2021-2022 WriteNow! Award Ceremony
The 2022 WriteNow! High School Writing Contest features original writing in poetry, short story, creative non-fiction, and persuasive essay from high schoolers across the Northeast Metro. On May 5th, 2022, WriteNow! award winners and their friends, families, and teachers, gathered together to celebrate student writing. Scroll on to read and celebrate the work of ALL this year's award winners.
Grades 9 & 10
"You are an important part of the future of this country and our global world. We need your talent, insights, and creative hopefulviews... Keep writing. Your voice is so needed with its fresh open creative insights. Your desires to live in a culture of peace and justice. Grow in loving yourself and those around you. Don't take anything for granted. May you be treasured for who you are as an individual, a talented student willing to speak from your heart." – Anne Picard, Poetry Judge
Award of Excellence: Arianna Vann-Cook, “Seldom But a Girl”
"Congratulations to all participants on a job well done. Writing is a discipline and an art. Finding the perfect words to express your thoughts, imagination, and logic has powerful sway. Sharing those words unleashes that power and is an act of courage." – Julie Lundgren, Persuasive Essay Judge
Grades 11 & 12
"Being a writer is not just a little something you do, it is something that you are. Writing is not only a necessary form of art, it is a critical one. Writers shape, recreate, and represent the world around them. Whether that's as journalists or poets, writing fiction or non, writers inspire, invoke, anger, excite, incite, and ignite. Each one of you embodies the best of what writing can be and while you will all no doubt be and do many wonderful things in the world, you will always have the soul of a writer. Congratulations!" – Amber Guetebier, Spoken Word Judge
Full Awards Ceremony:
"When the Clock Strikes Nine":
"Shaking with Fear":
"Seldom But a Girl":
A special thank you to all of the school coordinators involved and judges!
Read full judge's commentary from Poetry Judge Mary Kolles