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...
12th Grade, California
Third Place — Syla’s palms were sweaty as she stared at the birch door and golden handle. Regardless of how she used the...
11th grade, New Jersey
First Place — The ground is perpetually damp, the buildings creak, and the sun seems more like a hole forced into the sky...
The Thing in the WallIfe Olatona
17 years old
Washington D.C./Olun, Nigeria
Second Place — If we whispered the name of a dead person, it winked like a friend. If we suppressed our fright and kept quiet...