Annual Short Story Contest

Enter Our 14th Annual Short Story Contest
Tell Us a Story

Bookshop Santa Cruz is looking for original fiction of no more than 1,200 words. We are not looking for any particular theme or style—just some great writing. This is our chance to help showcase local talent!

FIRST PRIZE: $250 gift certificate, and publication in Readers (with a circulation of 12,000) and on our website.

SECOND PRIZE: $100 gift certificate

THIRD PRIZE: $50 gift certificate

The second- and third-place stories will be posted on Bookshop’s website. In addition, the top three winning authors will be invited to read their stories on Bruce Bratton’s Universal Grapevine radio program (Tuesdays 7:00–8:00pm, KZSC 88.1 FM).

The deadline for submissions is February 16, 2017. Entries must be previously unpublished and may be dropped off, mailed in, or submitted online. There is a $6 entry fee per story. For complete contest rules, pick up an entry form at the information desk or download one from our website. All stories must include a completed entry form. Judges will read stories blind, without author names.

Winning entries will be announced on March 31, 2017. The first-prize winner will be published in our summer 2017 newsletter.

Download an entry form.
 

2016 WINNERS

FIRST PLACE: $250 cash, $100 gift certificate, plus publication in our summer 2016 newsletter.
Lisa Ortiz, "The Future is a Silver Lake"
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SECOND PLACE: $75 gift certificate
Barbara Gorson, "Crazy"
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THIRD PLACE: $50 gift certificate"
Mary Keil, "Knit 1, Purl 1"
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2015 WINNERS

FIRST PLACE: $250 cash, $100 gift certificate, plus publication in our summer 2015 newsletter.
Meera Collier, "Leo on the Train"
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SECOND PLACE: $75 gift certificate
Thomas Wetzel, "Four Roses With Father"
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THIRD PLACE: $50 gift certificate"
Jeff Masuda, "Five Mile Radius"
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2014 WINNERS

FIRST PLACE: $250 cash, $100 gift certificate, plus publication in our summer 2014 newsletter.
Clifford Henderson, "Pink"
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SECOND PLACE: $75 gift certificate
Katariina Alongi, "Secret Formula"
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THIRD PLACE: $50 gift certificate"
Elisa Fernandes-McDade, "The Quiet Began with a Panic"
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2013 WINNERS

FIRST PLACE: $250 cash, $100 gift certificate, plus publication in our summer 2013 newsletter.
Katariina Alongi, "The Gardener"
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SECOND PLACE: $75 gift certificate
Breanna Eddy, "Among the Trees"
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THIRD PLACE: $50 gift certificate"
Edward Weingold, "Trinity"
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2012 WINNERS

FIRST PLACE: $250 cash, $100 gift certificate, plus publication in our summer 2012 newsletter.
Dee Kohanna Davis, "Green Dolphy"
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SECOND PLACE: $75 gift certificate
Cooper Gallegos, "The Scent of Lemons"
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THIRD PLACE: $50 gift certificate"
Jeff Burt, "Marcellus Babineaux, Street Musician"
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2011 WINNERS 

FIRST PLACE: $250 cash, $100 gift certificate, plus publication in our summer 2011 newsletter.
Jeff Burt, "Mrs. Linares’ Daughter" 
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SECOND PLACE: $75 gift certificate
Paul Skenazy, "Windmills"
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THIRD PLACE: $50 gift certificate"
Vinnie Hansen, "Chinchillas"
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2010 WINNERS

FIRST PLACE: $250 cash, $100 gift certificate, plus publication
Nissa Cannon, "Roadside"
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SECOND PLACE: $75 gift certificate
Erik Svehaug, "Bull-headed"
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THIRD PLACE: $50 gift certificate
Vanessa Hemingway, "El Bar"
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2009 WINNERS

FIRST PLACE: SuRaa Fiction Award
Sandy Raney, "Basements Are For Dancing"
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SECOND PLACE:
Lorrie Klosterman, "Shelter"
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THIRD PLACE:
Molly Prentiss, "Big Dreams"
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The winning story from 2007/2008, "January" by Katherine Bailey, was published in Bookshop's Summer 2008 Newsletter.

The winning story from 2006/2007, "On How To Abandon Your Toddler at 7-11" by Cathy Warner, was published in Bookshop's Summer 2007 Newsletter.

 

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