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Manchester Times columnist Galyen places in national writing contest

Posted on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 1:36 pm

 Staff Reports

Manchester Times editorial page columnist Janet Galyen recently placed 11th out of 450 qualified entries in the Amy Writing Awards Program, which was compiled of entries from all across the country.

Janet Galyen

Janet Galyen

Galyen’s placement earned her $1,000 prize money and her entry, entitled “Bringing Lyla Home,” which published in the Nov. 27, 2013 edition of the Manchester Times, was reprinted on the Amy website at

Her column also placed ahead of entries submitted from Forbes and The Washington Post.

“I’m tickled to have placed among so many entries,” said Galyen. “It’s always nice to feel like my many hours of writing are recognized in some way. I was incredibly proud of that particular story and our friends that I wrote it about. I must admit, I was hoping for first place, but I’ll accept what I got.”

Galyen joined the Manchester Times as a weekly contributor to the editorial page in August of 2011.

“We are very happy for Janet and proud to call her part of our editorial team at the Manchester Times,” said Times editor Josh Peterson. “She has been a good addition to our editorial pages over the past few years. She adds diversity, and whether you agree with her or not, that is good for our newspaper. This particular column that was recognized was a great read.”

According to the Amy Writing Awards, Galyen’s column was honored for its “thought provoking, skillful presentation of biblical truth, reinforced with scripture in a mainstream, non-religious publication.”

Galyen is currently taking a break from writing while she cares for her first-born baby.