I'm a senior at Ghidotti, and I'll be attending Smith College in Massachusetts next year. I'm going to study Spanish, education, and creative writing. I love creative writing, especially poetry, and have been writing for as long as I can remember. I also enjoy painting, backpacking, and stargazing.
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Accepting submissions through March 1, 2019
Seedlings Chapbook [PDF]
Winning 2018 entries
First-prize winners of the Young Writers Competition 2017:
He points to the smokey, crumpled mess of a Cuban in his mouth, chewed till it was flat, like a clarinet’s filament. You’d think he was playing it too, when he blew and the end turned orange. He coughed after doing this, though. An old man’s cough, raspy and water-logged, though not so much water as it was blood from the crispy membranes of his lung.
Once you strip him of those walls, He is bare, his raw, and he is sadly impure.Once you strip him of those walls, He is bare, his raw, and he is sadly impure.
Mom is going to kill me when she hears about this. I can already predict our conversation:
Mom: Kelly, I got a call from the principal. I’m very disappointed in you for stealing a kid’s lunch money.
A girl of your age should know better!
Middle School Nonfiction, Rachel Trogdon ("Searching for Home"), Home School
But that night, lying on a mattress on the floor of my room, I cried myself to sleep.
Because even though I had only been here a few hours, I was already lonely.
I knew it would take time to make new friends, and I knew my old friendships would never be the same.
Middle School Poetry, Mary Rose Athas "Valentine"), Home School.
Free writing workshop with author Kim Culbertson during the Sierra Writer's Conference on January 21st at Sierra College in Grass Valley.
She'll even help you develop a short entry to submit for the Sierra Writer's Young Writers Competition. Join Kim from 2.15 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. in the room N8-112.
Hope to see you there!