2017 Young Writers’ Contest

We are excited to announce the winners for our third annual Young Writers’ Contest, in conjunction with the 2017 Festival of Books.

First prize winner for Fiction/ Short Story, for his humorous short  story  “The Rebbe of Tyeliv” is Solomon Bergquist, age 15, of Hawthorne Valley School, Ghent, NY.  The first prize winner for Nonfiction/ Essay or Memoir is Hannah Berkel, age 15, Pittsfield High School, Pittsfield, MA,  for her essay, “The Bus.”

In addition, we’d like to congratulate the following winners:

  • Mark Barteck, Second Prize, Nonfiction, Age 16, John Dewey Academy, for his memoir “My Past Life”
  •  Angelina Clark, Third Prize, Nonfiction, Age 16, McCann Technical School,  for her memoir “Age of Change”
  • Kelly Wallace, Second Prize, Fiction, Age 18, Darrow School, for her short story “Nights to Remember”
  • Hannah McArdle, Third Prize, Fiction, Age 15, Berkshire Waldorf School, for her short story  “Alice”

We would also like to thank the English and writing educators who supported their students and encouraged them to enter this year’s contest! Teachers of this year’s winners will receive a writing journal or a copy of “The Writer’s Toolbox” by local author and veteran creative writing workshop leader Jamie Cat Callan.

This year’s contest entries were read and judged in a blind semi-final and finalist process by Jamie Cat Callan, author of numerous essays and works of nonfiction, including “Bonjour Happiness” and “French Women Don’t Sleep Alone,”  David Highfill , executive editor at William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, and Daphne Kalotay, novelist, short story writer and author of “Russian Winter” and “Sight Reading.” Ms. Callan and Mr. Highfill are residents of Columbia County.

First prize winners will be invited to read from their work at the Festival of Books, on Labor Day weekend.  All winners, their teachers and family are invited to attend. For more information, please contact us at gro.y1513526084medac1513526084anwot1513526084recne1513526084ps@yr1513526084ots1513526084.