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
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...
The PumpkinLamar Mitchell
9th grade, Illinois
Third Place — It was a dark and stormy October night in the beautiful state of Wyoming and Farmer Tim was about to go to bed...
Floor MeditationsDominique de Castro, 11th Grade, New York
First Place — Dust clouds hung in the air. Sun rays wove between each particle in an intricate lattice, covering the study...