Dear writers and participants,


We are delighted to announce the winner of the Short Story Writing Contest, themed “Happy but Lonely.” The quality of submissions we received was outstanding, and it was a tough decision for our judges. After careful consideration, we have selected the winner and would like to extend our congratulations to Tamara Bock for her remarkable short story titled “The Best Day Ever.”


Tamara Bock, your storytelling prowess truly shone through your captivating narrative. Your ability to evoke emotions and capture the essence of the theme impressed our judges immensely. Your dedication and talent have earned you the prestigious title of the winner of our May/June 2023 Short Story Writing Contest. Well done!


In addition to Tamara Bock’s exceptional entry, we would like to recognize the following participants for their outstanding shortlisted mentions:


Honorable Shortlisted Mentions:



Danbi Yu and Patrick Izzo, your contributions were highly commendable. Your stories resonated with our judges, showcasing your unique perspectives and storytelling abilities. We applaud your talent and encourage you to continue sharing your remarkable stories with the world.


Although we had a lower turnout in other contest categories, we sincerely appreciate the participation and effort of all participants. We understand that not every contest yields winners in every category, but we value your contribution and hope you will continue to explore future opportunities with us.


Tamara Bock, we will be reaching out to you via email to provide further details on how to redeem your well-deserved prize, which includes:


🏆 $50 Prize Money

📜 Certificate of Award

📚 Writing Career Coaching for growing writers [if you’re a new writer]


Once again, congratulations to Tamara Bock, Danbi Yu, and Patrick Izzo on your remarkable achievements. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all participants for making this contest a success. Your talent and creativity have left an indelible mark on our writing community.

Stay tuned for more exciting contests and opportunities in the future!


Warm regards,

Love from Dandy Writers