Falling into the Culture of In-BetweenSerena Young
11th Grade | Orlando, FL
First Place — Being Asian never really bothered me, until the 2nd grade. From the crayon box, sharp and unused, I picked out a peach color
12th Grade | Castle Rock, CO
Second Place — Lydia had noticed that her bruises were shaped in the form of butterflies. When her husband beat her, they flew...
The Story of the Skipping StoneElla Mask
12th Grade | Alpine, UT
Third Place — In a town along the ocean, full of people as beaten and weary as its shore, is a girl born from the sea
San and BertJessica Wang
12th Grade, New York
First Place — San lived in a strawberry. It was a large strawberry, plump with a spongy outer skin and as grand as a boulder
All the ButtonsEleanor Bolas
9th Grade, New York
Second Place — The doorbell trills, ding-ding-ding, and then the door is open and Dee is pulling me inside her apartment.
Public Park TherapyRachel Samantha Rose
Freshman, University of Vermont
Third Place — After a full minute of laughing and wheezing James blurts, “She didn’t even get the slur right
An Excerpt from Brad Kessler's NorthBrad Kessler
We’re pleased to share an excerpt of Brad Kessler’s latest novel, North, in anticipation of his conversation...
An Excerpt from Myriam J. A. Chancy's What Storm, What ThunderMyriam J. A. Chancy
Fiction has the power to help us understand one another. As readers, we may take comfort in storytelling that reflects our own experiences...
As They Imagine Us on Summer NightsKylan Tatum
12th Grade, New Jersey
First Place — It had the makings of a quiet summer. We strapped pink wings to our shoulders and dove headfirst into blue...
A Letter to MamaCiara Balanzá
11th Grade, New York
Second Place — Dear Mama, I find it difficult to keep track of the days without my regular routine. I no longer feed pigeons...