Payson High School graduate Betsy Rice, now of Casa Grande Valley Newspapers, was the Sweepstakes winner in the recent Arizona Press Women's annual writing contest.
Rice received the award at a May 20 banquet, held at the Fiesta Inn Resort in Tempe.
Rice is the daughter of Buddy and Judy Rice of Rim Trail Ranch.
At the banquet, two other Rim Country writers received awards.
Payson Roundup columnist Christy Powers won third place in the Special Issues category for her columns about guide dogs that appeared in the Roundup.
Occasional Roundup contributor Carol Osman Brown took third place for her story "Celebrating Past, Present and Future: The Heard Museum at 75," that appeared in Native Peoples Magazine.