Short Story Contest: You and me

Winning stories investigate the give-and-take, complexity of relationships

The winners of the 29th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest were announced this week.

Among other motifs and issues, relationships emerge as central to the three first-place stories in the Adult, Young Adult and Teen categories.

Characters of all stripes grapple with their own and others' stubbornness while contemplating the opportunities of the future and the mistakes of the past. The personalities and situations in these stories ask readers to consider how they relate to and treat those closest to them.

The Palo Alto Weekly would like to thank the 115 writers who submitted work to this year's contest; the readers Danielle Truppi and Sharon Levin, who selected the top entries in each category for the judges to consider; the Adult and Young Adult category judges, Tom Parker and Meg Waite Clayton; and the judges for the Teen category, Katy Obringer, Nancy Etchemendy and Caryn Huberman Yacowitz. The Weekly also like to thank the contest co-sponsors, Bell's Books of Palo Alto, Kepler's Books of Menlo Park and Linden Tree Books of Los Altos.

The stories and biographies of all nine first- through third-place winners, and audio recordings of the writers reading their stories, can be found here.


Complete list of winners

Teen, 12-14 years old

1st place: "Ivan and Natasha" by Deiana Hristov

2nd place: "The Skeleton Man" by Tjasa Kmetec

3rd place: "The Myth of Apollonia by Catherine Vera

Young Adult, 15-17 years old

1st place: "Mistranslations" by Hannah Knowles

2nd place: "Time of the Angels" by Caroline Bailey

3rd place: "A Distinct Shade of Blue" by Zarin Mohsenin

Adult, 18 years and older

1st place: "Place of Waiting" by Ian Sears

2nd place: "The Graduate" by Rayme Waters

3rd place: "Ashes" by Margaret Young

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Posted by Confused
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on Jun 12, 2015 at 11:56 am

Why do some links take you to a different site?

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Posted by Confused2
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 12, 2015 at 12:46 pm

I'm confused by clicking on the story sometimes and there is a partial page with what looks like a video play icon, but nothing works... That happened with the graduate stories story as well....

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Posted by My Nguyen
digital editor of Palo Alto Online
on Jun 12, 2015 at 12:57 pm

My Nguyen is a registered user.

@Confused We have a Short Story Contest page on our website and one on a different platform we are trying out. Some of the stories are linked to the page on our website because we were unable to directly link it to the separate page.

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Posted by My Nguyen
digital editor of Palo Alto Online
on Jun 12, 2015 at 12:58 pm

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@Confused2 I'm sorry about that. I haven't encountered that issue. Maybe you should try a different browser? Let me know if that works. Thanks!

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