Short Story Contest Winners Honored January 2017
Every second Tuesday of January, the Ventura County Writers Club celebrates our annual short story contest winners. There is always an air of excitement as we gather together to listen to stories that engaged our judges. We may never climb a mountain, face a serious illness, live through the horrors of war, or live out a dream, but the stories we heard invoked those sympathetic responses. Sections and whole stories were read by the winners themselves, or a designated reader who provided the necessary inflection to these powerful words.
Starting the evening were youth winners. For the past five years, we have had a high school category to encourage younger writers on their path. The budding skills of these writers were amazing to witness. We then moved on to the adult honorable mentions -- all club members -- who brought us moments of terror as well as a need to belong.
After a break, we then heard the winning adult stories. The emotional depth of these stories proved why those authors were honored by our judges. We hope that our attendees were inspired to share their own writing, and to take part in our next contest.
First Place: Completely Perfect by Sydney Edgecomb of Santa Barbara
Second Place: Morning Offering by Jack Stein of Santa Barbara
Honorable Mention: Neverest by Ziv Carmi of Newbury Park
L to R: Ziv Carmi, Jack Stein, and Sydney Edgecomb
First Place: Odessa, 1910 by Vic Prushan of Thousand Oaks
Second Place: Chirps by Wendell Liljedahl of Ventura
Third Place: The Birthday Story by Mikko Cook of Ventura
L to R: Mikko Cook and Vic Prushan (Wendell Liljedahl not pictured)
HM: Real Love by Dallas Woodburn of Ventura
HM: Invasion by Rob Loewe of Camarillo
HM: The Un-Miracle by Philip Brown of Camarillo
L to R: Rob Loewe and Philip Brown (Dallas Woodburn not pictured)