Announcing the Winners of the
28th Annual Palo Alto Weekly 2014
Short Story Contest

Resilient minds

Winning authors meditate on how we cope with change and loss

A mother dies, leaving her daughter in the care of her stepfather. A child is diagnosed with cancer. A new sister is born. What do we do when everything around us transforms? Sometimes we react with fright and despair, nestling into the protective shells of habit and denial. Other times we adapt, embracing the new and making the best of what we have.

In the winning stories of the Palo Alto Weekly's 28th Annual Short Story Contest, the authors dwell on the way their characters deal with dramatic changes in their lives — ultimately underscoring the resiliency of the human mind.

The Palo Alto Weekly would like to thank the more than 100 writers who submitted their work to this year's contest; the readers Katy Hall and Isabella Hill, who selected the top entries in each category for the judges to consider; and contest co-sponsors Bell's Books of Palo Alto, Kepler's Books of Menlo Park and Linden Tree Books of Los Altos.



Adult Winners

First Place

Ateret Haselkorn
Jimmy and Claire

Second Place
Maureen Simons

Third Place
Marcia Beck
Chevy and Tomatoes

Youth Winners

Tween 9-11

First Place

Sela Dingpontsawa

Second Place
Chloe Kim
June 29th—The Last Day

Third Place
Anna Mickelsen
An Unexpected Journey

Teen 12-14

First Place

Rachel Roberts

Second Place
Andre Bouyssounouse

Third Place
Amrita Bhasin
The Kingsley Mystery

Young Adult 15-17

First Place

Hannah Knowles
Botany for Beginners

Second Place
Kathleen Xue

Third Place
Zachary Cherian
Then and Now

Short Story Contest judges



Kepler's Books and Magazines, Palo Alto Linden Tree, Palo AltoBell's Books, Palo Alto


Past winners:

2022 winners | 2021 winners | 2020 winners | 2019 winners | 2018 winners | 2017 winners | 2016 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

Stay informed.

Get the day's top headlines from Palo Alto Online sent to your inbox in the Express newsletter.


Sign-up now for 5K Run/Walk, 10k Run, Half Marathon

The 39th annual Moonlight Run and Walk is Friday evening, September 29. Join us under the light of the full Harvest Moon on a 5K walk, 5K run, 10K run or half marathon. Complete your race in person or virtually. Proceeds from the race go to the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund, benefiting local nonprofits that serve families and children in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.