Annual Short Story Contest

 

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Short Story Contest! You can read the winning stories via the links below.

FIRST PLACE
"Maria's Grandfather" by Nancy Hofmann
 
SECOND PLACE
"Escape" by Joanne Wright
         
THIRD PLACE
 "Something to Chew On" by Rose K. Murphy

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Short Story Contest! We look forward to reading more of the stories from our local talent next year.

Bookshop Santa Cruz sponsors an annual short story contest to showcase our local talent. 

The winning story is published in our Summer Newsletter, with a circulation of more than 12,000 readers, and on our website. The second and third place stories are posted in the store and on our website. In addition, the top three winning authors will be invited to read their stories on Bruce Bratton's Universal Grapevine radio program (Tuesdays 7:00-8:00 pm, KZSC 88.1 FM). First place is awarded a $250 Bookshop gift certificate. Second- and third-place gift certificates are also awarded.

Submissions for next year's Short Story Contest will open with the publication of our Winter Newsletter, released in October, with submissions due by the following February. This page will be updated at that point with the Entry Rules for next year's contest.You can read our current winning stories above, or read winning stories from previous years' contests below.

 

2017 Winners

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

 
 
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"
Read it online!

 

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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