McCullum wins writing contest at Christian Storytelling Cafe

December 12, 2012
  • From left, Alyssa Royster, first-prize winner in the senior high division; Steve McCullum, third-prize winner in the adult division; Patricia McCullum, first-prize winner in the writing contest; and Faith Crumbly, executive director of the Christian Storytelling Caf.
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Patricia McCullum of Hagerstown took first place in the writing contest at the Christian Storytelling Café, which was held Dec. 2 at Contemporary School of the Arts and Gallery on Franklin Street in Hagerstown.

More than 50 writers and storytellers filled the seats at the gallery.

McCullum won the only cash prize awarded for her story, “Dress Dreams,”  and immediately handed the $100 back to Faith Crumbly, executive director, to be put into the treasury of the Christian Storytelling Café.

Award plaques were donated by K&R Engraving, at 17603 Virginia Ave., a new sponsor for the Christian Storytelling Café. 

Another Hagerstown resident, Steve McCullum’s “Time and Time Again”  took third place in the adult division. 

Alyssa Royster of Hagerstown, claimed the first prize plaque in the senior high division for creative writing with her story, “Through God’s Eyes.”

The second prize winner asked with her submission to the contest not to be identified, saying, “I’m a lifelong learner, and I just want to see how my skills are progressing.”

“We hope to have three contests in 2013,” Crumbly said. “One contest for writers, one for artists, and, of course, one for storytellers. But we’ll have to get enough sponsors to make this dream a reality. There is so much creative talent in Hagerstown, and the Christian Storytelling Café provides an outlet for people who are just getting their courage up to do something publicly.”

Beginning Jan. 3, First-Thursday sessions of the Christian Storytelling Café will be held from 6:30 to 7 p.m. at Turtles Sub Shop, 176 N. Burhans Blvd. in Hagerstown.

The second session will convene across town at Port City Java, 1551 Potomac Ave. in Long Meadow Shopping Center on Sunday, Jan. 6, from 2 to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 301-791-6191, send an email to or go to

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