The fiction writers of Rossmoor sharpened their pencils and wrote elegantly about life in the community, traffic jams on torn-up roads, mysteries of the community, and the forging of friendships in the 1960s, the beginnings of the then modern suburb.
The entries came in the fourth-annual fiction-writing contest sponsored by the Rossmoor Homeowners Association and The Original Fish Company.
The quality of the writing and the imaginative stories are getting better each year in the contest. The RHA wants to thank every writer who submitted stories.
The judges picked “Stuck” by Karen Gardner as the first place winner this year, which they found portrayed Rossmoor life in an entertaining way, focusing on a couple’s son who is waiting for snacks from his mother when his game begins, but she is stuck in traffic, trying to cross the Seal Beach Blvd Bridge. They found the dialogue was good, the story was told with humor, and “the twist at the end was perfect.”
Second Place went to Victor Carfi, who wrote “Initial Findings of the Archeological Dig at the ‘Rossmoor’ Site.” Carfi’s story takes place in the distant future when the remains of Rossmoor are discovered and archeologists attempt to make sense of what they find. “We found ourselves laughing over the scientists’ conclusions based on the artifacts that are found when Rossmoor is excavated thousands of years in the future,” the judges said.
The last winner is “Gone But Not Forgotten” by Mark Rafferty. “This nostalgic story of friendship and innocence made us picture the very beginnings of Rossmoor, and it highlighted the bonds time and death can’t break,” the judges wrote.
A special shout-out also goes to Morgan (11) and Aidan (9) Cheng who entered imaginative and entertaining stories even though they were up against more experienced adult competitors. “Their entries impressed us both,” the judges said.
As in past years, the winner of the contest gets a $200 gift certificate to The Original Fish Company, second place gets a $100 gift certificate, and third place gets a $50 gift certificate. In addition, all the contest participants will be hosted by RHA at a fiction-writers party later this summer.
The judging was done by Susan Denley and Coralyn Foults. Denley, a Los Alamitos resident, is deputy features editor and former hiring editor at the Los Angeles Times. Foults is an English literature and composition instructor at Cal State Fullerton and Irvine Valley College. She lives in Anaheim.