Write On! Teen Short Story Contest Winners 2023

Teens in Anoka County had a chance to show off their skills in Anoka County Library’s annual “Write On!” short story writing contest sponsored by the Anoka County Friends of the Library. Teens submitted a short story online beginning April 1, 2023, through April 30, 2023. 

Thank you to every single teen who submitted a story this year! We had a record number of submissions this year. The stories below were selected as the prize-winning stories in three categories of Grades 6-8, Grades 9-10, and Grades 11-12, as well as several stories that earned the distinction of "honorable mention."

The winning stories and honorable mentions have been collected into an ebook anthology and is available to read on Biblioboard.

Write On!

Grades 6-8

1st Place: Renad Taher, "Gentle Security"
2nd Place: Rachel Mueller, "Wish Upon the Brightest Star"
3rd Place: Avrie Siedschlag, "Timmy and the Fishsticks"

Honorable Mentions:

Ella Howard, "Vicki and Gwen Somehow Save the World"

Greta Graham, "Creature"

Daniel Gbati, "The Miracle Taxi"

Grades 9-10

1st Place: Rhett Le Beau, "As Above, So Below"
2nd Place: Lucia Floan, "Never a Hero's Death"
3rd Place: Julia McBride, "More Than Just a Memory"

Honorable Mentions:

Audrey High, "The Honor of a Knight"

Anna Moline, "Always"

Hannah Jemming, "The Taxi in the Rain"

Grades 11-12

1st Place: Fen Hendren, "The Many Sounds of Words"
2nd Place: Sophia Acord, "The Monster Under the Bed"
3rd Place: Kathryn Downs, "Angel of Death"

Honorable Mentions:

Valomi Lewis, "Awakening"

Megan Nguyen, "Painted Leaves"

Lizzie Elsenpeter, "The Eternal Party"

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