by: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Pamela Still of Lake Oswego received the Judge's Choice Award for her short story in the 2013 Oregon LeadingAge Creative Writing and Poetry Contest. She will be honored at an awards luncheon Feb. 28.Pamela Still of Lake Oswego has been awarded one of three coveted Judge’s Choice Awards in the 2013 Oregon LeadingAge Creative Writing and Poetry Contest.

This is Still’s second annual entry in the contest and second win.

Her entry, “Oklahoma … OK?” obtained a perfect score and won the Judge’s Choice Award. Her story will be printed in the 2013 Reflections book and she will read it during a LeadingAge Creative Writing awards luncheon to be held Feb. 28 at Friendsview Retirement Community in Newberg.

"I write from my life experiences and it's something I like to do," said Still.

"Oklahoma ... OK?" is a short story about learning to adjust to the dramatic thunder and lightning storms and the oppressive humidity she experienced when she, her husband and daughter moved from Oregon to Stillwater, Okla., to attend Oklahoma State University. It is story about bravery and perseverence, written with humor.

Still is a member of the Writers in the Woods writing group at Mary’s Woods, a group of about 15 senior writers who meet weekly to share and critique their writing.

Still also sings with the Mary’s Woods Singers.

Established in 1979, LeadingAge Oregon is the state association of not-for-profit, mission-directed organizations dedicated to providing housing, health, community and related services to the elderly and disabled.

The annual creative writing contest began in 1993. Member residents submit short stories and poems that are read and scored by three judges who are published writers and poets. Entries are scored and the top 40 to 50 entries are published annually in a publication entitled “Reflections: A Collection of Writing and Poetry by Oregon’s Elders.” The winners are honored at a luncheon, held in February, and excerpts of the winning entries are read by the writer or a chosen professional reader.

All entries must be original works, written at the age of 60 or older and previously unpublished. The contest is open to all residents of LeadingAge Oregon member facilities.

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