Georgetown novelist Sylvia Dickey Smith has won First Place in the Novels for Adult Readers category in the 2012 communications contest sponsored by Press Women of Texas. The Swamp Whisperer is the latest entry in the popular Sidra Smart mystery series, which feature convoluted plots and feisty females and are set in the mysterious bayous of the Texas-Louisiana borderlands. It’s available as either paperback or e-book from

Press Women of Texas records over 100 years of recognizing the professional writing of its members, including people from all walks of life and many men. The state-wide contest is open to all work published during a calendar year. Contest Coordinator Kay Casey said that Smith’s novel, along with all other first-place-winning stories and articles, has been forwarded to the National Federation of Press Women competition, which annually pits working writers against their colleagues across the nation. Results from that contest will be available in the fall.