We are thrilled to announce the three winners in each category—creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry—of the 2018-2019 Young Authors Writing Competition, hosted by the English and Creative Writing Department of Columbia College Chicago! Our judges selected the winning entries from over 1,500 stories, poems, and essays that we received from around the country and all over the world.
This year brought us an especially talented group of writers, and we are delighted to honor the top pieces. The judges noted that there were many submissions that earned their admiration, and that selecting the winners was a difficult task. If you are one of the finalists or winners, don’t forget to check your email for more information.
We appreciate every entry that we received, and we hope that everyone who will still be in high school next year will submit their best work to the 2019-2020 Young Authors Writing Competition next fall.
In the meantime, please come back to this space soon to read some of the winning stories, essays, and poems.
Thanks again everyone, and keep writing!
Young Authors Writing Competition Team
First place: “Impressions on Hair” by Emily Tian
Second place: “Eat Bitter Sweet” by Kate Li
Third place: “FOMO” by Taylor Fang
First place: “Flesh” by Grace Wang
Second place: “The Lost History of You” by Jeffrey Liao
Third place: “New Tongue” by Nazanin Soghrati
First place: “Heritage” by Jonathan Chen
Second place: “Charlie” by Remi Seamon
Third place: “I’m Thinking About You” by Sarah Brownlee