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Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest names winners

I was honored to be a judge for Beach Holidays

‘Beach Holidays’ anthology to be published in late 2022

August 17, 2022

Cat & Mouse Press of Lewes has announced the winners of the 2022 Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest.

A panel of six judges made the selections, which will be published in an anthology titled “Beach Holidays,” to be available by year’s end. Browseabout Books of Rehoboth Beach is the contest sponsor and will award $500 for first place, $250 for second place, and $100 for third place. Each judge also selected a story for special recognition.

The winning stories and their authors are:

Top Stories, first place, “Death by Chocolate,” Renée Rockland, Rehoboth Beach; second place, “Labor (Day) of Love,” Katherine Melvin, Montgomery Village, Md.; and third place, “Sorry, Not Sorry, Wrong Number,” Robin Hill-Page Glanden, Newark.

Judges’ Awards went to “An Almost Perfect Day in April,” Jean Youkers, Hockessin; “Blue House,” Justin Stoeckel, Seaford; “Every Holiday,” Lonn Braender, Washington Crossing, Pa.; “Homebase,” Anna Beck, Lewes; “Take a Chance on Me,” Madison Hallman, Bethany Beach; and “Taking the Plunge,” Renée Rockland, Rehoboth Beach.

Other stories selected for the collection are “Big Wind and Big Water,” Tony Houck, Harrisonburg, Va.; “DALD Day,” David Strauss, Bel Air, Md.; “Dear Alice,” June Flavin, Wilmington; “Ethereal,” Steve Saulsbury, Centreville, Md.; “Fall Ball,” Doretta Warnock, Frankford; “Fourth of July Fundango,” Doug Harrell, Wilmington; “Home for the Hallow Days,” Terri Clifton, Milford; “It Was a Good Day to Fly a Kite,” Michael Morley, Grove City, Pa.; “Mummers in the Time of Y2K,” Nina Phillips, Wilmington; “Power of Three,” Mary Ann Hillier, Raleigh, N.C.; “Summer Valentine's Day,” David Cooper, East Petersburg, Pa.; “The Bench,” Krystina Schuler, Middletown; “The Best Worst Holiday Ever,” Jeanie Blair, Newark; “The Cottage on Washington St.,” Denise Stout, Bel Air; “The Eternal Ocean,” Eric Compton, Bethany Beach; “The Hannukah Bush of Rehoboth,” Mady Segal, College Park, Md.; “The Legend of the Waxing Moon,” Linda Chambers, Baltimore; and “Tidings Of Comfort and…Lizards?!,” Susan Walsh, Clearwater, Fla.

The annual Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest invites writers to submit stories of 500-3,500 words that feature Rehoboth Beach and fit that year’s theme. The theme for 2022 was Beach Holidays. Judges for the 2022 contest were Jackson Coppley, Lois Hoffman, Dennis Lawson, Mary Pauer, Dylan Roche and Candace Vessella.

Cat & Mouse Press was established to produce books and other materials that are fun, entertaining, and of particular interest to residents of and visitors to the Delmarva region. The company publishes a free weekly newspaper for writers, Writing is a Shore Thing, at For more information, go to and or its Facebook page.

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