2017 Fiction, Third Place
“Breath Free” by McKinsey Crozier
Cadillac, Michigan, USA
Cadillac High School
McKinsey Crozier wrote “Breathe Free” as a junior at Cadillac High School in Cadillac, Michigan, where she is passionate about reading and writing what is authentic, moving, and revolutionary. She wrote her first short story at the age of six, and has been a prolific and passionate writer ever since. In particular, she is drawn to the power words have to determine the future, on both the large, revolutionary and small, everyday scales. In the future, McKinsey plans to study English and Political Science and pursue a career as an attorney. When not reading and writing, she enjoys traveling, art, experimenting in the chemistry lab, social and political activism, and baking cupcakes.
From 2017 Young Writers Contest Fiction Judge Nick Arvin:
“Breathe Free” is a powerful exploration of an instant that seems internal and small, yet is momentous, a turning from fear to hope that offers the possibility of optimism for America and the world. Generous with love and the chance for surprise connections, this is a big hearted, important story.
McKinsey’s winning story will be featured in our 2018 edition of DoveTales, An International Journal of the Arts.
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