Contest winner: A punctuating sense of humor

September 28, 2014 By Sue Burzynski Bullard Contests and Awards

Ashley Winchester said she tries to limit her use of exclamation points. After all, she is an AP Style devotee.

But she also has a sense of humor.

And that’s how an interrobang helped her win the ACES National Punctuation Day eecard competition. Her prize: complimentary registration for the ACES national conference in Pittsburgh March 26 to March 28.

Winchester, an ACES member since 2007, is the production editor for five weekly Hearst-owned newspapers in Connecticut — the Fairfield Citizen, Westport News, Darien News, New Canaan News and New Milford Spectrum.

Her entry was inspired by a discussion among her editor friends of interrobangs in honor of National Punctuation Day, which she celebrated by bringing in a cake for her desk.

Told she’d won the competition, she said, “OMG I won?! Yay! Wait, way too much.”


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