WriteNow!

Students in grades 9-12 in the Northeast Metro Area are invited to enter original writing in WriteNow!, the annual high school writing contest hosted by White Bear Center for the Arts. All entries must be submitted electronically.

Entry Deadline: Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 11:59 PM (NO EXCEPTIONS)
Students will be notified of results in mid-April

The deadline for the 2019-2020 school year has passed.


Award Ceremony & Student Readings

Thursday, May 7, 2020, 7:00-9:00 PM
White Bear Center for the Arts
4971 Long Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Click here to download a PDF of the WriteNow! 2019-2020 submission guidelines.

WriteNow! 2019-2020 is supported in part by the Greater White Bear Lake Community Foundation.


2019-2020 Award Winners

Visit the Virtual Award Ceremony



Poetry 9th & 10th Grade

Justice Will Sing by Toluwalase Akintola,  Award of Excellence

Restart by Lily Kronschnabel, Award of Merit

Nature by Kaelyn Chen, Honorable Mention



Poetry 11th & 12th Grade

Golden Boy by Maxwell Lakso, Award of Excellence

Enough by Makenna Cook, Award of Merit

Still Growing by Maxwell Lakso, Honorable Mention



Short Story 11th & 12th Grade

Elevator Operator by Julia Thomalla, Award of Excellence

Home by Evelyn Hardy, Award of Merit

The Artistic Observer by Madeleine Lutterman, Honorable Mention



Short Story 11th & 12th Grade

Changing How Schools Deal With Racism by Chloe Bromeland, Award of Excellence

Who, Not What by Jackelyn Ong, Award of Merit

I Don’t See You by Toluwalase Akintola, Honorable Mention



Persuasive Essay 9th & 10th Grade

Changing How Schools Deal With Racism by Chloe Bromeland, Award of Excellence

Who, Not What by Jackelyn Ong, Award of Merit

I Don’t See You by Toluwalase Akintola, Honorable Mention



Persuasive Essay 11th & 12th Grade

Putting a Period on the Tampon Tax by Julia Thomalla, Award of Excellence

No More Participation Award by Julia Juelich, Award of Merit

The Effects of Modern Slavery: Sex Trafficking by Emma Schaible, Honorable Mention



Creative Nonfiction 9th & 10th Grade

Finding a Piece of my Puzzle by Lily Gornik, Award of Excellence

The Sunrise and the Stars by Anna Thompson, Award of Merit

Dora the Explorer Underwear by Ashley Jones, Honorable Mention



Creative Nonfiction 11th & 12th Grade

Once More by Myla Pierre-Louis, Award of Excellence

Her Life by Grace Johnson, Award of Merit

True or False by Maxwell Lakso, Honorable Mention

Testing, One, Two, Three by Julia Thomalla, Honorable Mention

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