Winners Announced for the Young People Creative Writing Contest

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Thank you to everyone who entered this year’s Young People’s Creative Writing Contest! We had over 550 entries this year — wow! Below is a full list of winners, and (coming soon!) attached are scanned copies of the winning entries. Winners will be honored in an award ceremony on Friday, May 6, at 7 pm, at the Hardesty Regional Library’s Connor’s Cove Theatre. All are welcome to attend the ceremony and hear author Gordon Korman speak about writing, books, and his life as an author. Congratulations to all the winners!

POETRY 10-12

1st Place “The Disguise”
Brady Dick

2nd Place “My Very Best Friend”
Jonah Childress

3rd Place “Clouds”
Brynlee Smith

POETRY 13-15

1st Place “What did the trail ever do for us? (Estekini)”
Portlyn Houghton-Harjo

2nd Place “Dreams So Big”
Mikayla Kelly

3rd Place “The Ocean Storm”
Nathan Budd

POETRY 16-18

1st Place “It’s Almost Bright At Night”
Amberly Breedlove

2nd Place “My Dancing Willow Tree”
McKenzie Banner

3rd Place “The Guy That Everybody Loves”
Callie Spencer

SHORT STORY 10-12

1st Place “Time of Death”
Jaden Walderich

2nd Place “The 5th Sense Lost”
Bela Fermo

3rd Place “Bad Boys The Little Boys”
Aaron Potter

SHORT STORY 13-15

1st Place “Little Did I Know”
Trinity Johnson

2nd Place “Bald Eagles”
Sara Howard

3rd Place “Clove”
Abigail Bush

SHORT STORY 16-18

1st Place “My Last Georgia Night”
Mary Jackson

2nd Place “The Arrow”
Cyle Famuliner

3rd Place “Overwhelmed”
Keshia Wilson

INFORMAL ESSAY 10-12

1st Place “Why Is School Important?”
Taliyah Runnels

2nd Place “The Power of Words”
Joshua Acree

3rd Place “My Life With Allergies and Asthma”
Brynlee Smith

INFORMAL ESSAY 13-15

1st Place “We Are Overcoming”
Iesha-LaShay Phillips

2nd Place “Polgar Lessons”
Charity Farell

3rd Place “My Life Story”
Michael Dooley

INFORMAL ESSAY 16-18

1st Place “Endless Abyss”
Avery Videll

2nd Place “Writer’s Block”
Bethany Stevenson

3rd Place “West Sprog”
Jeremy Garrison

SHORT PLAY 10-12

1st Place “Sadness”
Andrew Fisher

2nd Place “Birthday Wish”
Joshua Acree

3rd Place “The Witch Trials”
Laurel Martich

SHORT PLAY 13-15

1st Place “Park Tragedy”
Jordan Jankowski

2nd Place “Lesson Learned”
Jordan Brunk

3rd Place “Was It Magic?”
Charity Farell

SHORT PLAY 16-18

1st Place “Comedians’ Wives Club”
Avery Videll

2nd Place “Exit Exam”
Iesha-LaShay Phillips

3rd Place “Senile Celebrity”
Bethany Stevenson

COMIX 10-12

1st Place “Boomer and Buddy”
Makenna Smoliak

2nd Place “The Fat Gum”
Katherine Farell

3rd Place “Pirate Life”
Dallas Campbell

COMIX 13-15

1st Place “Allie the Animal Rescuer”
Jordan Brunk

2nd Place “Quality over Quantity”
Jordan Jankowski

3rd Place “Johnny Appleseed in the Great Depression”
Ava Ernst

COMIX 16-18

1st Place “The Adventures of Intergalactic Space Cat”
Emma Palmer

2nd Place “Immortals”
Avery Videll

3rd Place “The Race”
Carlos Salgado


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