Posted by Michael Fox
The Rotary Club of Stratford celebrated the winners of its 2019 SHORT STORY CONTEST with an awards presentation as part of the Stratford Writers Festival last Saturday October 19th, and we were very fortunate to have, in attendance, Rotary District 6330 Governor Tony Sheard, and his lovely wife Sylvia.
Featured in the photo here are the 1st and 3rd prize winners in the Adult (20 and over) category, Renee Lehnen for DO UNTO OTHERS, and Alexina Dalgetty for PORTOBELLO PETE GETS HIMSELF A CHICKEN.

Unfortunately we had no winners from the Youth (19 and under) category at the presentation as, for instance, Penelope Duran, our first prize winner for two of her stories, CURRYING FORTUNE and EVERLASTING ENCORE, is attending high school in Frankfurt Germany.

Here’s the list of this year’s winners and their prizes:

ADULT CATEGORY – 20 and over


1st Prize ​$500​​Renee Lehnen ​​​Do Unto Others

2nd Prize ​$250​​Sharon Frayne​​​Twelve Stops to Airport

3rd Prize​$ 50​​AlexinaDalgetty​​Portobello Pete Gets Himself A Chicken

tied with​$ 50​​Kevin Craig ​​​Paris at Sunset and Into the Night


Honourable Mentions 

Sharon Overend ​ ​The Canary’s Calling 

Cathy Berg​​​Rules of the Road


YOUTH CATEGORY – 19 and under


1st Prize ​$300​​Penny Duran​​​Currying Fortune and Everlasting Encore  

​She tied herself for 1stprize!   

2nd Prize ​$200​​Kristin Vleeming​​Dreams Do Come True

3rd Prize​$100​​Beatrice Love Rose Marks​A Crow’s Poignant Call


Please check the January edition of THE BRIDGE for details of the 2020 contest…and spread the word!

Yours In Rotary…


Michael Fox

Literacy Committee

The Rotary Club of Stratford