Grades 11-12

Submissions from youth in grades 11-12 demonstrated creativity and skill. Six stories were selected for the final round in this grade category. First place went to Fen Hendren’s “The Many Sounds of Words,” a story about a person in a language-less society who finds their voice. Second place went to the creative and memorable story about trauma manifesting itself as literal monsters in “The Monster Under the Bed” by Sophia Acord. Third place went to “Angel of Death” by Kathryn Downs, a fast-paced and horrifying tale of a battle to the death in a dystopian arena.

The honorable mentions include a sci-fi action piece called “Awakening” by Valomi Lewis, the gorgeously descriptive “Painted Leaves” by Megan Nguyen, and The Eternal Party” by Lizzie Elsenpeter, a chilling, twisty mystery.


Anoka County Library Write On! 2023 Short Story Contest Winners Copyright © 2023 by Avrie Siedschlag; Ella Howard; Greta Graham; Renad Taher; Rachel Mueller; Daniel Gbati; Julia McBride; Audrey High; Lucia Floan; Rhett LeBeau; Anna Moline; Hannah Jemming; Valomi Lewis; Fen Hendren; Kathryn Downs; Megan Nguyen; Lizzie Elsenpeter; Sophia Accord; and Sophia Acord. All Rights Reserved.

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