STAR Award Winners Announced

September 23, 2017 5:00 AM EDT to September 23, 2018 5:00 PM EDT


Women’s Fiction Writers Association

Announces Winners of Star Award for Published Women’s Fiction 

General Category Winner: Carla Damron 

Outstanding Debut Winner: Marilyn Simon Rothstein

Albuquerque, New Mexico – September 22, 2017 – The Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) today announced the winners of the second annual Star Award for authors of published women’s fiction. Women’s fiction is described by WFWA as layered stories where the plot is driven by the main character’s emotional journey.

The Star Award General Category winner was Carla Damron for The Stone Necklace. Damron lives in Columbia, South Carolina.  Her book was published in January 2016.

The Star Award Outstanding Debut winner was Marilyn Simon Rothstein for Lift and Separate. Simon Rothstein lives in Avon, CT, and her book was published in December 2016.

Christine Adler, President of WFWA, said, "WFWA is proud to sponsor a contest focused solely on highlighting outstanding women's fiction, and bringing these books the accolades and exposure they deserve in the industry.”  

The WFWA Star Award was open to all women’s fiction authors. Librarians with a strong interest in women’s fiction chose the winners from a group of finalists who were chosen by readers. The contest was limited to the first 50 entries that were received by January 31, 2017. The winners were announced at the 2017 WFWA Retreat Awards Dinner.

“Chairing this contest is so inspiring,” said Laura Drake, Star Award Contest Chair. “The same final judges return every year due to the quality of the entries.”

Damron’s Star Award General Category book, The Stone Necklace, braids together the stories of a grieving widow, a struggling nurse, a young mother, and a troubled homeless man, reminding us of the empowering and surprising ways our lives touch one another and how, together, we can recover from even the greatest of losses.

Damron is a fiction writer and social worker. She has also authored the Caleb Knowles mystery novels Keeping Silent, Spider Blue, and Death in Zooville in which she explores social issues like addiction, homelessness, and mental illness. Her short stories have appeared in “Fall Lines,” “Six Minute Magazine,” “Melusine,” “In Posse Review,” and other journals. 

“This book is a message of recovery and redemption, and is something I want people to experience,” said Damron.

Simon Rothstein’s Star Award Outstanding Debut book, Lift and Separate, tells a story of strength.Marcy Hammer’s husband, the head of a global brassiere empire, left her after thirty-three years of marriage for a 32DD lingerie model. Striking out on her own is difficult, but Marcy manages to find humor in heartbreak, along with her indomitable spirit and self-respect. When her adult children drop bombshells of their own, and she discovers a secret about her new friend, Marcy decides that by lifting herself up by her own lacy straps, she just may be able to handle them all.

For more than twenty-five years, Simon Rothstein owned an advertising agency in Connecticut. She grew up in New York City, earned a degree in journalism from New York University, and began her writing career at Seventeen magazine.

Further details of the Star Award can be found here