Sierra Writers

Writers helping each other

Category: Young Writers

Celebration of Teen and Tween Writers

2017 winners web
We warmly invite all participants in the competition and supporters of young writers to this event!
Wednesday,  May 10th
6.30 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Community Room of the Madelyn Helling Library.
Kim Culbertson has graciously agreed to make the presentations; she will also address both the writers and others present.

First-prize winners of the Young Writers Competition:

These winners will read their winning pieces.
High School Fiction, Owen Knight (“Cuban/Smoked”), Forest Charter
High School Poetry, Anjali Figueria (“Fluffiness”), Forest Charter
Middle School Fiction, Natalie Trogdon (“Kelly Fredericks”), Home School
Middle School Nonfiction, Rachel Trogdon (“Searching for home”), Home School
Middle School Poetry, Mary Rose Athas “Valentine”), Home School.
Second and third place prizes will also be awarded.

Young Writers Competition Registration Opens


Open the full PDF file to print


Screen Shot 2015-11-12 at 5.45.57 AM






May Meeting – Winners of 2013 Young Writers’ Contest

Winners to be announced – Sierra Writers

2013 Young Writers’ Contest

Winners of 2012 Young Writers' Contest

Winners of 2012 Young Writers’ Contest

Join us in honoring student writers of Nevada County schools at a special ceremony, to be held Wednesday, May 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room in Nevada City.  Among the prizes to be awarded, the first place winner will receive $300, second place $200, and third place $100.

In addition, students’ winning manuscripts will be posted on, included in the Wildwood Literary Review, and announced in the Parent’s Resource Guide.

For over ten years, Sierra Writers has encouraged young writers in our community by giving them an opportunity to enter the Young Writers’ Contest and earn one of the three highly-coveted Lee Roddy Awards.  Local author Roddy is the author of more than 50 novels written for children and young adults, and the awards honors Roddy’s contributions to writing in our community.

Sierra Writers provides a venue for writers of all types to meet, share, and learn, and offers writers a wide range of experience and support. Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month except July and August, including two “Open Reads” per year where anyone can submit a few pages anonymously to be read aloud and critiqued constructively. Meetings are open to the public. More information can be found at


Winners of the 2012 Young Writers’ Contest

We are pleased to announce the results of the 2012 Young Writers Contest, sponsored by Sierra Writers.

First Place – Andrew Leonard, “Victory or Death”
Second Place – Joslyn Fillman, “In this Place”
Third Place – Shelby Reed, “Untold Memories”

Three Honorable Mentions will also be awarded (in no particular order):

Taylor Dutrow“The Author”
Nicole Pastore“A Shattered Night”
Emily Anne Price“The Fall”

We invite you, your family, teachers, and friends to join Sierra Writers at the May meeting, Wednesday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m., where the winning entries will be read by the authors.  These entries will also be included in the Lake Wildwood Literary Review, published by Mike Lambert.  We are proud of all the students who trusted us with their words and stories.

Thanks to everyone who made our contest a success!

© 2017 Sierra Writers

%d bloggers like this: