The "Y" Foundation’s creative writing contest winner announced |

The "Y" Foundation’s creative writing contest winner announced

Courtesy photoJacqueline Ginleyand#8217;s essay about what Truckee life means to her was the winning essay in The and#8220;Yand#8221; Foundationand#8217;s 2012 contest.

TRUCKEE, Calif. – This past March, writers within a 105 mile-radius of Downtown Truckee were invited to enter The “Y” Foundation’s creative writing contest. The winning piece, selected by The “Y” Foundation’s judges, is an essay written by Jacqueline Ginley about what life in Truckee means to her. Ginley will receive a $750 scholarship to attend the Squaw Valley Writer’s Workshop this July. “I am so grateful, and I hope my work – this summer at Squaw and beyond – pays fitting tribute to Katy and her love of writing,” said Ginley.

About the winner

Jacqueline Ginley is a journalist with a particular passion for fiction. “Paradoxical as it might seem, I think fiction is a beautiful way of experiencing the emotional truth of life,” she stated. Yet it was her nonfiction essay that was the winning piece for The “Y” Foundation’s scholarship this year. Ginley says her essay sums up how she feels about Truckee. She especially appreciates the region’s easily accessible trails and backcountry areas. “Nothing beats a powder day or a swim in Donner Lake on a hot summer afternoon.” Ginley’s family includes two dogs; an old chocolate lab who loves to swim and a young red Doberman who loves to bark. Currently, she is working on a novel. Check out the “Y” Foundation’s website with the winning essay posted at

About The “Y” Foundation

The “Y” Foundation is a charitable organization established in loving memory of Katy Zirbel to promote and support local writers. With particular focus on the Truckee Tahoe community, The “Y” Foundation provides various scholarship opportunities to attend writing courses such as the Squaw Valley Writer’s Workshops.

To make a donation in support of The “Y” Foundation: The “Y” Foundation, c/o Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation, P. O. Box 366, Truckee, CA 96160 or visit Contact

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