More than 30 St. Louis Park High School students in grades 9-12 submitted original stories to a contest sponsored last fall by St. Louis Park based Verona Publishing; now the top 10 contest winners have officially become published authors. The title of the anthology is The Lantern of Truth, which is also the title of the first-place winning story by St. Louis Park High School student Claire Tollefsrud. Other stories featured in the collection include "Lucky Find" by Maggie Lingner, "Dear Mama" by Ryan McCanna and "Wood Wanderers", written by Rachel Tollefsrud, Claire's sister.
Over the next two weekends, several of the young authors will be participating in local book signings. On Saturday, May 3, they will be at Park Tavern from 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. and on Saturday, May 10, they will sign copies of the book at the St. Louis Park Library from 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
The St. Louis Park High School short story contest received sponsorship assistance from a variety of local businesses and organizations including Luther Automotive Group, Park Tavern, Fiat of Minneapolis, St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts, Children First and Park Theatre Company. Jerry Wilson, president of Verona Publishing, also cited the contributions of Hennepin County librarians who served as judges for the contest and Dr. Susan Bloom, whom Wilson says helped with editing and "put hundreds of hours into this project and improved every story that she touched."
Copies of The Lantern of Truth will be available at the book signings, and are also available through veronapublishing.com and at Amazon.
According to Wilson, plans are in the works for another short story contest for students this fall. Check the Verona Publishing website for details and more information.