Cat & Mouse Press has announced the winning stories for the 2017 Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest.

The stories will be published as an anthology titled “Beach Life.” The annual contest, sponsored by Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach, invited writers to submit short “beach reads” that fit the year’s theme. Entries were judged on creativity, quality of writing, suitability as a beach read and fit with the theme. The first-place winner received $500. Second place received $250, third-place received $100, and the top stories will be published in book form. A panel of six judges — Stephanie Fowler, Barbara Lockhart, Laurel Marshfield, Mary Pauer, William Peak and Judith Reveal — selected the winning stories.

The winning stories, authors and authors’ locations are:

— “Some Girls,” Michael Sprouse, Lewes, first place.

— “Not in My World,” Kathleen Martens, Rehoboth Beach, second place.

— “The Stranger and the Horseshoe,” Alex Hannah, Washington, D.C., third place.

— “The Bomber Jacket,” Jackson Coppley, Rehoboth Beach and Chevy Chase, Maryland, third place.

— “Lefty and the Empty Bucket of Fries,” Tony Houck, Fredericksburg, Virginia, judge's award.

— “Rearrangements,” Marie Lathers, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, judge's award.

— “Ralphie to the Rescue,” Carl Schiessl, Windsor Locks, Connecticut, judge's award.

— “The Bench,” Jenny Scott, Greenwood, judge's award.

— “The Nereid's Wedding,” Elizabeth Michaelson Monaghan, New York City, judge's award.

— “The Swimsuit Issue,’ Chris Jacobsen, Rose Valley, Pennsylvania, judge's award.

— “A Day in the Life,” David Strauss, Bel Air, Maryland.

— “A Beautifully Disturbing Day at the Beach,” John Edmonds, Rehoboth Beach.

— “And the Sea Hath Spoken,” Darryl Forrest, Fairfax, Virginia.

— “Bottleneck at Hole 14,” Renay Regardie, Key West, Florida; and Washington, D.C.

— “Hole in One,” Amanda Linehan, Frederick, Maryland.

— “Life Starts on Tiptoes,” Lonn Braender, Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania.

— “Secrets,” Amber Tamosaitis, Delmar.

— “The Boy on the Bike,” Susan Miller, Arlington, Virginia.

— “The Fog, Linda Chambers,” Baltimore, Maryland.

— “We Found Buried Pirate Treasure,” Doug Harrell, Wilmington.

— “The Mime's Niece,” Emily Zasada, Fairfax, Virginia.

— “The Shot Shared Round the World,” Joy Givens, Pittsburgh.

— “The Sweet Truth,” Jeanie P. Blair, Newark.

— “The Understudy,” Theresa Kuenzer, Pennsburg, Pennsylvania.

— “Too Many Hemmingways,” Joe Crossen, Dover.

Next year’s Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest will open March 1, 2018. Contest information is posted at and updates are provided at