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Cover Story Short, but not necessarily sweet Stories offer characters with emotional depth T he story of the Palo Alto Weekly’s her worrisome reality, and the girl who develops in 26th Annual Short Story Contest front of the reader’s eyes during a turning point in is one driven by characters — the her life. The characters in each story are as distinct robot who struggles to define humanity, the horse as their authors, and each lends emotion and depth that longs for freedom, the mother who retreats from to their stories. The Palo Alto Weekly thanks each of the 142 writers who entered this year’s contest as well as writers Ann Hillesland and Shelly King, who chose the top entries in each category to send to judges. Also, thanks to our judges and the contest co-sponsors Bell’s Books of Palo Alto, Kepler’s of Menlo Park and Linden Tree of Los Altos. The stories and author biographies of the winners are published online at Short Story Contest Winners Children, 9-11 years old 1st place: “Nico” by Nicole Knauer 2nd place: “A Tale of a Tail” by Emma Miller 3rd place: “Lightning Strikes” by Nisha McNealis Teens, 12-14 years old 1st place: “The Perfect Souvenir” by Maya McNealis 2nd place: “Merry Go Round” by Emily Katz 3rd place: “Four Knocks” by Alexandre Poux Young adults, 15-17 years old 1st place: “Robot Rob” by Curtis Wu 2nd place: “New Shoes Always Hurt” by Gavin Rea 3rd place: “Caltrain. Afternoon Service. Makes All Stops.” By Alessandra Occhioini Adults, 18 years and older 1st place: “When the Knock Comes” by Diane Holcomb 2nd place: “Bastille Day” by Apala G. Egan 3rd place: “Do the Math” by Michele Raffin *>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊ>ÀV…ÊÓ]ÊÓä£ÓÊU Page 41

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