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Promoting public interest and participation in the arts since 1961.

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Gualala Arts, The Sea Ranch Foundation, and Gualala Rotary Club present:
Short Story Contest Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, June 14, 5:00 p.m.
at the Gualala Arts Center

2011 Short Story Contest winners: Morgen Pack, Rozann Grunig, Jan Edwards, Cheri Ause
2011 Short Story Contest winners:
Morgen Pack, Rozann Grunig, Jan Edwards, Cheri Ause

Congratulations to the winners of
this year's creative writing contest:

1st place: Cheri Ause, "HairCut"
2nd place: Jan Edwards, "No Way is This My Fault"
3rd place: Rozann Grunig, "Lacey"
Youth #1: Morgen Pack, "Ghost Girl"

Short Story Contest Awards Ceremony Gualala Arts, The Sea Ranch Foundation, and the Gualala Rotary Club sponsor a short story writing contest that is open to any full-time or part-time resident living between Elk and Timber Cove who has not published in a book or national periodical. Local or school publications are exempt.

Creative Writing Writers in either the Adult or Youth (13-17 years) category may submit up to three short stories of no more than 1,200 words each. To insure impartiality, judges will not know the authorship. Deadline for all submissions and information on manuscript preparation can be found in the entry form that is posted on this website or at the Gualala Arts office.

Stephen Kessler Adult and Youth winning entries will be read at an awards ceremony on Wednesday, June 14, 2011, held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Gualala Arts Center. The two first place winners will receive a cash award and have their stories published in the Redwood Coast Review, an award-winning quarterly supplement in the Independent Coast Observer that is sponsored by the Coast Community Library. Adult first prize award is $250. Second prize is $150 and third prize is $100. Youth first prize award is $200, with $100 for second prizes (three awards possible).

Last year's winner in the adult category was Ron Sackman, with his narrative entitled, "The Volcano Incident." Morgan Pack won the youth prize with her story "All or None." Other winners in past years include Lillian Mattimore, Katherine Cox, Natalie Cox, Brady Klopfer, David Robertson, and Jo Rouse. The short story contest alternates in a three-year cycle with poetry and non-fiction contests sponsored by the same organizations.

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The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email

Join us in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Gualala Arts, 1961 - 2011

Serving the coastal communities of northern Sonoma & southern Mendocino Counties.