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Short Story Contest Winners

To encourage the craft, VCWC sponsors an annual short story contest. Listed below are our past winners. We are looking for information about our 2005 contest about the order of the winners, as well as any honorable mentions for past contests. If you have any information, please contact Barbara at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Adult Category

First Place: Coming Clean by Lee Wade

Second Place: Beyond Measure by Karen Gorback

Third Place: Slaying Dragons by Barbara Piszczek

Honorable Mentions:

Stuck Together by Louisa Angeli

The Mother Lode by David Panaro

Going Home by Glenn Rowe

Sound and Motion, Motion and Sound by William Stermer

Youth Category

 The New Generation by Noah Sletten



Adult Category

First Place: Water's Edge by Jan Richman Schulman of Oxnard

Second Place: Paper Dragon by Antony Villalobos of West Hills

Third Place: The Vault by Sofia Diana Gabel of Ventura

Honorable Mentions:

Presumption by Patricia Caloia of Ventura

Melanie's Madness by Carol Malone of Camarillo

Under The Bed by Douglas Peyton of Camarillo
Youth Category

First Place: Taken Over by Megan Ragone of Thousand Oaks

Second Place: His January by Gabrielle Genhart of Ventura

Third Place: Almost Done by Naomi Stoodley of Ventura



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 Ojai

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



Adult Category

First Place: Slowly, Slowly, Without Much Notice by Dallas Woodburn

Second Place: Dancing with Dreams by Karen Gorback

Third Place: Message from Sharon by Shlomo Kreitzer

Honorable Mentions:

Weathering the Storm by Mal King

Revenge by Patricia Caloia

Truth or Dare by Giselle Lumas

Youth Category

First Place: Colorblind by Grace O'Toole

Second Place: Inherently Human by Angelina Martin

Third PlaceA Journey Through Shades of Grey by Sarah Redner

Honorable Mentions:

Max Morales at student at Villanova Preparatory School won all three honorable mentions for "The Date," "Constellation," and "The Last Look in Their Eyes" 



First Place: The Last Speed Run by Bill Stermer

Second Place: Holding Onto Hawaii by Roni Hooper

Third Place: Lynchburg Correctional, 1845 by Sheli Ellsworth

Honorable Mentions:

At Sea by Carol Fogel

Ben by Frank Leupp



First Place: The Man Who Talks with Birds by Robert Sanders

Second Place: Rosie Sees the Light by Carol Fogel

Third Place: The Runner by Greg Elliot

Honorable Mentions:

The Right Time by Brenda Tzipore

My Punishment by Brenda-Lee Riker

Kathryn's Turn by Shlomo Kreitzer 



First Place: Rendezvous with the Boatman by Kathleen Auth and Claudette Young

Second Place: Love in the Time of Nixon by Susan Brown,

Third Place: A Lesson, A Test, A Gift? by Shlomo Kreitzer



First Place: The Last Dime by Mal King

Second Place: Quest by Jim Seerden

Third Place: The Drive Home by Tammy Delatorre 



First Place: Leaf by Leaf by Lori Anaya

Second Place: Nacho's Nopales by Matthew Demaria

Third Place: The Ticket by Sheli Ellsworth



First Place: Movin' by Lee Wade

Second Place: New Names and Old Brisket by Dallas Woodburn

Third Place: The Abandoned House by Gordon Twa



The Concrete is Always Greener by Wendy Dager

To Hold Harmless by Sharon Patterson

Pas De Deux by Lucille Sutton

The Scent of Honeysuckle by Carol Pond

Divine Wind by Bruce Henderson

The Mudslinger by LeeAnne Clark

A Butterfly for Bernice by Susan Brown

The Curative Powers of Chocolate by Karen Gorback

What Really Happened to Helen Fork by Liz Gollen

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