Mona Shand gets nod in Erma Bombeck Writing Competition

Brighton resident Mona Shand, one of The Livingston Post’s “Voices,” won honorable mention in the 2016 Erma Bombeck Writing Competition for her essay “My Dad, The Egyptian Astronaut.”

The competition is hosted every two years by the University of Dayton and the Washington-Centerville Public Library in Centerville, Ohio, where Bombeck wrote the books and newspaper columns that endeared her to America and made her a household name.

Bombeck died in 1996 after an unsuccessful kidney transplant. The writing competition challenges writers to capture the essence of her writing, which focused on the humor in everyday life. The contest also coincides with the University of Dayton’s Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop.

This year, 563 writers from around the world entered their previously unpublished essays in two categories: humor and human interest. Shand’s essay about her father was entered in the Human Interest (Global) category, for which syndicated columnist and former CNN anchor Daryn Kagan was the finalist judge.

You can read her essay by clicking here.

Shand is an award-winning broadcast journalist who has worked in television, radio, and print. She is currently a correspondent for the independent news agency Public News Service. She and her husband, three kids, and two cats make their home in Brighton, Mich. You can read more of her work on The Livingston Post by clicking here, or at

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