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Annual Short Story Contest

Congratulations to the winners of Bookshop Santa Cruz's 17th annual Short Story Contest! 


FIRST PLACE: "Outer Banks" by Joanne Wright 
SECOND PLACE: "Fall" by Logan Egan 
THIRD PLACE: "Puzzle Box" by Ryan Masters

Thank you to everyone who submitted to this year's short story contest. We loved reading the creative stories from all of our local writing talent. The First Place-winning story will be published in the digital edition of our Summer Newsletter, Readers, in mid-May. All three winning stories will be available to read on our website after the newsletter publication.

 

You can read our winning stories from previous years' contests below.

2019 Winnters

FIRST PLACE:  $250 gift certificate, plus publication in our 2019 summer newsletter.
Lauren Michelle Finkle, "The Octopus"
Read it online!

SECOND PLACE:  $100 gift certificate
Anna Montgomery Patton, "Laps"
Read it online!

THIRD PLACE: $50 gift certificate
Ryan Masters, "No Whispering, No Secrets"
Read it online!

2018 Winners

FIRST PLACE: $250 gift certificate, plus publication in our summer 2018 newsletter.
Nancy Hofman, "Maria's Grandfather"
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SECOND PLACE: $100 gift certificate
Joanne Wright, "Escape"
Read it online!

THIRD PLACE: $50 gift certificate
Rose K. Murphy, "Something to Chew On"
Read it online!

2017 Winners

FIRST PLACE: $250 gift certificate, plus publication in our summer 2017 newsletter.
Ross Clifford, "Walking"
Read it online!

SECOND PLACE: $100 gift certificate
Joanne Wright, "Nice"
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THIRD PLACE: $50 gift certificate
Paul Skenazy, "Self-Help"
Read it online!

2016 WINNERS

FIRST PLACE: $250 cash, $100 gift certificate, plus publication in our summer 2016 newsletter.
Lisa Ortiz, "The Future is a Silver Lake"
Read it online!

SECOND PLACE: $75 gift certificate
Barbara Gorson, "Crazy"
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THIRD PLACE: $50 gift certificate"
Mary Keil, "Knit 1, Purl 1"
Read it online!

2015 WINNERS

FIRST PLACE: $250 cash, $100 gift certificate, plus publication in our summer 2015 newsletter.
Meera Collier, "Leo on the Train"
Read it online!

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"
Read it online!

2014 WINNERS

FIRST PLACE: $250 cash, $100 gift certificate, plus publication in our summer 2014 newsletter.
Clifford Henderson, "Pink"
Read it online!

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"
Read it online!

2013 WINNERS

FIRST PLACE: $250 cash, $100 gift certificate, plus publication in our summer 2013 newsletter.
Katariina Alongi, "The Gardener"
Read it online!  

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"
Read it online!

2011 WINNERS 

FIRST PLACE: $250 cash, $100 gift certificate, plus publication in our summer 2011 newsletter.
Jeff Burt, "Mrs. Linares’ Daughter" 
Read it online! 
 
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"
Read it online!  

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.