The winners of Anoka County Library’s third annual Teen Write On! short story contest have been announced. The announcement of the winners was made Saturday, May 19, during a celebration at the Rum River Library, 4201 6th Ave. NW, Anoka, where attendees included parents, friends, and teens who had submitted their creative short stories to the contest.
Teens could submit their short stories online throughout April. Three prize-winning stories were selected from each of the following categories: grades 6-8, grades 9-10, and grades 11-12. The nine winning authors received a gift certificate and promotions of their story on the Anoka County Library website starting June 1, to help kick off the library’s 2018 Summer Library Experience.
This year, the library saw more than 50 submissions by teens across the county, with stories ranging from historical fiction to contemporary ruminations on social issues to stories featuring mythical creatures and different planets.
The 2018 winners were: Lydia Klersy (“The Death Rat”), Jillian Tenney (“9-1-1”), and Conor Jolly (“Remember the Stars”) for grades 6-8. Grades 9-10 winners were Hailey Shager (“Healthy”), Anne Salmi (“Despite the Cloudless Day”), and Grace Yemma-Tschumper (“Tabby Tiger”). Finally, winners in grades 11-12 were Katie Mikesell (“Terror Reigns”), Jessica Jarosz (“Speak”), and Sara Schluender (“The Price of Perfection”).
“I was impressed by the creativity of the writers; from story to story the genres constantly shifted,” a Teen Write On! judge said. “I never knew where the next story was going to lead, and that made reading them exciting – great job everyone!”
Anoka County Library Director Maggie Snow added, “The Write On! contest is a fantastic way to show how libraries transform by allowing young people to share their talent with the community.”
Friends of the Anoka County Library sponsor the Teen Write On! contest.