Publication of the Best of the William Saroyan Writing Contest

Announcement: A limited number of copies of the book are available at $20 including tax.  To order call 559-221-1441 for availability and delivery costs.

William Saroyan Society
On September 24, the William Saroyan Society announced the publication of selected stories from the winning stories during the 26 years of the William Saroyan Story Writing Contest for students in grades 1 thorough college.  The hardbound book entitled The Best of the Best; 26 years of winning stories from the William Saroyan writing contests was presented to the 23 winning students and their schools.  Shown receiving their books from Superintendent Larry Powell (left) and County Librarian Karen Bosch Cobb & John Kallenberg (right) are Michele (Ediger) Bowling, Juan Rangel, Gabriela Pauli, and John Halajian.

The contest began in 1982 and the stories were selected from the first place winners in each category for each of the 26 years to 2008.  This publication was commissioned during the centennial celebration of the birth of Mr. Saroyan.  19 schools from the San Joaquin Valley were represented in the winning stories.