Sault Ste. Marie: Entering a short story contest for students has paid off for a Grade 12 student at St. Mary’s College. Kelsey Rankin’s entry into a nationwide contest by Polar Expressions Publishing has been selected to be part of a compilation of short stories by students across the country.
Rankin’s entry titled ‘The Dining Table’ remains in the running for a cash prize which will be announced this spring.
“I received an envelope from the publishing company and for about an hour I was too nervous to open it. When I did, it was kind of surreal to see that my story was going to be published. Now that it has sunk in, it’s really, really cool,” said Rankin.
Rankin learned about the contest while taking a university level e-Learning course on creative writing. She included her short story as part of her summation portfolio for the course and decided to modify it a bit to fit the 450 word requirement for the contest.
“This type of contest is ideal for the students enrolled in Creative Writing, as they are looking to refine their writing. This is an opportunity for them to get feedback from an outside source,” said St. Mary’s College English teacher, Carlee Rosso.
‘The Dining Table’ is the story of a widow talking about her husband and how significant sitting at the dining room table was for their relationship and how she misses those moments. Rankin said she got the idea when she heard the song ‘The Dining Table’ by Harry Styles while sitting at her own dining room table with her mother.
Rankin, who developed an interest in writing while at Holy Cross Elementary School, said once she had the idea it took only about an hour to write the short story. She says she isn’t sure about making writing a career but that she will continue to write.