“What Do You Fight For?” by Madison Comick

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1st Place “What do you Fight For?” by  Madison Comick, age 15   Alina clutched the paper between her hands. It had the typed question from her supervisor, Iris, but no answer. She’d been staring at the question for a week now- “What do you fight for? What are we […]

“The Kind Cycle” by Ava Slocum

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2nd Place “The Promise” by Ava Slocum, age 15   On the last day of fourth grade, Ally’s teacher gave each of them a blank sheet of paper. “Write your name at the top and pass it to the person to your right. For each paper you get, write something […]

“The Promise” by Julia Fong

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3rd Place “The Promise” by Julia Fong, age 14   I remember the good times, feeling safe in my father’s strong hands, as he lifts me to the sky and back over and over and over again   He is tired now, a little sweaty, as he sits in his […]

“Hermione’s Hogwarts Letter” by Samantha Savage

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Fractured Films Writing Contest 1st place “Hermione’s Hogwarts Letter” by Samantha Savage Age 14 Film inspiration: Harry Potter Around midnight on the night of the ninth of September 1990, Hermione Granger awoke to a crash and the hooting of an owl just outside her front door. She sat up startled as […]

“Ursula’s Backstory” by Siluni Abeywickrama

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Fractured Films Writing Contest 2nd place “Ursula’s Backstory” by Siluni Abeywickrama Age 14 Film inspiration: The Little Mermaid Ursula was beautiful. Her tail sparkling white, and her long wavy hair the deepest black. She was known not only for her beauty, but for her kindness. Every merman in Atlantica wanted to […]

“A New Beginning” by Isaac Rishwain

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Young Readers League 2018 Writing Contest 1st place Category 2 (ages 12-14)   Isaac Rishwain Age 12 (Grade 7), Blair Middle School “A New Beginning”   Gabriel reminiscences about his hometown as he leaves for a new life in the U.S. In a land, promised to bring something magnificent, beyond […]

“Syria to Europe” by Anni Guo

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Young Readers League 2018 Writing Contest 2nd place Category 2 (ages 12-14)   Anni Guo Age 12 (Grade 7), Blair Middle School “Syria to Europe”   Two young refugees seek a safe haven.   “I’m scared. Where’s Mommy?” Nasir asked. “Shh! She’ll be right back.” Fatima, an eleven year old […]

“No Looking Back” by Olivia Barrios

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Young Readers League 2018 Writing Contest 3rd place Category 2 (ages 12-14)   Olivia Barrios Age 12 (Grade 7), Blair Middle School “No Looking Back”   The narrator and her Mami escape to California. I take one last look inside the house, take a deep breath, then close the door […]

“Trapped” by Amber Elias

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Young Readers League 2018 Writing Contest Honorable Mention Category 2 (ages 12-14)   Amber Elias Age 12 (Grade 7), Blair Middle School “Trapped”   I had always thought that there was no other way. That I would stay in this dull, repetitive loop until I died. But something happened that […]

“Who Reads the Waterfall on the Other Side” by Hannah Cahalan

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Young Readers League 2018 Writing Contest Honorable Mention Category 2 (ages 12-14)   Hannah Cahalan Age 12 (Grade 7), Blair Middle School “Who Reads The Waterfall On The Other Side”   The mage stared at the waterfall as it glinted in the sun The water rushing down as it filled […]