2018 nonfiction, First Place
“The South Korean Suicide Epidemic” by Carolyn Qu
Smithtown, New York
Smithtown High School
About Carolyn Qu:
“The artistic ability to string words together to compose a masterpiece is what originally drew me into the field of writing. Ever since, I have fallen in love through the freedom and creativity that accompanies it. Through my history teacher, Mrs. Christina Cone, I discovered the “Writing for Peace Young Writers Contest.” I ultimately decided to participate to hopefully contribute to the emerging movement of encouraging an increase of education and understanding on mental health. I have always admired the South Korean culture, through its social, entertainment and educational standards. However, like many other countries, there are always drawbacks to prosperity. My goal is to generate more attention to suicide in general, not only in South Korea but in every country likewise. In the future, I am looking into pursuing the technological and medical field. By doing so, I aspire to benefit and contribute to the future. “
From 2018 Young Writers Contest Nonfiction Judge Adriana Paramo:
“The writer addresses this epidemic with compassion and knowledge. She educates the reader on this issue using just the right amount of data while cracking our hearts wide open.”
Carolyn Qu’s winning essay will be featured in our 2018 edition of DoveTales, An International Journal of the Arts.
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