Congratulations to the winners of our first-ever short story writing contest. Thank you to everyone who participated. We received many excellent submissions and were inspired by your creativity and imagination. We are excited to share the winning and runner-up stories with our community. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.
Winner – Ariel Roberts
I’ll Breathe Your Air by Ariel Roberts is about a woman who undergoes a medical procedure to have her consciousness transferred into another body—the body of her childhood friend. This thought-provoking story asks us to ponder whether one’s essence is found in the mind or the body.
Runner Up – Emily Hampson
Couch Debris by Emily Hampson uses an old sofa as a catalyst for memories of family and growing up. Anyone who has ever felt nostalgic thinking about the furniture in their childhood home will relate to this story.
Winner – Kian Overall
Our teen winner is Kian Overall. His story, Two Sides: The Nazi Invasion of Poland, is set during WWII and features alternating perspectives between a soldier and a young Jewish girl.
Kian is in 7th grade at Alcuin Montessori School in Oak Park. In his spare time, Kian enjoys reading, practicing gymnastics, and playing African drums.
Runner-Up – Cooper Jones
Cooper’s story The Downfall is a science-fiction story about the ingenuity of the human race in the face of intergalactic space conflict.
Cooper is a freshman at Fenwick High School.