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Winners of the “Write Rhode Island” short fiction writing competition announced

With stiff competition from more than 130 story submissions from across the state, School One and Goat Hill, along with their invited group of judges, are pleased to announce the winning entries of Rhode Island’s only short fiction writing competition for students.

Write Rhode Island is a short fiction writing competition for Rhode Island students presented by School One and Goat Hill. The goal of Write Rhode Island is to promote and celebrate the work of students by incorporating Rhode Island as a theme in a creative piece of prose. This fall, Write Rhode Island sponsored 35 creative writing workshops for teens at public libraries and schools across the state.

Diana DeCesaris Champa, Director of Literary Engagement at School One, is the competition’s coordinator. “Teachers and volunteers are crucial to our success. Our Write Rhode Island competition relies on more than forty volunteer judges to read all of the 150 stories and select their top stories.”

The volunteer judges are crucial to Write Rhode Island. All stories are judged as blind submissions—none of the judges know the names of the submitters. This year, over 40 readers participated in this year’s first-round judging. Goat Hill’s Hester Kaplan, and Taylor Polites judged the 10ththrough 12thgrade stories, while Marlon Carey and Jeff Hirsh, aided by Polites, made the picks for the 7ththrough 9thgrade round.

When asked about the judging process, Goat Hill said, “We are impressed every year by the passion and imagination the young writers of our state bring to the stories they tell, and we are thrilled to honor their work and creative spirit through Write Rhode Island. But we don’t do it alone–over forty volunteer readers helped us judge the stories along with the three great new judges for the 7th-9th grade stories, making the entire program an act of statewide writing community.”

The winners of the Write Rhode Island short story competition will be honored at a special awards ceremony at the Newport Art Museum on March 22, 2020. The twenty young writers whose submissions are the winning entries will receive awards and prizes at the event. The young writers will also be invited to read their stories at PVD FRINGE as part of Family Fringe in July.

Write Rhode Island has been made possible thanks to support from BankRI, Pawtucket Credit Union, Mary Dexter Chafee Fund, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Rhode Island Department of Education, teachers, librarians, and educators from around the state.

State Winners, Write Rhode Island

  1. Absolution, Andrew Ackroyd, Chariho High School
  2. Bloom, Maya Joncas, St. Mary’s Academy-Bay View
  3. The Day Rhode Island Disappeared, Maison Teixeira, Bishop Hendricken High School
  4. Different Ways to Drown, Annabel Rarick, Quest Montessori School

Notable Mention, Write Rhode Island

  1. Forgiveness, Delia Tanzi Buchbaum, Quest Montessori
  2. The Taste of a Bad Apple, Riley Clarke, Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School (Coventry)
  3. Waterfire, Fernando Ibanez, Saint Patrick Academy
  4. The Clock, Victoria Fuller, Saint Patrick Academy
  5. What Outsiders Say, Alessandra Gonzalez, Saint Patrick Academy
  6. Folds and Creases, Erin Helly, Ponagansett High School
  7. Struggles of an Addicted Mother, Sarah Hughes, Barrington High School
  8. Left In the Dark, Orli Juarez, The MET High School (Providence)
  9. How Words Can Make a Miracle, Josie Leach, Rogers High School (Newport)
  10. A Revenge of Convenience, Olivia Martin, Saint Mary’s Academy-Bay View
  11. A Single Starfish, Nicolette Kirwan, Archie R. Cole Middle School
  12. An Ocean State Odyssey, Caroline Reznick, Barrington Middle School
  13. Fireworks, Elana Sheinkopf, Barrington High School
  14. Soap, Sierra Silversmith, South Kingstown High School
  15. The Green Ochre, Jack Wholey, South Kingstown High School
  16. Death’s Call, Emma Wilusz, Chariho High School

For more information, including a full list of winners and events visit www.school-one.org or contact Diana Champa at (401) 331-2497 and dianac@school-one.org.

Alessandra Gonzalez with Brett Summers, St Patrick Academy, and Taylor Polites, Author and Write Rhode Island judge
Write Rhode Island visits Ponagansett High School to congratulate Erin Helly for her Notable Mention.
Write Rhode Island visits Quest Montessori, Auburn Cole (Quest Montessori teacher, Annabel Rarick (state winner), Delia Tanzi Buchbaum (Notable Mention), Diana Champa of School One
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