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Fort Macleod residents have stories to tell

Fort Macleod residents have their share of stories to tell about family, and they’re not afraid to share them.
Project Read’s first short story contest attracted 112 entries based on the theme “Family.”
“That’s great,” Project Read co-ordinator Trish Hoskin said Friday. “I can’t even believe it.”
Project Read is offering prizes of $250 worth of books in four age categories with memberships to the Fort Macleod RCMP Centennial Library for 12 runners-up.
The response to the call for entries in the inaugural short story-writing contest exceeded Hoskin’s expectations.
“As far as I’m concerned that’s a huge success,” Hoskin said.
Hoskin developed the contest to promote Family Literacy Day in January.
People were invited to submit 500-word short stories related to the theme family by the Feb. 16 deadline.
The categories are six to nine years of age, 10-12 years, 13-17 years and adult.
The winners in the youth categories each receive $250 worth of books from Scholastic Books. The adult winners get a $250 gift certificate for Chapters.
The winning entries will be published in the Wednesday, March 2 edition of The Macleod Gazette.
There will be public readings of the winning entries Saturday, March 5 at 11 a.m. at Macleod Pioneer Lodge and at 1 p.m. at the library.
The submissions were judged by an independent panel of volunteer judges from the community, who did not know the identity of the writers.

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