April 15, 2024

Highschool pupil Isabella Gutierrez is the winner of the seventh annual Matchbook Story Contest, which asks individuals to write down a brief story that may match inside a matchbook.

Library Basis SD CEO Patrick Stewart introduced the winner on the seventh annual Shorties, San Diego’s shortest and quirkiest awards gala. on Thursday.

Gutierrez’s profitable story was chosen from 537 complete entries – essentially the most the competition has obtained so far – by the six earlier winners of the Matchbook Story Contest.

Right here’s the Shortie by Gutierrez: “I wrote my final be aware to her on the again of a Starburst wrapper. I even drew a coronary heart subsequent to my identify. Years later she informed me she had it pinned to her wall all by means of highschool, till the intense pink had pale and the phrases misplaced their which means.”

The Shorties featured a dramatic studying of the highest 10 finalists’ tales by Write Out Loud, a bunch of performers who gives readings of literature. Kurt Winbigler, Ravinder Sangha, Roxana Rad, Rebecca Pollard, Diana Manley, Judith Leggett, Anna Hallett, Timothy Calaway, Claire Hsu Accomando had been the opposite finalists.

There was additionally a dramatic mimed reinterpretation of the 2022 profitable story, penned by Cindy Chen.

Gutierrez additionally obtained a $50 Library Store present card and may have her piece printed on 2,000 limited-edition matchbooks to be bought on the Library Store in January.

The Matchbook Story Contest this yr raised greater than $7,000 for Library Basis SD, a corporation devoted to supporting the San Diego Public Library by means of philanthropy, advocacy and outreach.

Funds had been triple-matched by Library Basis SD trustee Judith Wenker for the second consecutive yr.