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Adult Winners

From an elegant Hamptons hotel to the drab 1950s Soviet Union, from a girl's bedroom to a bloody Iraq battlefield, the winning entries in the Palo Alto Weekly Twenty-Third Annual Short Story Contest take us around the world.

Grabbing moments of spare time to craft and hone their imagined tales into words, this year's winners drew their inspirations from overheard conversations, current events, friends, kids, sports, books and the ordinary routines of daily life.

The Palo Alto Weekly thanks each of the 160 writers who entered this year's contest as well as writers Ann Hillesland and Judy Clement Wall, who selected the top ten 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
Aleks Merilo

Little Moscow

Second Place
Jyoti Pande Lavakare
Riots and Duets

Third Place
Jill O'Nan
Naked Politics

Youth Winners

Children 9-11

First Place
Fiona Hon
The Dream Machine

Second Place
Ashil Koranne

Coke Nirvana

Third Place
Patricia Lin
Venice, 1804

Teen 12-14

First Place
Amelia Rosch
Back and Forth

Second Place
Sharon Lo

Third Place
Camille Von Kaenel

The Boy and the Elephant

Young Adult 15-17

First Place
Nicola Goldberg

Second Place
Camilla McHugh
Tangerine Sun

Third Place
Cam Stein
The End of the Path

The Ceremony will be held Monday December 8, 2008 at 7 p.m. at Kepler's Books & Magazines at 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.  
Friends and Family are welcome.

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