of July 1 and a submission deadline of Sept. 1. Called F-Action, the first annual competition is open to all Alaska residents. The music in the video does not have to be created by Alaska residents, however, residency is preferred and will be taken into consideration by the judges. Music must be original and the music video must be no longer than 10 minutes, including credits. The video must be submitted on line, as well as on disc; format must be DVD or Blu-Ray.

Judging will be based on content, quality of production, technical skill and final product. Judges will pick a first, second and third place winner, as well as an editor’s choice award winner.

The awards celebration will be held in November at Out North Contemporary Art House, and will include a screening of the winning videos. Subsequently, the winning entries will go to several film festivals around the state, and will be entered in film festivals outside the state.

For full details, visit fhideout.org/issues/mvc/


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