Whether examined through fantastical or grounded means, this central struggle to connect is undeniably relevant in 2022 as we continue to rethink and reestablish how we interact with our families, friends and selves in the wake of the pandemic.
In their own unique ways, these winners found ways to remind us how important it is to connect to each other, showing us how we can better support and understand each other even in the most trying times.
The Palo Alto Weekly thanks all of the writers who submitted stories for this year's contest; the judges for the Adult and Young Adult categories, Debbie Duncan, Devi Laskar and Maud Carol Markson; and the Teen category judges Nancy Etchemendy, Caryn Huberman Yacowitz and Marjorie Sayer. Lastly, the Weekly extends its gratitude to the contest co-sponsors, Kepler's Books, Bell's Books and Linden Tree Children's Books.
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