WriteNow! 2024 Creative Nonfiction Selections

The 2023 WriteNow! High School Writing Contest features original writing in poetry, short story, creative nonfiction, and persuasive essay from high schoolers across the Northeast Metro. Scroll on to read this years creative nonfiction work.

Grades 9 & 10

Award of Excellence: Heidi Hedberg, “Together or Not"

Award of Merit: Mars Lairson, “My Mortal Experience"

Honorable Mention: Molly Hulting, "I'm Just Fine"

Grades 11 & 12

Award of Excellence: Asaysha Olson, "The Yellow Tooth"

Award of Merit: Gabriella Kraai, “Subhuman

Honorable Mention: Zawa Carney, “The Understanding


Katelyn Birkeland, "43 Days"

Alexa Moser, "An Altered Perspective"

Savannah Thao, "Feel"

Arianna Van-Cook, "First-Hand"

Jessica Grann, "Healing Generational Trauma"

Alexis Willem, "Invisible Girl"

Amani Mongare, "Oatmeal Cream Pies"

Helen Pust, "The Caretaker"

Elinor Tetzlaff, "The Pits"

Kailey Olson, "The Talent Show Recovery"

Ayla Okstad, "The Things We Hide"

Keith Kolliboyen, "Volo te mori"