Each December marks a celebrated tradition here at SLWG, when the winners of our Young Writers contest, held each year in August-October, are invited to read their entries at our December meeting, followed by a Guild potluck of tasty sweets. This year also featured an open mic where Guild members read their work.
As a refresher on the contest’s rules (full details on our website), the writers in two grade divisions (4th-5th, and 6th-8th) must write a short story-- no fewer than 250 words, no longer than 500 words-- beginning with a prompt provided by the Guild. This year’s prompt was “The book had no words…”.
In the 4th and 5th grade division, the event recognized the following winners:
· Honorable mentions were given to “Spellbound” by Gavin Daengsurisi, “The Grayish Splinter (A Horror Story)” by Madeleine Meyers, and “The Book of an Other” by Courtney Wu.
· The third-place winner was “The Disappearance” by Liane Dunlap.
· The second-place winner was “The Secret” by Zoe Schnadower.
· The first-place prize in this division was awarded for “The Big Secret” by Olivia Johnson.
In the 6th-8th grade division, the event recognized the following winners:
· Honorable mentions were given to “Silent Eyes” by Keira Makalintal, “The Book of Secrets” by Emma Shuler, and “An Eerie Silence” by Shruti Panda.
· The third-place winner was “A Final Breath” by Jarom Robeck.
· The second-place winner was “The Diary” by Elizabeth Kadyk.
· The first-place prize in this division was awarded for “A Hollow Victory” by Jarom Robeck.
Contest participants were allowed to submit up to two short stories, and all entries were judged blindly by St. Louis Writers Guild board members. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners, and especially to Jarom Robeck for his outstanding accomplishment of having two winning entries. We look forward to next year’s contest!