2020 Young Writers Contest Results

We are excited to announce the winners of our 2020 Young Writers Contest, a challenge designed to develop empathy in our future leaders and introduce emerging young voices from all over the world. Our Young Writers Contest requires a commitment to research and the craft of writing, as well as a willingness to challenge personal assumptions. Entries from nearly every continent exemplified this commitment, and many of our young writers are working in a second language. This year we have added a $200 award for our Grand Prize Winner. We welcome writers from Cambodia, Kenya, Nepal, Romania, and Brazil, joining other young writers from a total of 30 countries. It has been an honor and privilege to read their work.

Completing this challenge is no small achievement and this year we received a record number of outstanding entries. We would like to acknowledge all of the young writers who took the time to research a new culture and write a story, essay, or poem for the Writing for Peace Young Writers Contest with an invitation to continue refining your craft through our Friday Live Readings, Young Writer Resources, and Youth Summits. We hope you will take advantage of our more accessible DoveTales Literary Journal online, reading the work of contributors hailing from all over this beautiful globe.

Additionally, we would like to thank the teachers and mentors who encouraged their students to take our challenge, and then guided them to prepare their best work. We would also like to thank the many volunteer readers who made this contest possible.

Our Grand Prize Winner, as well as first, second and third place winners’ work will be published on August 1st, 2020 online in our “Resistance” themed edition of DoveTales, An International Journal of the Arts, Guest Edited by Brad Wetzler. Finalists will be published here in our blog during the month of July.

2020 Young Writers Contest Winners

In Poetry~

First Place: Amy Liu from Warrington, Pennsylvania, United States, for “Confessions from Forgotten Fields.” Amy attends Central Bucks High School South and is in 11th Grade.

Second Place: Lauren Young from Stamford, Connecticut, United States, for “Burn.” Lauren attends Trinity Catholic High School and is in 12th Grade.

Third Place: Mariana Kovalik Silva from Curitiba, Brazil for “Tank Man.” Mariana attends Phillips Academy and is in 12th Grade.

Finalists: Giuliana Spanarelli from Fairfield, New Jersey, United States, for “I Am” and Adler Schultz from Newton, Massachusetts, United States, for “Thunder Over Warsaw.”

In Fiction~

First Place: Sofia Perez from Warwickshire, United Kingdom, for “The Atlas.” Sofia attends King’s Highschool for Girls and is in the 10th Grade.

Second Place: Maryam Muheeb from Lagos, Nigeria, for “Aster Street.” Maryam attends Livingstone Model College and is in 12th Grade.

Third Place: Lulu Griffin from La Grange, Illinois, United States, for “By the Light of a Lantern.” Lulu attends Lyons Township High School and is in 12th Grade.

Finalists: Sophia Fang from Sandiego, California, United States, for “Zongzi” and Karen Umeora from Jonesboro, Arkansas, United States, for “Beloved.”

In Nonfiction~

First Place: Aim Poonsornsiri, from Bangkok, Thailand for “Twisted Roots.” Aim attends Deerfield Academy and is in 11th Grade.

Second Place: Lydia Qin, from Los Angeles, California, United States, for “Silent Isolation.” Lydia attends North Hollywood High School and is in 10th Grade.

Third Place: Maxine Magtoto, from Pasig City, Philippines, for “Braving A New Frontier: The Case for Moroccan Linguistics.”  Maxine attends Brent International School Manila and is in 11th Grade.

Finalists: Se Eun Pak (Grade 10), South Korea, for “A Bloody Battle” and Seohyun Yoon (Grade 11), Virginia, United States, for “The Flower of Egypt.”

And the 2020 Grand Prize of $200 goes to…

Grand Prize Winner

Anya (Anna) Trofimova from London, United Kingdom, for her passionately astute poem “Observations Inspired by Rising Sea Levels.” Anna attends St. Paul’s Girls’ School and is in 10th Grade.


Congratulations to one and all!


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