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Short Story Contest: Journeys of self discovery

Original post made on May 25, 2019

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.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, May 24, 2019, 12:00 AM

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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.


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Short story writers wanted!

The 34th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult and Teen categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by March 27, 2020. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category. Sponsored by Kepler's Books, Linden Tree Books and Bell's Books.

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