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Variety of entries hightlight of Selected Shorts competition

The Selected Shorts writing competition came to a close last week, giving the selection committee time to select a winner. The winner of the competition will be announced at the show at the Rozsa Centre Saturday evening. The winning short story will also be read live by one of the Selected Shorts members.

“There were 36 entries, and all of them will be displayed in the Rozsa lobby before the performance for people to read, said Rozsa Center programming director Mary Jennings. “The winning story will be read aloud by Kristen Vangsness at the top of the second act of the show.”

Members of the selection committee, which consisted of Jennings, Portage Lake Distract Library Community Director Mike Stantitis, and Laura Fiss were excited at the number and variety of entries.

“We had some fiction, some nonfiction, one poem,” said Stantitis. “We got a good spread … overall, we were thrilled that we had so many to pick from.”

The competition was open to anyone but locals had the advantage of being able to attend two workshops at the PLDL.

“The person who won, I spoke with a number of times because she came three hours to attend the workshops,” said Stantitis. “Mary threw me a bone and let me call her.”

While only one story will be recorded at the show, all 36 entries will be posted in the Rozsa Centre lobby prior to the show. Showing the entries not only honors the contestants, it also gives the community a chance to engage with more of the submissions than just the winner.

“People no longer want to just buy a ticket and sit in an audience,” said Rozsa Center marketing director Bethany Jones. “They want something that’s more interactive.”

Selected Shorts is a podcast featuring actors performing dramatic readings of printed short stories. While a number of actors have participated, Saturday’s live performance at the Rozsa will feature Mike Doyle, Boyd Gaines, and Kirsten Vangsness.

Selected Shorts will be performing at the Rozsa Center on MTU’s campus on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, visit the Central Ticket Office in the MTU Student Development Complex, call (906) 487-2073, or visit the Rozsa Center Box Office up to two hours before showtime.

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