On this special May Day, we are delighted to announce the winners for the 2012 Writing for Peace Young Writers’ Contest. The contest challenged writers, ages 13-19, to research and write in the voice of a character from another culture, digging beneath the surface to explore common humanity and universal themes. Young writers from all over the United States took up our short fiction challenge, and their stories reflected a broad spectrum of cultures. Our editors were amazed at the quality of work submitted across the board, but our three winners stood out in not only the beauty of their prose, but in their cultural insights.
Learn more about these talented young writers by clicking on their links (below).
First Place Winner
“A North Korean Perspective”
- Shadia Farah, 11th grade, Brooklyn Technical High School New York
- Our Fiction Judge, William Haywood Henderson, had this to say about Shadia’s short story: “A North Korean Perspective” is a sharp, intense glimpse into the personal consequences of living under a totalitarian regime. We’re left with haunting images—the blisters on a girl’s fingers as she practices her string instrument for an upcoming ceremony, a photo of a ballistic missile slowly fading on a computer screen, the beautiful dress the girl has hidden beneath her bed, a dress she feels compelled to destroy. Shadia Farah has beautifully evoked a girl’s struggles to contain her emotions, to do the right thing, to conform, and in that the story is universal. “The U.S.A. has its flaws, but those are minor scratches compared to the deep wounds of North Korea.” ~Shadia Farah
Second Place Winner
Caroline Nawrocki, 10th grade, Germantown Academy, Pennsylvania
“There is something so nomadically beautiful about the Romani people that it seems like a crime for them to be oppressed as much as they are. Awareness needs to be spread about their cause, and through the written word I hope that can be accomplished.” ~Caroline Nawrocki
Third Place Winner
“Women are Women the World Over”
Tait Rutherford, 12th grade, Fort Collins High School, Colorado
“Compassion is a beautiful thing, possibly the most beautiful thing in the world, especially when combined with initiative and ingenuity, and a will to create peace where none now exists.” ~Tait Rutherford
2012 Writing for Peace Young Writer’s Contest winners will receive $250 for first place, and $75 for second and third places. You can read their award winning short fiction in our upcoming journal, DoveTales, appearing online on January 1st, 2013. General submission guidelines will be posted June 1st, as well as guidelines for the 2013 Writing for Peace Young Writers’ Contest.
Happy May Day, and Congratulations to all our 2012 Young Writers!
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