Each of the writers drew upon their personal experiences and those of people around them to breathe life into their works and to shed light on the beauty that can be found in the most unconventional places.
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, Tom Parker, Nancy Packer and Debbie Duncan; and the Teen category judges Caryn Huberman Yacowitz, Marjorie Sayer and Nancy Etchemendy.
Lastly, the Weekly extends its gratitude to the contest co- sponsors, Bell's Books of Palo Alto, Kepler's Books of Menlo Park and Linden Tree Children's Books of Los Altos.
First place: “Poetry from the Outskirts,” by Sophia Lucas
2nd place: "Magic Number 3," by Isabel Harding
3rd place: "Slán a Sionnach (Goodbye Fox)," by Rachel Lysaght
“An Evening at Sunset,” by Claire Xu
2nd place: "The Pendant," by Jason Hu
3rd: "Puddles and Pirates," by Avni Nath
Love and a Vaccine, by David Woodbury
2nd: "Hegemony Falls," by Tim Kane
3rd: "Mulberry Lane (Phase Two)," by Craig Evans
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