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Teen Short Story Writing Contest Winners!

teen writing contest

August 28, 2020

This summer, teens from throughout Marathon County participated in "Write Your Story," the 2020 Teen Short Story Writing Contest. We received some extraordinary pieces and have been impressed with the talent and creativity we've seen!  

After careful reading, evaluation and discussion, the judges have made their final decisions, and it's time to announce the winners!

For the 12-14-year-old age group, the winners are:

3rd place: (tie)

    "The Day I Lost Everything" by Whitley JohnsonWhitley Johnson teen short story contest winner

    "The One-Horned Buck" by Jackson Nechuta

2nd place:

    "The House on Maple Street" by Avery Kessen

1st place:

    "The Dream Dragons" by Mary Bolinger "The Dream Dragons" author Mary Bolinger


For the 15-18-year-old age group, the winners are:

3rd place:

    "Change: What Must We Do to Receive It" by Carl Knaack"Change: What Must We Do to Receive It" author Carl Knaack

2nd place:

    "Flicker Flicker" by J.L.R.

1st place:

    ​"Rites That End at Midnight" by Sydney Goethel​"Rites That End at Midnight" author Sydney Goethel​

As promised, we're posting the winning stories in each category for the public to read! To read each of the first place stories, click on the PDFs below.

Thank you to all who submitted their work to the 2020 Teen Writing Contest - keep on writing!

Contests Teens Writing