2020 Short Story Contest Winners Announced

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Congratulations to the winners of the 3rd Annual Short Story Contest sponsored and supported by the Friends of San Diego Central Library.

Today would have taken place the live reading performance of the winning stories by Write Out Loud followed by a Q&A with the top 3 winning authors.  See last year's announcement for a sense of what it would have been like and what it will be again in 2021.

Carl Snow | 1st Place

Story: Right Now

Carl Snow is a native of Kansas City, Missouri. Carl Snow graduated from the University of Maryland and had a long career in the United States Navy. After retirement, he worked as Assistant Editor for The Hook magazine and then as Production Editor for the Topgun Journal at the Navy Fighter Weapons School. When Topgun moved to Fallon, Nevada, Carl remained in San Diego, working as a Technical Writer, researching and writing manufacturing process documents for hi-tech electronics manufacturers. Carl retired for good in March 2011 and volunteers in the Midway Museum Research Library in San Diego, California.

David Hogan | 2nd Place

Story: Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White

David Hogan’s debut novel, The Last Island, is published by Betimes Books. The novel was a finalist in the San Diego Book Awards and the Kindle version was a bestseller in Australia and the U.K. His stage plays include the New Play Initiative award-winning Capital and No Sit – No Stand – No Lie, which opened the ‘Resilience of the Spirit’ Human Rights Festival. He’s a dual citizen of the US and Ireland and has contributed to Writing.ie, Irish Central, and Points in Case, among others. He has just completed a new novel, Hear Us Fade.

Cheyanne Nelson | 3rd Place

Story: Shackled to the Basement Wall

Cheyanne Nelson is a Sophomore at Valley Center High School. This is her first short story she has ever written, although she has worked on writing many books before. She has an interest in photography, music, writing, and art, along with riding her horses, and spending time in the desert with family. She is looking to enlist in the United States Marine Corps after graduating and gaining a PhD in Criminology and Psychology.

Maddy Cowee | Honorable Mention

Story: Brilliant Blaze

Maddy Cowee is an aspiring novelist who waits tables by day and writes by night. Raised on a steady diet of fantasy and fairy tales, she can be found reading, playing video games, and drawing. Though this is her first short story, she has worked as a fiction ghost writer and editorial columnist. Currently writing a novel, she hopes to see her books on shelves everywhere in the not-too-distant future.