All 2011 entries have been submitted for judging. Results of the contest will be announce via mailed invite to the reception at the end of January 2012.
Thanks for your submission and good luck!


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Adult Winners

Once again the Palo Alto Weekly honors some of the best fiction writers in the community with its 25th annual Short Story Contest.

The Weekly thanks each of the writers who entered this year's contest as well as Ann Hillesland and Judy Clement Wall, who chose the top entries in each category to send on to the judges.

Thanks also to our judges, and to contest co-sponsors Bell's Books of Palo Alto, Kepler's of Menlo Park and Linden Tree of Los Altos.

First Place
Ross Peter Nelson

The Harrow

Second Place
Dawn Wood

Third Place
Kevin Sharp

Youth Winners

Children 9-11

First Place
Brittany Nguyen
Double Identity

Second Place
Zoe Weiss

Hawk Lover and Golden Horizon:
A Story of Friendship

Third Place
Emily Wang
An Itchy Adventure

Honorable Mention
Caroline Hallee
Maggie Finn's Incredible Escape

Teen 12-14

First Place
Grace Yukkiko Kuffner
The Kitchen Maid's Apprentice

Second Place
Esmee Morris
The Folder

Third Place
Caitlin Crosby

Once Upon A Homework

Honorable Mention
Patricia Lin


Young Adult 15-17

First Place
Caitlin Colvin

Second Place
Shreya Ramachandran

Third Place
Alessandra Occhiolini
Escaping Utopia

Short Story Reception

Watch a video from the Short Story Contest Reception,
held Thursday, December 9th at Kepler's Books & Magazines.

Short Story Contest JUDGES

Past winners:

2015 winners | 2014 winners | 2012-2013 winners | 2011 winners | 2010 winners
2009 winners | 2008 winners | 2007 winners | 2006 winners | 2005 winners
2004 winners | 2003 winners | 2002 winners | 2001 winners | 2000 winners
1999 winners | 1998 winners | 1997 winners | 1996 winners


Hangin' with the best

The results are in. See who Palo Alto Weekly readers have selected what they feel are the top spots and service providers in the Palo Alto area across 83 categories.

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