Oliver Gold wins short story contest

Tambara Garrick, LahainaTown Action Committee board treasurer (from left); Oliver Gold (aka William “Billy” Sayles), 2019 and 2017 Short Story Contest winner; Elaine Gallant, 2016 Short Story Contest winner; and Sne Patel, LahainaTown Action Committee board president, are shown at the awards ceremony. -- Lahaina Arts Society photo

Oliver Gold has won the sixth annual Lahaina Short Story Writers Contest for his short story “Magic Moments Hotel.”

Gold took home the first prize of $150.

Second prize, a $100 gift certificate, went to Everett Peacock for his story “Drum Party.” Third prize, a $50 gift certificate, was awarded to JoAnn Carroll for her story “Irene.”

Contest winners were announced on July 12 during Lahaina’s Second Friday “Supporting Creative Arts” event sponsored by the LahainaTown Action Committee and the the county Office of Economic Development.

The Maui Short Story Competition is designed to encourage previously unpublished writers to explore writing about Maui from a unique perspective.

The competition is open genre with writers encouraged to explore Maui life, heritage, culture, land and the ocean through their short stories.

The contest will begin another cycle in February for the seventh annual event. Submission information can be found at www.visitlahaina.com.

The winning stories can be read at the Lahaina Visitor Center at the Old Lahaina Courthouse.