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2016 Young Writers Contest Winners


2016 Contest Judges

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. Completing this challenge is no small achievement, and we salute your commitment to expanding your knowledge base and developing your craft. We would also like to thank the teachers and mentors who encouraged their students to take our challenge, and then inspired and guided them to prepare their best work.

In Fiction

First Place: “Cherry Blossom Soldier –  Winner” by Vivian Zhao
Naperville, Illinois, USA

Second Place: “My Two Fathers” by Julianna(YoungEun) Lee
Demarest, New Jersey, USA

Third Place: “In A Southwestern Town” by Jake Pritchett
Belvue, Colorado, USA


In Nonfiction

First Place: “North Africa to Iberia” by Jared Anwar
Pacific Palisade, California, USA

Second Place: “The Kurdish Injustice” by Grace Choi
Old Tappan, New Jersey, USA

Third Place: “Destined to be Dalits” by Jaeeun Kim
Tenafly, New Jersey, USA


In Poetry

First Place: “She Serves in Ben Hai” by Lisa Zou
Chandler, Arizona, USA

Second Place: “Dear M” by Lydia Chew
Chandler, Arizona, USA

Third Place: “Mae Jean” by Ritika Bharati
Chandler, Arizona, USA

2016 winning entries will be published in our 2017 DoveTales. Participation Certificates and Awards will be sent out next week. Be sure to watch our blog and Facebook page to learn more about these talented young writers, and what our judges had to say about their work. We would like to thank our prestigious panel of judges: Meg Pokrass; Rebekah Mosby, Nonfiction; E. Ethelbert Miller, poetry.


Notable Finalists

This year, in addition to our winners, Writing for Peace would like to recognize  three exceptional finalists whose submissions will be published in our blog.

“The Night of Shattered Myth” by Swatilekha Roy
Durgapur, West Bengal, India

“Cocktail at Azrael’s” by Gokce Guven
Istanbul, Turkey

“Unity in Peace” by Archika Dogra
Bellevue, Washington, USA


Congratulations to all our contest winners!

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2016 Young Writers Contest Begins!

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 The 2016 Young Writers Contest Is Open!

2016JudgesSince we first started our contest in the fall of 2011, we’ve received stories, essays, and poetry from students in over 24 countries. And now our 5th annual Writing for Peace Young Writers Contest is up and running.  Due to the late start, the deadline has been extended to April 15th, 2016. You’ll find our guidelines online here.

We’re very excited to announce our prestigious panel of judges:

Meg Pokrass, Fiction

Meg Pokrass is the author of “Damn Sure Right” (Press 53, 2011) “Bird Envy” and a novella-in-flash “Here, Where We Live” one of five novellas-in-flash in the award-winning anthology “My Very End of the Universe – Five Novellas-in-Flash and a Study of the Form” (Rose Metal Press, 2014). Read more about Meg Pokrass and her work here.

E. Ethelbert Miller, Poetry

E. Ethelbert Miller is a writer and literary activist. He is the board chair of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), a progressive think tank located in Washington, D.C. For ten years he has been the editor of Poet Lore, the oldest poetry magazine published in the United States. In 1996, he delivered the commencement address at Emory and Henry College and was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Literature. Mr. Miller has been a Fulbright Senior Specialist Program Fellow to Israel in 2004 and 2012. In February 2006 he was the keynote speaker at the 50th Anniversary of the Fulbright Program in Israel, at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, D.C. Read More about E. Ethelbert Miller and his work here.

Rebekah Presson Mosby, Nonfiction. 

Rebekah Presson Mosby is a Grammy nominee and Audie award winner known for her work in poetry audio, for arts reporting on National Public Radio and for interviews with writers and artists. Read more about Rebekah Presson Mosby and her work here.

Special Note:

Writers for Peace, with this late start we’ll need your help more than ever to get the word out. As always we’re happy to mail you free bookmarks to hand out in classrooms and workshops. Contact us at editor@writingforpeace.org. Thank you so much for your help and support. It really does make a difference. Happy writing!


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