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College Student From Westport Wins Crime Fiction Contest Award

Liana Sonenclar is a graduate of Staples High School in Westport.
Liana Sonenclar is a graduate of Staples High School in Westport. Photo Credit: Inklings

WESTPORT, Conn. — Liana Sonenclar, of Westport, has received an honorable mention in the 2015 Al Blanchard Award contest for short crime fiction by a New England author or featuring a New England setting.

Sonenclar was honored for “Alibi,” about a lawyer’s struggle to defend a boy who wants to be convicted for a crime she thinks he didn’t commit.

It is Sonenclar's first short story. Sonenclar has completed her freshman year at the University of Chicago and is taking this year off to study drama and dramatic writing at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York.

The Al Blanchard Award honors the late author of two mystery novel series and numerous short crime stories. Blanchard was president of the New England chapter of Mystery Writers of America and co-founder of the New England Crime Bake.

Information on the 2016 Al Blanchard Award competition, which does not charge an entry fee, will be posted at www.crimebake.org and www.levelbestbooks.com.

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