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Bookshop Santa Cruz Writing Residency at the Wellstone Center in the RedwoodsA photo of a building at the Wellstone Center, with the heading The Bookshop Santa Cruz Writing Residency, and the Wellstone Center logo.

Bookshop Santa Cruz and The Wellstone Center in the Redwoods are partnering together to offer a sponsored, two-week writing residency, now in its fourth year since it was inaugurated in honor of Bookshop Santa Cruz’s 50th anniversary in 2016. Located at the Wellstone Center in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains and run by Sarah Ringler and best-selling author Steve Kettmann, the residency provides a room and most evening meals for the selected writer for fourteen days. The writer can also participate in Wellstone offerings, including weekly yoga and OpenMic Night and will receive a consultation session with Bookshop Santa Cruz buyers to discuss their project in relation to the marketplace. This residency sponsorship will be offered annually through 2020.

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Bookshop Santa Cruz Short Story Contest

Bookshop Santa Cruz sponsors an annual short story contest to showcase local talent. We do not look for any particular theme or style—just great writing. The winning story is published in our newsletter, Readers, with a circulation of more than 12,000 readers. First, second, and third place stories are posted on our website. In addition, the top three winning authors are invited to read their stories on Bruce Bratton's University Grapevine radio program (Tuesdays 7:30–8:30pm, KZSC 88.1 FM.)

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Bookshop Santa Cruz Young Writers Contest

Bookshop Santa Cruz celebrates the talents of young writers in our community with a contest designed for ages 6 and up! First, second, and third place winners from each age group receive Bookshop Santa Cruz gift certificates. Plus, the winning entries are published together in a collection each November.

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