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(Press Release provided by Stormcloud Brewing Company)

FRANKFORT: For the second year in a row, Stormcloud Brewing Company is hosting a creative story-writing contest to celebrate the annual release of the Benzie County brewery’s “Gerald’s Talking Dog,” a Belgian Rye Dubbel fermented with a blend of Michigan-grown sweet and sour cherries.
All contest entries will be read by a panel of judges that includes Jeff Smith, Editor of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine and, Lynda Twardowski Wheatley, creative copywriter and author of more than a dozen books and 350+ articles for various newspapers, magazines and websites, and Jordan Bates, co-owner and editor of The Betsie Current. The top three stories will be presented at a public reading in Stormcloud’s pub in downtown Frankfort on Saturday, December 12 at 7:30pm.
Contest Details: Each story submission should be a creative undertaking, meant to captivate and entertain, beginning with the following title and first line.
    Title: Gerald’s Talking Dog
    First line: “Gerald’s Talking Dog loves cherries. That’s all he talks about…”
Then it is up to the writer to spin the rest of the tale in 500 words or less.
Contest Submissions: All story submissions are due by noon on Friday, December 4. Email submissions to Printed submissions may be dropped off at Stormcloud’s pub at 303 Main Street. Each submission must include the entrant’s name, email address, telephone number, and age. Only one submission of 500 words or less is allowed per person. There is no fee to enter the writing contest. Authors are encouraged to attend the public reading on December 12 but do not need to be present to win.
Contest Prizes:
1st Place Prizes: 1-Year Cloudspotter Membership, $50 Stormcloud Gift Card, Stormcloud Growler and fill.
2nd Place Prizes: $25 Stormcloud Gift Card, Stormcloud Growler and fill.
3rd Place Prize: $15 Stormcloud Gift Card.
Story contest information is available online at

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