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Award in 76th annual Writer's Digest writing competition...
Friday, November 02, 2007  3:16:00 PM

by Lisa K. Parsons

I received an Honorable Mention for my manuscript, New York/Portland, in the Feature Article category in the 76th annual Writer''s Digest writing competition.

It's midnight. Taxis are honking and Times Square is lit up by the energy and buzz of the passing crowd. The view down the street includes an Italian street vendor selling steaming chestnuts and the homeless denizens with dusty faces and greasy hair and beards. I snap a photo of a woman with green hair and a purple leather jacket nibbling on a pretzel. My hands shake as the wind blows through the steel canyon. On another day, I might sweat bullets in the one hundred and five degree summer night. Morning comes and the sun rises behind the wall of mutant skyscrapers. Women rush by in their fur coats and Wing tip clad men pounce on oversized bagels and coffee served in white and blue paper cups with Greek words and architectural motifs. I rush in for a bottle of OJ and peach yogurt. A health nut, I stand out among New Yorkers who grab croissants and espresso from the local Chinese grocery. At ten a.m I step off the bus and prepare myself for the show of Boccioni paintings at the Metropolitan. Pigeons scatter as students wearing jet black uniforms carry books and sketch pads while sprinting up the steps on their way to see the Mummies in the Egyptian Collection. A group of middle aged men from Paris captivate museum goers with their colorful language as cab drivers shout out obscenities as they speed past.

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