Winners of short story contest announced
Elizabeth Cisar (left) of Sturgeon Lake receives her second-place award from Pine County Short Story Contest Director Connie Harris.
The ink is dry on the results of the second Pine County Short Story Contest.
First place in the Adult Category was "Nothing Left to Forget" by Tami Jo Riedeman of Sandstone.
"The winning story immediately set up a mystery that kept me reading right until the end," said contest judge Angela Foster.
"This story was really well put together and suspenseful," said Connie Harris, the organizer of the contest. "It kept me reading to the last page.
First place in the Youth Category went to "A Tale of Two Families" by Jaci Nelson, the solo entry in this category.
"I thought the student story was a good effort, and held to the theme of the contest," said Harris.
Second place in the Adult Category was "Invisible Heroes" by Elizabeth Cisar of Sturgeon Lake.
"This made me cry - but then I'm a crier," said Harris. "I love stories that can get me to do this."
Third place went to "I'll Be There with Bells On" by Vicki Knapp of Sandstone.
Honorable mentions were awarded to "Tell Me Your Secret" by Vicki Knapp of Sandstone, "Remembering Pip" by Fran Levings of Sandstone, and "Ghosts of Thunder Meadow" by Al Wolter of Hinckley.
"We had one entry that would have been a winner if the writer had taken a few extra moments to proof read the story," Foster noted. "Because a chunk of text was left out between pages, it had to be disqualified. As a judge, I found this very disappointing. It never hurts to have a second read through before dropping your work in the mail."
"Overall, I thought this year's entries maintained the precedent set by last year's contest and hope that the contest will continue to have such quality stories," Harris said.
First place winners in each category will receive a $100 prize, the second place winner a $50 prize and the third place winner a $25 prize.
"There are a lot of talented people in Pine County and this comes through in the quality of the entrants," Harris said. "So start writing for next year's contest."