To celebrate vanagon.com's one-year anniversary, we asked folks to write us a story featuring a VW bus. The story could be fictional, non-fiction, or somewhere in between. Winners were awarded prizes donated by a large number of corporate sponsors.
We received 50 stories. A couple were disqualified for being too long, while a few others had nothing to do with VW busses at all. The remaining 44 stories were sent to the panel of five judges. Each judge rated the story on a scale of 0.0 to 10.0. The results from each judge were then averaged, and the stories were ranked based on the average score.
Only one judge gave out a perfect 10.0 score, and that was to the story Maintenance, our Grand Prize winner.
Here are the winning stories, as well as some honorable mentions. All stories are listed in order of their score by the panel of judges:
Many thanks to our sponsors:
Grand Prize Joe Clark, Maintenance First Prize Bob Aldrich, Crossroads Second Prize Sharon Goodwin, 'Monty' Third Prize Ken Wilford, The Fifth Van Runners up: Emily Hanlon, I'm Not From Around Here Ken Wilford, Maggie Chris Wyatt, Syncro Gulkana Ice-Breaking Hans Eisenbeis, Coolant Björn Ratjen, Dogs and the Art of Volkswagen Maintenance Honorable mentions: Charlie Ford, The Gift of a Dream Larry V. Brown, Das Bus Dyer Lytle, San Juan Barndoor Larry Carter, A Winter Trip Brian Strange, Turkey in "Divan" John R. Murray, The Dream Van William Dummitt, The Frame Juli Martin, Everybody Needs a Vanagon
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