Celebrate the Arts Writing Contest

Winners for 2016

The Celebrate the Arts Writing Contest winners have been announced. Meet the winners.

Category: Grades K-2

1st Place: My New Home by Yanna Serenko

2nd Place: Survival Party by Caleb Dardinger

3rd Place: Teleportation and My Life by Macartney Corbut

Honorable Mention: Into the Woods by Katie Ann Bush

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Category: Grades 3-5

1st Place: The Candy Land by Jeslyn Bui

2nd Place: Beyond the Portal by Izzy Williams

3rd Place: My Dad My Hero by Alexander Melo

Honorable Mention: Be Brave by Daria Lesmerises

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Category: Grades 6-8

1st Place: Hidden Answers by MaryBeth Edmundson

2nd Place: The Queen of the Blackberry Isles by Diana Skestos

3rd Place: Holden (Moment when my brother was born) by Madeleine Miller

Honorable Mention: Blown Away by Kendall Gonya

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Category: Grades 9-12

1st Place: Tangled Up in Ed by Megan Javitch

2nd Place: I Need Somebody by Stephanie Faith Francis

3rd Place: Breaking News by Isabella Genovesi

Honorable Mention (1st): Home is Where My Heart Is by Emily Dewolf

Honorable Mention (2nd): My Life in Ghanaian Boarding House by Obed Buabeng

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Category: Adults, Ages 18+

1st Place: Instructions Found After the Flood by J. Patrick Lewis

2nd Place: The Longest Night by Sarah Roush

3rd Place: 60 by E.B. Hale

Honorable Mention: Old Love by David Keith

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Awards Reception & Published Works

  • Winners received their prizes and were invited to read from their work at a reception for family and friends on April 10, 2016.
  • 1st place finishers for each level were published in the local community newspaper, the ThisWeek Westerville News & Public Opinion (print version) in April.
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and honorable mention entries were published in this online article. Note: Entries are subject to being excerpted due to content length.
  • All contest entries will be published in a professionally bound book available for purchase through Lulu.com. 1st place winners will receive a complimentary copy. The Arts Council reserves the right to exclude an entry from the Lulu book.

About the Contest

The Arts Council of Westerville, Westerville Public Library and ThisWeek Westerville News invited writers of all ages to submit original works in any genre. Submissions were accepted from January 5 through March 2, 2016 at 9pm.

This 10th annual writing contest is one of many events organized by the Arts Council to mark April as "Celebrate the Arts" month in Westerville.

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please contact Linda W.

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