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First-prize winners of the Young Writers Competition 2017:

High School Fiction, Owen Knight (“Cuban/Smoked), Forest Charter
He points to the smokey, crumpled mess of a Cuban in his mouth, chewed till it was flat, like a clarinet’s filament. You’d think he was playing it too, when he blew and the end turned orange. He coughed after doing this, though. An old man’s cough, raspy and water-logged, though not so much water as it was blood from the crispy membranes of his lung. 
High School Poetry, Anjali Figueria (“Fluffiness“), Forest Charter
Once you strip him of those walls,
 He is bare, his raw, and he is sadly impure.
Once you strip him of those walls,
 He is bare, his raw, and he is sadly impure.

Middle School Fiction, Natalie Trogdon (“Kelly Fredericks“), Home School
Mom is going to kill me when she hears about this. I can already predict our conversation:
Mom: Kelly, I got a call from the principal. I’m very disappointed in you for stealing a kid’s lunch money.
A girl of your age should know better!

Middle School Nonfiction, Rachel Trogdon (“Searching for Home“), Home School
But that night, lying on a mattress on the floor of my room, I cried myself to sleep.
Because even though I had only been here a few hours, I was already lonely.
I knew it would take time to make new friends, and I knew my old friendships would never be the same.

Middle School Poetry, Mary Rose Athas “Valentine“), Home School.
Carrying box
Putting it
Under pillow

Dreamy eyes
Distracted replies
Distant thoughts

                “Who sent?”

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This season, Sierra Writers is sponsoring the Competition for both Middle School and High School students. These competitions are open to students in Nevada County with exceptions for those from adjacent counties provided an adult member of Sierra Writers forwards details regarding such a student to sierrawriters@gmail.com. The details of each program are linked here – High School Competition and Middle School Competition.

Both competitions have three categories, Fiction, Non-fiction, and Poetry, and have three prizes in each category. Students may enter in all three categories but may only submit one entry per category. Submissions will be due March 1, 2017; the winners will be announced no later than May 1. PRIZES will be awarded in each category, and winners will be invited to read their winning submissions at the May 10th meeting.

Winning submissions will also be published in our Newsletter over the following year and by submitting, you are giving Sierra Writers the right to do this without any restriction on your right to publish your work anywhere else.

All interested are invited to fill in the Contact Form below and to attend a Workshop for Tween and Teen Writers at the Sierra Writers Conference on January 21.

kim-culbertonFree writing workshop with author Kim Culbertson during the Sierra Writer’s Conference on January 21st at Sierra College in Grass Valley.
Bring pen and paper or your laptop and join Kim for some writing prompts and writing tips.
She’ll even help you develop a short entry to submit for the Sierra Writer’s Young Writers Competition. Join Kim from 2.15 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. in the room N8-112.
Hope to see you there!

If interested, please fill in the contact form and specify in the Comment section whether High School or Middle School and the categories in which you will submit your writing. Your submission(s) by March 1, 2017 to sierrawriters@gmail.com will complete your application to this competition!