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Pages by Madeleine James, Winner of High School Write-Ahead Poetry

Our final winner from the 2nd Annual TBAWP Youth Writers Conference comes from the High School Write-Ahead Poetry Contest where participants were asked to write about the topic of conformity in a poem that played with form. We called it "Con(form)ity." Pages by Madeleine James A size too small Jolyn, A large shirt that says … Continue reading Pages by Madeleine James, Winner of High School Write-Ahead Poetry

One Bad Nightmare by Cameron Brown, Winner of Middle School Write-Ahead Short Story

For our Middle School Short Story contest, we took a little inspiration from Bon Jovi and asked writers to give us a story that included the words "You're halfway there..." Our winning story, is far from living on a prayer. It is a haunting tale of halloween, rhymes, and courage. One Bad Nightmare by Cameron … Continue reading One Bad Nightmare by Cameron Brown, Winner of Middle School Write-Ahead Short Story

Nature of the Earth By Lindsay Paulson, Winner of Middle School Write-Ahead Poetry

Below is the winner of our Middle School Poetry Write-Ahead Contest, Nature of the Earth by Lindsay Paulson. This category asked entrants to create a Found Poem. Nature of the Earth by Lindsay Paulson One can see no thing as beautiful as an early spring flower, I realized shortly after sunset, falling in love. Once you … Continue reading Nature of the Earth By Lindsay Paulson, Winner of Middle School Write-Ahead Poetry

Yuck! by Muryum Firoz Winner of the Elementary Short Story Write-Ahead Contest

For our Elementary Short Story Write-Ahead competition we asked our youth writers to "write a short story about the grossest thing you ever witnessed (or heard about) at school. Here’s the trick: don’t just gross me out. You have to make me laugh, too." As you can see, we're not afraid to embrace our silly … Continue reading Yuck! by Muryum Firoz Winner of the Elementary Short Story Write-Ahead Contest

Recess Time by Sarah Henderson, Winner of Elementary School Poetry Write-Ahead Contest

Below is the winner of our Elementary Poetry Write-Ahead Contest, Recess Time by Sarah Henderson. The competition prompt asked students to consider how "slides, swings, and monkey bars, literary devices are a writer’s playground. Write a poem about an actual playground using as many literary devices as you can." Recess Time by Sarah Henderson When the … Continue reading Recess Time by Sarah Henderson, Winner of Elementary School Poetry Write-Ahead Contest