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Winners Announced 2017 Contest

K – 2nd Non-Fiction

1st Place

Naomi Delio

Lusher Charter Elementary School

2nd Place

Chayse Smith

Allemands Elementary School

3rd Place

Ryke Villasenor

Allemands Elementary School

5th – 6th Non-Fiction

1st Place

Mary Elise Quoyeser

Cathedral Carmel Elementary

2nd Place

Elsa Templin

Lusher Charter Elementary School

3rd Place

Kalani Ramirez

Lusher Charter Elementary School

7th – 8th Non-Fiction

1st Place

Sisira Holbrook

Lusher Charter Elementary School

2nd Place

Dylan Davis

University Laboratory School

3rd Place

Taylor Navarro

Harry Hurst Middle School

9th – 10th Non-Fiction

1st Place

Evelyn Burvant

Lusher Charter Elementary School

2nd Place

Caroline Genius

Hahnville High School

3rd Place

Kaci Waguespack

Destrehan High School

11th – 12th Non-Fiction

1st Place

Catelyn Errington

Hahnville High School

2nd Place

Madeline Taliancich

Destrehan High School

3rd Place

Cambria Rogers

C.E.Byrd High School

K – 2 Fiction

1st Place

Ella Uebinger

Episcopal School of Acadiana

2nd Place

Camille Cromwell

Episcopal School of Acadiana

3rd Place

Gretchen Brok

Prairieville Primary School

3rd -4th Fiction

1st Place

Riley Rowell

St. Pius Elementary School

2nd Place

Roan Menard

Episcopal School of Acadiana

3rd Place

Turner Gachassin

Episcopal School of Acadiana

5th – 6th Fiction

1st Place

Nicolas Anderson Araiejo

Lusher Charter School

2nd Place

Rosalie Box

Lusher Charter School

3rd Place

Josie Keleher

Lusher Charter School

7th – 8th Fiction

1st Place

Susan Tang

Lusher Charter School

2nd Place

Jaleia Powell

Harry Hurst Middle School

3rd Place

Jacob Fernandez

Harry Hurst Middle School

9th – 10th Fiction

1st Place

Ari Berk

Lusher Charter School

2nd Place

Poet Wolfe

Lusher Charter School

3rd Place

Caroline Genius

Hahnville High School

11th – 12th Fiction

1st Place

Lauren Watson

Hahnville High School

2nd Place

Melissa Meyer

Destrehan High School

3rd Place

David Broussard

Hahnville High School

K – 2 Poetry

1st Place

Lynzee Kern

Caneview Elementary

2nd Place

Luc Rostafin

Prairieville Elementary

3rd Place

Abigail Miguez

Allemands Elementary

3rd – 4th Poetry

1st Place

Sam Shaya

Jewish Community Day School

2nd Place

Isaac Morales

Jewish Community Day School

3rd Place

Madison Overlund

Jefferson Island Rd. Elementary

5th – 6th Poetry

1st Place

Eliana Kriek

Lusher Charter School

2nd Place

Dominic Pursell

Lusher Charter School

3rd Place

Eronee Lewis

Harry Hurst Middle School

7th – 8th Poetry

1st Place

Sisira Holbrook

Lusher Charter School

2nd Place

Blythe Elderd

University Lab School

3rd Place

Blythe Elderd

University Lab School

9th – 10th Poetry

1st Place

Raven Little

Lusher Charter School

2nd Place

Viv Martin

Lusher Charter School

3rd Place

Kaleb Lambert

Lusher Charter School

11th – 12th Poetry

1st Place

Morgane Dirion

Lusher Charter School

2nd Place

Gabrielle Gomez

Lusher Charter School

3rd Place

Story Frantzen

Episcopal School of Acadiana

K – 3 Jr.Fr.Fiction

1st Place

Raphaelle Chang-Fong

Prairie Elementary

K – 3 Jr.Fr. Poetry

1st Place

Esteban Grivet

Stephensville Elementary

2nd Place

Jillian Kennedy

Episcopal School of Acadiana

4th – 6th Jr.Fr.Fiction

1st Place

Tallulah Grivet

Wyandotte Elementary

2nd Place

Thomas Chang-Fong

4th – 6th Jr.Fr.Poetry

1st Place

Athena Constantine

David Thibodaux STEM Academy

11th – 12th Sr.Fr.Non-Fiction

1st Place

Margot Frost

Baton Rouge International School

11th – 12th Sr.Fr.Fiction

1st Place

Margot Frost

Baton Rouge International school

11th – 12th Sr.Fr.Poetry

1st Place

Tori Zeringue

Destrehan High School

2nd place

Kara Scott

C.E. Byrd High School

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2016 Winners Announced

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The 2016 winners of Louisiana Writes are here! A personal letter is in the mail and should arrive soon. Please make every effort to attend the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 at the State Museum in Baton Rouge for the Louisiana Book Festival.

LA Writes 2016 Winners

K-2 Non-Fiction
1st Place
Jillian Kennedy A No Present for my Family

2nd Place
Alissa Brooks The Best Summer of Fun

3rd Place
Sonja Albert My Cousin Elly

5th – 6th Non-Fiction
1st Place
Eleanor Guichet The Contest

2nd Place
Taylor Navarro A Cat

3rd Place
Owen Moseley Bumps in the Night

7th – 8th Non-Fiction
1st Place
Rachael Hovis Braces Be Gone

2nd Place
Kaitlyn Thompson Spider

3rd Place
Elizabeth Tew Lights

9th – 10th Non-Fiction
1st Place
Gustave Tobias Berries

2nd Place
Emily Trinh Mirror, Mirror

3rd Place
Emily Trinh Funerals, Family, and Fish

11th-12th Non-Fiction
1st Place
Emaje Vinnett Minding Grandma

2nd Place
Savannah Whitney Satisfaction

3rd Place
Gavie deBruler Anticipation

K-2 Fiction
1st Place
Beckham Lien Video Game Overload

2nd Place
Smaran Tamidela Cliff Fall Survival

3rd Place
Savannah Thompson A Trip to New York

3rd – 4th Fiction
1st Place
Keiffer Ary The Battle of Calysis

2nd Place
Sienna Ewing The Mystery of the Missing Basket

3rd Place
Jai Reed The Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Last Day of Summer

5th – 6th Fiction
1st Place
Sisira Holbrook The Pain of War

2nd Place
Caroline Laderer The Case of Mistaken Identity

3rd Place
Lilly LaFleur The Creations of Penelope Smiller

7th – 8th Fiction
1st Place
Shelby Easley Designated Driver

2nd Place
Elizabeth Tew Silent Noise

3rd Place
Nicco Turillo The Game

9th – 10th Fiction
1st Place
Jones Smith The City of the Crocodile

2nd Place
David Broussard All Part of the Job

3rd Place
Jacob Camden A Stranger on a Rooftop

11th – 12th Fiction
1st Place
Julian Reidenauer Strings

2nd Place
Kindall Gant Postcards Bought at a Gas Station

K – 2 Poetry
1st Place
Madison Overlund Reef for All

2nd Place
Jacob Bonin Insect Riddle Poem

3rd Place
Matthew McWilliams Icy I See

3rd – 4th Poetry
1st Place
Erin Reaux Silence Is Too Loud

2nd Place
Lainey Connell Tonight I Touch the Stars

3rd Place
Erin Reaux How Long Creativity Takes

5th – 6th Poetry
1st Place
Elena Alvarando This Is Me

2nd Place
Ian Allam Silence

3rd Place
Ender Ryan Ma Patrie

7th – 8th Poetry
1st Place
Rangasri Narayanamoorthy Time Is Running Out

2nd Place
Brynn Beatty Looking Through the Room

3rd Place
Jackson Davis 13 Ways to Look at a Drum

9th – 10th Poetry
1st Place
Henry Wietfeldt Off Court

2nd Place
Jones Smith Reflections on the Apocalypse while in a Bodega

3rd Place
Grace Walker I’m Made of Receipts

11th – 12th Poetry
1st Place
Taylor Crayton Lawdy Mama

2nd Place
Sophie Evans Izabel’s Song

3rd Place
Laurie Roark Teeth

K – 6 Junior French Fiction
1st Place
Bella Frederick La Fille dans la Lune

2nd Place
Ella Cormier Portrait de Sorsiere

K – 6 junior French Poetry
1st Place
Tallulah Belle Grivet Tallulah

2nd Place
Rapaelle Chang-Fong La Tour Eiffel

7th – 12th Senior French Non-Fiction
1st Place
Margot Frost Dans Mon Ecole, on Sauve Les Tortues

2015 Winners Announced!

The author judges have completed the second round of judging.  The results are in, and the winners have been notified by mail.  Each winner will be recognized at the Louisiana Book Festival on Oct. 31st at 9:00 AM at the State Museum.  The contest is supported by volunteers and private donations.  Please consider making a donation to the contest.  If you donate $25 or more, you will receive an anthology of winners which includes a teachers’ guide.  To make a donation, click here. 

 

K-2nd Non-Fiction

First Place

Jacob Bonin

Principal’s Office

Jefferson Island Rd. Elementary, New Iberia

Second Place

Tristin Eaton

My Hero

Allemands Elementary, Des Allemands

Third Place

Corinn Witt

Cajun Dancing at the Zoo

Allemands Elementary, Des Allemands

 

3rd – 4th Non-Fiction

First Place

Liam Majeau

Life of Fire

Episcopal School of Acadiana, Lafayette

Second Place

Bradly Hubbard

What Causes Flooding in Louisiana

St. Rose Elementary, St. Rose

Third Place

Connor Finnell

Why Shark Attack

St. Rose Elementary, St. Rose

 

5th – 6th Non-Fiction

First Place

Jacob Carter

First Deer

Harry Hurst Middle School, Destrehan

Second Place

Leeann Hovix

I Miss You

Harry Hurst Middle School, Destrehan

Third Place

Sedne Gard

The Truth

Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

 

7th – 8th Non-Fiction

First Place

Madisyn Arnold

Trips to Texas

Harry Hurst Middle School, Destrehan

Second Place

Judah Wolf

Scuba Diving in Destin

Harry Hurst Middle School, Destrehan

Third Place

Mega Hamilton

The Princess Dinner

Homeschoolded, Lafayette

 

9th – 10th Non-Fiction

First Place

Joel Thompson

A Memoriam for Poppa

Homeschoolded, Lafayette

Second Place

Camryn Mikesell

Glorieta or Bust

Hahnville High School, Boutte

 

Third Place

Cameron Matthews

Catastrophe in New Orleans

Hahnville High School, Boutte

 

11th – 12th Non-Fiction

First Place

Savannah Whitney

Spotlight

Hahnville High School, Boutte

Second Place

Haylie Werger

The Best Advice

Lafayette High School, Lafayette

Third Place

Luther Pryor

Not the Average Teenager

Lafayette High School, Lafayette

 

K – 2nd Poetry

First Place

Jacob Bonin

Two Penguins

Jefferson Island Rd. Elementary, New Iberia

Second Place

Ianna St.Julien

The Pirate

Galvez Primary School, Prairieville

Third Place

Aubrie Frickey

Ladybugs

Allemands Elementary, Des Allemands,

Third Place

Skeye Spears

Flowers

Allemands Elementary, Des Allemands,

 

3rd – 4th Poetry

First Place

Olivia Faul

Listen, Noise

Episcopal School of Acadiana, Lafayette

Second Place

Anabel Saft

Just not Ready to Believe

Woodvale Elementary, Lafayette

Third Place

Sammy Perez

Shy

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, New Orleans

 

5th – 6th Poetry

First Place

Vannisa Souriyavong

Sometimes in my Kitchen

Jefferson Island Rd. Elementary, New Iberia

Second Place

Diavian Ceaser

Nobody Knows It

Harry Hurst Middle School, Destrehan

Third Place

Holden Harrell

The Dream

Albert Cammon Middle School, St. Rose

 

7th – 8th Poetry

First Place

Taylor Keller

I Am from the World

R.K.Smith Middle School, Luling

Second Place

Allison Lee

Pilot

Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

Third Place

Julia Simon

Midnight

Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

 

9th – 10th Poetry

First Place

Kindall Gant

Undeveloped

Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

Second Place

Ezekiel Martin

After my Death

Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

Third Place

Lukus Koelbel

When the Flames Die Down

Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

 

11th – 12th Poetry

First Place

Lauren Heffker

Where I’m From

Fontainebleau High School, Mandeville

Second Place

Jasmine J’nae Johnson

To My Sister

Port Allen High School, Port Allen

Third Place

Maria Lew

Sunflower

Northshore High School, Slidell

 

K – 2nd Fiction

First Place

Ella Munaco

Pumpkin and a Halloween Bat

St Rose Elementary School, St. Rose

Second Place

Saniya Abbas

Cat and Mouse

St Rose Elementary School, St. Rose

Third Place

Tristin Eaton

I’m the Only One different

Allemands Elementary, Des Allemands

 

3rd – 4th Fiction

First Place

Bradly Hubbard

The Wolf

St Rose Elementary School, St. Rose

Second Place

Elena Alvarado

The Chameleon’s Colors

Episcopal School of Acadiana, Lafayette

Third Place

Briley Herpin

Why Elephants Are Fat

Episcopal School of Acadiana, Lafayette

 

5th – 6th Fiction

First Place

Georgia Christie

Problems on Honor Roll

Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

Second Place

Sean Simoneaux

Break Free

Harry Hurst Middle School, Destrehan

Third Place

Sidne Gard

The Mayo Jar

Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

 

7th – 8th Fiction

First Place

Poet Wolfe

Palorid

Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

Second Place

Angelina Wood

Changing of the Rain Dragon

Albert Cammon Middle School, St. Rose

Third Place

Allison Lee

Swings

Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

 

9th – 10th Fiction

First Place

Sophie Evans

Requiem

Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

Second Place

Alexandra Gulden

Rosa

Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

Third Place

Jones Smith

Welcome, Valued Employees

Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

 

11th – 12th Fiction

First Place

Abbigail Marrs

The Blind Date

Destrehan High School, Destrehan

Second Place

Brittany Schaubhut

The Canterbury Orchestra

Hahnville High School, Boutte

Third Place

Olivia Russell

Wind Weaver

Destrehan High School, Destrehan

 

Junior Division French Poetry

First Place

Isabella Anderson

La Fleur de la mer

Myrtle Place Elementary, Lafayette

 

Junior Division French Non-Fiction

First Place

Tallulah Grivet

La vie de mon papa

Stephensville Elementary School, Morgan City

 

Senior Division French Poetry

First Place

Anne-Elyse Pitre

A New York

St. Thomas More Catholic High School, Lafayette

Second Place

Margot Frost

L’intensite d’une Finale…

Baton Rouge International School, Baton Rouge

 

Senior Division French Non-Fiction

First Place

Margot Frost

Une Journee dans ….

Baton Rouge International School, Baton Rouge

 

 

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Kaylie reads "Ten Ways of Looking at a Glass Apple."

Kaylie reads “Ten Ways of Looking at a Glass Apple.”

 

Louisiana Writes! is a nonprofit contest that operates through dedicated volunteers and generous donations. Please consider making a tax deductible donation through the UL Foundation.  Your donation will support the further vitality of this worthy contest that not only awards student writing, but also encourages the teaching of creative writing in our schools.  The sponsorship levels are listed below.

 

Sponsorship Levels:

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Donor receives acknowledgement & logo in all media releases and anthology as well as a copy of anthology.

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Donor receives acknowledgment in and copy of anthology.

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2014 LA Writes Winners Announced!

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LA Writes! is proud to announce this year’s winners. Each of these students will be honored at an awards ceremony at the State Museum at 9:00 AM on Nov. 1st, 2014. The ceremony will open the Louisiana Book Festival. Author judges, Ava Leavell Haymon, Genero Ky Ly Smith, and Ann Dobie will present the awards. Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne will speak. Teachers and families of winners are encouraged to attend.

2014 LA Writes Winners

3rd – 4th nonfiction
1st place
Vannisa Souriyavong
Jefferson Island Rd Elem, New Iberia

2nd place
Lillia K George
Home Sch’l(Glorious Ligth Academie), Carencro

5th – 6th nonfiction
1st place
Kysah Khokher
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

2nd place
Brooklyn Mire
Jefferson Island Rd Elem, New Iberia

3rd place
Megan Hamilton
Home School, Lafayette

7th – 8th nonfiction
1st place
Bryce Moulton
NSU Middle Lab School, Natchitoches

2nd place
Sarah James
Harry Hurst Middle School, Montz

3rd place
Maddie Taliancich
Harry Hurst Middle School, Destrehan

9th – 10th nonfiction
1st place
Jack Haslauer
Destrehan High School, Montz

2nd place
Jada Adlay Butler
Hahnville High School, Luling

3rd place
Savannah Whitney
Hahnville High School, Luling

11th – 12th nonfiction
1st place
Lauren Heffker
Fontainebleau High School, Mandeville

2nd place
Karleigh Howell
Hahnville High School, Paradis

3rd place
Madeleine LaCesne
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

K-2 poetry
1st place
Ella Cormier
S. J. Montgomery, Lafayette

2nd place
Andrew Spangler
Caneview Elementary, New Iberia

3rd place
Adam Long
Woodvale Elementary, Lafayette

3rd – 4th poetry
1st place
Lily Wu-Laudun
Episcopal School of Acadiana, Lafayette

2nd place
Emily Genest
Caneview Elementary, New Iberia

3rd place
Vannisa Souriyavong
Jefferson Island Rd. Elem, New Iberia

5th – 6th poetry
1st place
Collin Davis
Daspit Road Elementary, New Iberia

2nd place
Brooklyn Mire
Jefferson Island Rd. Elem, New Iberia

3rd place
Hrilina Ramrakhiani
Arden Cahill Academy, Gretna

7th – 8th poetry
1st place
Grace Morse
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

2nd place
Aja Becker
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

3rd place
Kaylie Bonin
Youngsville Middle School, Youngsville

9th – 10th poetry
1st place
Madeline Sintes
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

2nd place
Alexandra Gulden
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

3rd place
Sophie Evans
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

11th – 12th poetry
1st place
Madeleine LaCesne
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

2nd place
Isabella Hundley
Lafayette High School, Lafayette

3rd place
Emma Brock
North Shore Hich School, Slidell

K-2 fiction
1st place
Brennan Boyer
St. Pius Elementary School, Lafayette

2nd place
Keiffer Ary
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

3rd place
Andrew Spangler
Caneview Elementary, New Iberia

3rd – 4th fiction
1st place
Blaise Cormier
S. J. Montgomery, Lafayette

2nd place
Thaleia Rae-Yun Dufrene
Hammond Eastside Elem Magnet, Hammond

5th – 6th fiction
1st place
Joyce Zhao
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

2nd place
Benjamin Wilkins
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

3rd place
Alphae LeBlanc
Myrtle Place Elementary, Lafayette

7th – 8th fiction
1st place
Freda Sciarappa
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

2nd place
Asia Sumlin
Harry Hurst Middle School, Destrehan

3rd place
Zachary Arendt
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

9th – 10th fiction
1st place
Alexandra Gulden
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

2nd place
Taylor Beauchamp
Destrehan High School, Destrehan

3rd place
Collin Miller
Lafayette High School, Lafayette

11th – 12th fiction
1st place
Kyle Fontenot
North Shore Hich School, Slidell

2nd place
Claudette Breaux
Hahnville High School, Luling

3rd place
Madeleine LeCesne
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

K-6 junior division French fiction
1st place
Jody Adeyemo
Prairie Elementary, Lafayette

2nd place
Kaitlin Lee
Prairie Elementary, Lafayette

3rd place
Valerie Angelle Long
Prairie Elementary, Youngsville

honorable mention
Emily Rose Champeaux
North Lewis Elementary, New Iberia

K-6 junior division French poetry
1st place
Athena Constantine
Prairie Elementary, Lafayette

2nd place
Evan Roy
Myrtle Place Elementary, Lafayette

K-6 junior division French nonfiction
1st place
Abigail Coates
Myrtle Place Elementary, Duson

7th-12th senior division French poetry
1st place
Lizzette Toto
Lusher Charter High School, New Orleans

7th-12th senior division French nonfiction
1st place
Margot Frost
Prairieville

Contest Open

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The LA Writes Contest is now open for entries in the 2014 contest. Deadline for entry is May 15, 2014. Students in Louisiana in grades kindergarten through 12th grade may enter one fiction, one nonfiction, and up to 3 poems. See the form for word count limits.

All entries must be sent by mail, postmarked by the due date, and include a signed entry form. To access the entry form, click here.

Students’ writing will be judged by teacher-consultants and then by author judges according to the VOICES rubric.

If you have any questions, email Margaret Simon at lawpwrites@yahoo.com or leave a comment on this blog.

The LA Writes Contest is a nonprofit contest. All awards and prizes are made possible by private donations. All donations are tax-deductible. Donors of $25 and up will receive a free anthology. Donations of $100 will be acknowledged on this website, Facebook, and in the anthology.

Book Festival and Awards Ceremony

A clear crisp day at the Capitol for the 10th Annual Louisiana Book Festival.

A clear crisp day at the Capitol for the 10th Annual Louisiana Book Festival.


Saturday was a beautiful day at the Capitol, a crisp 55 degrees with clear blue skies. Students arrived early in the State Museum along with their parents, grandparents, siblings, and teachers. Steadily the auditorium filled.
Isabel reviews her prize packet.

Isabel reviews her prize packet.

Excitement built as Bonny McDonald, Phd. in performance studies, worked with each first place winner. “Breathe deep. Get the feel of the microphone. Look out at your audience.”

Bonny helps Mary Ainsley prepare to read her poem, "Lucky Dime."

Bonny helps Mary Ainsley prepare to read her poem, “Lucky Dime.”

Ann Dobie, nonfiction author judge, had another engagement, so she sent along her regrets with this message:

Congratulations to all the writers who are with us today, and special kudos to our winners. However, taking home a medal is not the end of the process. It is really the beginning because writing is a lifelong activity that helps us solve problems, understand the world around us, and know ourselves better. When we set down how we are feeling, what we are seeing, and what we are thinking, we are making a record of our lives. I hope that the award you are receiving today will be one of many to come.

Julie Kane, 2011-2013 State Poet Laureate and poetry judge, sent these remarks:

So much of what I hear in the news about K-12 education is negative: despair over shortfalls in funding, anxiety over high-stakes testing, and controversies over the best solutions to problems. But when I began reading the packets of poems for this year’s LA Writes competition, I was filled with pride in our young people and hope for the future. From primary school students on up through high schoolers, what skill these young poets displayed in their use of word choice, imagery, simile and metaphor, rhythm, and other advanced features of language! How often they touched the heart, the philosophical mind, or the funnybone with their written words! I can honestly say that I enjoyed reading these poems even more than I would enjoy picking up one of the top professional poetry magazines like Poetry or American Poetry Review. These young poets all had something to say, and they said it beautifully and memorably.

Congratulations not just to the winners, but to everyone who entered. It was difficult to choose among so many fine entries. Perhaps, one day in the future, some of you will return to this book festival to autograph a copy of your first book for me.

Kaylie reads "Ten Ways of Looking at a Glass Apple."

Kaylie reads “Ten Ways of Looking at a Glass Apple.”

After the ceremony, we headed over to the Writing Enrichment Tent to greet more writers throughout the day.

Chacelyn created a bookmark about "Pinkalicious."

Chacelyn created a bookmark about “Pinkalicious.”


Winning author, Kaylie, and her mom, Erica, work with the bookmark making table.

Winning author, Kaylie, and her mom, Erica, work with the bookmark making table.

Thinking about words for his diamante poem with first grader writer, Alec.

Thinking about words for his diamante poem with first grader writer, Alec.


Birthday by Alec

Birthday by Alec