Biking HomeCatherine Elison | 12th Grade
Santa Barbara, CA & Kanagawa, Japan
First Place — One evening, a teenage girl was biking home on the streets of Tokyo. The sun had gone down an hour earlier
Remnants of My HomelandCaroline Zhang
11th Grade | Woodbury, MN
Second Place — They made their way across the ocean, concrete in the spray of the sea mist. They met their new lives as foreigners...
11th Grade | Lincolnshire, IL
Third Place — “Hey, Ariana, what’s this?” James Gilbert-Kelley—Ariana Zhou’s boyfriend—asks...
A Raised EyebrowDonnal Marfo
10th Grade | Brooklyn, NY
Honorable Mention — i remember this time when i was a little smaller than 10, going out shopping, and getting tired as nine...
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