Seven writers took to the podium at this year’s Yorkton Story Slam.
When the judge’s scores had been tallied, only 7.5 points separated the top story from the bottom, at the fourth annual writer’s event held at the Yorkton Public Library Wednesday evening.
Topping the event was Ryan Martin with a story entitled ‘Beaucoup de Stress’.
Martin said the win came as a surprise, especially considering he decided to enter at the very last minute.
“It’s incredible. I entered really late. I didn’t finish editing the story until midnight last night (Tuesday),” he said, adding it was something of a spur-of-the-moment idea to enter.
The story was also a bit of a change for Martin as a writer. While he noted “I’ve been writing since I was 11,” the story he read at Story Slam was his first foray into writing humour.
“I write so many different things,” he said, adding “I do enjoy writing about my life.” But doing a story with a comedic theme was new.
While humour can be tricky to get just right in written form, Martin said his first effort in the vein just went from mind to page with relative ease.
“This one was not a challenge. It just kind of flowed,” he said.
The winning story 'Beaucoup de Stess can be seen here.
Ross Green, with his story ‘A Loonie for your Thoughts’ was second at the Parkland Writers Alliance/Yorkton Arts Council sponsored event.