Winning Entries from the Young Authors Creative Writing Contest!

I am happy to present the winning entries from our Inaugural Teen Writing Contest.  This writing contest was a collaboration between Beth Kephart and The Spiral Bookcase.

The inspiration:  You wake up one morning and it’s there—something new, something that could change your life.  Maybe it’s an idea.  Maybe it’s a creature.  Maybe it’s a song playing on the radio.  But something big is happening.  Write about this as imaginatively and persuasively as you can.  Your entry can be a poem, a short story, or an essay—whatever gives you greatest range and possibility.

Several area middle schools and high schools participated in this opportunity.  The semi-finalists were able to attend a special workshop, led by Beth Kephart and Elizabeth Mosier.   The winners, chosen by Beth and Elizabeth, presented their entries at Young Writers Take the Park!, and will be published in the upcoming Philadelphia Stories, Jr.

The authors and their works are astounding.  Click on the links to view.  This material should not be re-published or distributed without the permission of each author.  Please respect their creativity.

Entry by Celeste Flahaven, Villa Maria Academy

Prodigy by Maria Dulin, Villa Maria Academy

Goodby by Olivia McCloskey, Villa Maria Academy

Confessions of a Not-So-Only Child by Lauren Harris, T/E Middle School 

Reflection by Dennis O’Leary, T/E Middle School

Nightbird by Calamity Rose Jung-Allen, Penn Alexander






Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Current day month ye@r *