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Booth wins in writing contest

The Brainerd Writers' Alliance has announced that local writer Roy C. Booth has been named a winner in two of the blind-judged writing divisions in its sixth annual Writing Contest.

His stylized tongue-in-cheek poem, "This Poem is But a Villanelle," took first-place honors for poetry, while his short story, "The Loyal Sailor and the Titan," an excerpt from his upcoming contracted fantasy novel, "Privateer: The Maiden Voyage," took second place in the short story category.

Booth will be honored by the BWA for his efforts at an awards ceremony at his alma mater, Central Lakes College, on Saturday, Oct. 10.

Booth has also announced that another short story, "Sabine Baring-Gould and the Werewolf," has received the cover spot for horror literary magazine Necrotic Tissue's eighth issue, which will be released Oct. 4, and that his poem "The Long Man Cometh" was recently bought to be published by Shroud Publishing in their upcoming "The Terror of Miskatonic Falls" anthology set to be released early next year.

Booth also reached a personal milestone of 630 known play productions of his work as a playwright as the direct result of his participation in last Saturday's "Out of the Hat" performances at the Chief Theatre. He currently has 47 plays published and his work has been produced by amateurs and professionals alike in 25 different countries.

His first published play, the award-winning "Beanie and the Bamboozling Book Machine," a collaboration with Bob May and Cris Tibbets from Samuel French, celebrates its 20th anniversary this month.

Booth, a Bemidji native and a Bemidji State University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/speech-theatre and a Master of Arts degree in English, is the owner of Roy's Comics & Games in downtown Bemidji.