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Winners of the 14th Annual VCWC Short Story Contest

In a night of literary achievement, January’s meeting hosted the winners of the 2013 Short Story Contest. This year’s contest winners and the authors who received honorable mentions were invited to read their entire entries, as well as a congratulatory reception with club members.

shelbaStory topics ranged from the sentimental to comedic (at a funeral, no less!), but all had the craft that the Ventura County Writers Club takes pride in promoting.  All authors received certificates marking their award,  and cash prizes were awarded at the meeting: $500 to first place; $250 to second place; and $125 to third place for the adult category. Winners of the high school category were awarded: $100 for first place; $75 to second place; and $50 to third place.


The winners are:

Adult Category

First Place: The Loose Rack by Terry Tallent of Ojai

Second Place: When Life Gives You Lemmings by Carol Fogel of Thousand Oaks

Third Place: Had to Be You by Joe Vandenberg of Ojaishortstorywinners

Honorable Mention: Is this the World? by Mal King of Santa Paula

Youth Category

First Place: Funeral by Zoe Appleby of Ojai

Second Place: When the Morning Comes by Carolyn Richards of Ojai

Third Place: Paring Ritual by Erin Stoodley


Congratulations to all our winners!  They will be featured in the upcoming VCWC anthology, available in November.



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