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Cover Story - May 24, 2019

Short Story Contest: Journeys of self discovery

First-place winners serendipitously highlight common themes in their unique works

While the first-place winners of this year's Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest submitted pieces that were vastly different, one common theme surrounding them is journeys of self discovery. Each story follows a significant moment in the life of a troubled individual, including a 65-year-old cancer patient's surprisingly pleasant encounter with death, a young adult teaching abroad in Japan who is anxious and conflicted about returning home to the United States and a transgender teen at the beginning of his transition starting at a new school where he's adopting his new identity for the first time.

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2 people like this
Posted by Stella Yang
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on May 25, 2019 at 1:01 pm

Regarding "Coffee and Cigarettes", beautiful story and ugly grammar. If the author drives as he writes, Tyler Dinneen must barrel through stop signs and never pay attention to speed limit signs. No rules apply.

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Posted by Patty Fewer
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on May 29, 2019 at 2:26 pm

I wish to congratulate all the short story winners this year. Good stories, all. I have been a winner in the past and it is really thrilling!
Every writer appreciates compliments and support and genuine guidance. Every writer uses their own voice and imagination. The individuality of the author Tyler Dinneen should be recognized. He is a winner.