Sierra Writers will celebrate the winners of its 11th Annual short story contest for young writers on Wednesday, May 11. First prize is $150; second prize, $125 and third prize, $100. Honorable mentions take home cash, too. The annual contest is open to all teens aged 15-19 years old that either reside or attend school in Nevada County.

Here are the five finalists, their ages, and the titles of their stories:
John Alkire, 15, “Arnold the Angry Aardvark”; Alison Dowd, 18, “Army Greens”; Kali Hard-wick, 17, “Mother”; Monica Marsh, 18, “Was It Worth It”; Timothy Martinez, 15, “Legacy”

Congratulate these emerging writers at this free event, where the winners are asked to read their stories aloud.

Past winning stories have included topics that young people care about, including social issues and world events. The writing tone also has varied: dark, hopeful, humorous, sweet, irreverent, off-beat, controversial. This year’s finalist stories include various views of the world: one through ani-mal eyes; one from a military family; one from a loving daughter amidst a storm passing; one per-spective from the womb; and one from a projected reality in the future.

Sierra Writers takes pride in sponsoring this contest as a way to encourage Nevada County youth.
Friends and families of young authors, come to the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room May 11. Anyone who wants to see young local writers receiving some special attention should attend. It starts 6:30 PM.