Teen Creative Writing Contest Wrap-up
In this inaugural contest, there were 36 entrants & 73 entries, with submissions from all over the county! On Saturday, 4/23, over 50 people gathered in the Teen Space at the Headquarters Library in Gainesville to honor creative writing accomplishments by teens. Among those in attendance were our judges, two nationally known, local writers: Lola Haskins, judge for the poetry portion, and Lauren Groff, judge of short story fiction. The judges praised the teens for the caliber of their work, the courage to submit, and encouraged them to keep writing. Certificates were given to all who participated in the contest. After the places were announced, teens had the opportunity to celebrate with friends and family, speak with the judges, and enjoy delicious baked goods, compliments of Vine Bread and Pasta.
Winners are being awarded by having their writings bound collectively by the Library District, with copies added to its’ permanent collection at each of our 12 branches. In addition, those who placed will also receive their own copy of the bound anthology as a prize!
2016 Teen Creative Writing Contest Winners:
Short Story Fiction
1. Adrienne Foreman--"Milly of the Mountain"
2. Hannah Mitchell--"Trazani"
3. Max Munoz--"Life of an Armenian Genocide Survivor"
1. Eli Golde--"Survivor 21"
2. Tracy Robinson--"The White Spruce"
3. Eriana Harrison--"Run"
1. Jordan Williams --“Turning Blue”
2. Elizabeth Russell--“For An Old Friend”
3. Hannah Mitchell--“Pool Days”
1. Kaitlin Beth Applegate--“To View to See”
2. Adam Collins--“My Only Friend”
3. Sara O'Sullivan--“A Knock at the Door”
Teens, consider submitting next year!
Check out photos from the reception: