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Elliot Hales, 17, of Salida was the runner-up in the 2021 Kent Haruf Memorial Writing Competition. They were awarded $500 for their short story entitled “This is What Lovers Do.”

Hales has been writing since seventh grade and considers themselves to be a realistic fiction writer. One of Hales’ favorite books is “Carry On” by Rainbow Rowell. Hale will be a senior at Salida High School in the Fall and hopes to study creative writing in college.

The overall winner was Isabella Warholoski, a senior from Buena Vista High School who submitted a short story called “Train Wreck.”

The scholarship is sponsored by Cathy Haruf and the Salida Council for the Arts and honors the memory of the late Kent Haruf, who was a Salida resident and best-selling author of “The Tie That Binds”, “Where You Once Belonged”, “Plainsong”, “Eventide”, and “Benediction”. His final novel, “Our Souls at Night” was later produced as a movie starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda.