We are thrilled to announce the winners and runners-up of our 2018 One Teen Story Teen Writing Contest! We received nearly 400 entries from teen writers across the globe, and narrowing it down was no easy feat. Each winner will receive $500 and publication in a forthcoming issue of One Teen Story.
Ages 13 – 15
Winner: “Dear Jamie, Love Rory” by Micaiah Saldaña
“I hate that I had to sing happy birthday to a blurry figure on a screen that looks like you, but at the same time, with his buzz cut and camouflage…Doesn’t.”
Runner-up: “Imagination” by Arushi Avachat
Ages 16 – 17
Winner: “White Jade” by Katherine Xiong
“It wasn’t until the plane had taken off that my mother began to answer my questions. Yes, she herself had been raised in the States. Yes, her mother had been an immigrant, but had gone straight back to China the moment she’d had the chance. No, my mother had not visited her since.”
Runner-up: “The Shoe Shine Man” by Maisey Campbell Jefferson
Ages 18 – 19
Winner: “Escape from Vienna” by Erin Snyder
“In the deepening twilight of the train car, I wrapped my arms around the weary stallion’s neck and inhaled the comforting scent of warm horseflesh, letting the momentary silence fill me with a peace I hadn’t known in years.”
Winner: “Burning, In You” by Brayden Mekertichian
“Taped on your locker, on a February Thursday, is a transformative note (written on Amy’s monogrammed stationery in her undisguised, loopy scrawl) that says: Parker Martochio is a superficial bimbo. Anger and guilt mounds in your throat. Damn it, it’s high school, you remind yourself when your stomach twists with shame. Superficiality is the foundation of survival.”
Runner-Up: “The Goddess in Boat Shoes” by Izzy DeSantis
Congratulations to the winners and runners-up!