A War of Her Own Comes in Second in National Competition

After winning First Prize as best novel of the year from the Press Women of Texas, A War of Her Own has gone on to win second place at the national level of that competition.

The National Federation of Press Women chose Sylvia Dickey Smith’s historical fiction novel for 2nd place in the 2011 NFPW Communications Contest. The award will be presented at the NFPW annual conference, Sept. 8-10, 2011, in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

The historical novel by Texas author Sylvia Dickey Smith is set in 1943 on the World War II homefront in the town of Orange, Texas (on the Sabine River on the Louisiana/Texas border).

“A well-written new book,” said the Dallas Morning News. The story follows the story of Bea Meade, young mother, who becomes a “lady riveter” (ala Rosie the Riveter) at a wartime shipyard.

The story is loosely based on family history, as Sylvia’s own mother was one of those women who went to work in the male-dominated shipyards in Orange, Texas, during WWII.

Our congratulations to Sylvia for this additional and well-deserved honor!

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