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Winners Announced for Write On, Oceanside! 2021

Oceanside CA— Write On, Oceanside!, or WOO, was created to showcase and celebrate  published Oceanside authors.  Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation partnered with Oceanside Public Library to offer a venue for local authors from a wide variety of genres to discuss, autograph & sell their works.  “Write On, Oceanside!” has become very popular with the community’s talented authors & has grown to be the largest literary fair in North County.  Even better, through OPL’s partnership all Write On, Oceanside events were free & open to the public.

This year, January 14 WOO went Virtual!

Several of the popular contests, including the “Ode to Oceanside” translated nicely to a virtual format.  Entrants using prose or poetry expressed their thoughts about our city.  The submissions were wide-ranging.  Some were humorous, some serious, all personal observations.  It was difficult judging task, but the Committee selected:

2nd Runner Up– Please Be Seated by Kerin Van Hoosear

1st Runner up  Ode to O’side, the Pier, and the Pelican by Melinda Turner

Our Grand prize winner  My Beautiful Oceanside  by L’Tanya Gordon

A new contest was created this year: 6 Word Story. Legend has it that Ernest Hemingway bet his literary friends that he could write an entire story in six words. The group put $10.00 each into the pot, then Hemingway wrote, “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”  Writers of all ages and genre were challenged  to top Hemingway.  Over 30 submissions were received.  Many of them definitely met and perhaps beat Hemingway.  The Committee selected:

3nd Runner Up: Drove 2,800 miles for granddaughter’s birth.  by  Soraida Hill-Martinez

2nd  Runner Up:”Forever?” She shrugged, and walked away. by Kristopher Stockett

1st Place: Covid came, I baked, clothes shrank. by  Elizabeth van Hunnick

Congratulations to all of the participants as well as the winners.

Anyone interested in becoming involved in Write On, Oceanside !  2022, or any of Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation’s other events email ocaf.arts@gmail.com