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Third Annual MYWC Winners Announced

03/29/2011

Baltimore’s Child and CityLit Project are pleased to announce the winners of the third annual Maryland Young Writers’ Contest. This year, nearly 700 elementary, middle, and high schoolers submitted works of poetry and short fiction that vied for first-, second-, and third-place in each age category. These 18 writers represent the wonderful diversity of Maryland’s student body: homeschoolers, private schoolers, and public schoolers, city kids and suburban kids, young men and women from different cultural backgrounds. One young writer claimed a first-place prize for the third year in a row, even though she has moved on from elementary school to middle school. We would not be surprised if several of these young people are well-known authors in the not-so-distant future.

And the winners are...

POETRY

Elementary School

1) "Where I'm From" by Naszil Bond
Grade 5, Southwest Baltimore Charter School
Baltimore, MD

2) "The Price of Freedom" by Grace Lee
Grade 5, Urbana Elementary School
Frederick, MD

3) "The Little Girl" by  Iyana Y'vette Tifani Davis
Grade 2, Franklin Elementary School
Baltimore, MD

Middle School

1) "Widist, Wodist, Woe" by Ally Anderson
Grade 6, Homeschool
Owings Mills, MD

2) "All the Seasons With You" by Falon Duncan
Grade 7, Cradlerock School
Columbia, MD

3) "Stuck" by Ciera Russell
Grade 7, Deer Park Middle Magnet School
Randallstown, MD

High School

1) "Baltimore" by Will Fesperman
Grade 12, Towson High School
Towson, MD

2) "Surprise" by DeVante' L. Smith
Grade 12, Bel Air High School
Bel Air, MD

3) "I'm Failing" by Norman Redd
Grade 12, Institute of Business and Entrepreneurship
Baltimore, MD

FICTION

Elementary School

1) "A White Christmas" by Joy Xu
Grade 5, Urbana Elementary School
Frederick, MD

2) "A Bad Case of the Shrinks" by Rebecca Cox
Grade 4, Harford Day School
Bel Air, MD

3) "The Spelling Bee" by Althea Marie Taylor
Grade 5, The Green School of Baltimore
Baltimore, MD

Middle School

1) "Poles Apart" by Zaynab R. Gholston
Grade 7, Cradlerock School
Columbia, MD

2) "Party" by Laura Seaberg
Grade 7, Roland Park Middle School
Baltimore, MD

3) "Three Little Pigs, The House Perspective" by Noelani Ingles
Grade 6, Milton Somers Middle School
LaPlata, MD

High School

1) "Two Cups of Coffee" by Colin O'Donnell
Grade 12, Towson High School
Towson, MD

2) "True Life: Cinderella" by Carrie Sharkey
Grade 12, Towson High School
Towson, MD

3) "Mocking Bird" by Nicole Foggan
Old Mill High School
Millersville, MD

This year’s final judges were Julie Fisher and Elissa Brent Weissman. Fisher created  www.PoetryInBaltimore.com because she thinks Baltimore’s poetry scene is outstanding. She hosts Essential Sundays @ Minas’ Gallery and co-hosts Kids Got Poetry Writing Series with her daughter. Weissman is the author of three novels for eight-to-twelve-year olds, including the just-released Nerd Camp.  She has taught creative writing to adults, teens, and children in Baltimore, New York, and London.

The submissions of our six first-place winners are published on the following pages as well as on CityLit Project’s website, www.citylitproject.org. Additionally, each of the first-place writers has been offered a full scholarship to attend this year’s Maryland Writing Project’s Student Writers’ Workshop, based at Towson University with sites in other Maryland regions.

Each of our first-, second-, and third-place winners will receive a certificate of recognition and have the opportunity to read his or her winning piece at a special event on Saturday, May 14, at Barnes & Noble Power Plant, in the Inner Harbor, at 1p.m. Please join us as we congratulate this year’s winners.

The winning writing can be downloaded by clicking on the PDF link below:
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