We are thrilled to announce the three winners in each category—creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry—of the 2019-2020 Young Authors Writing Competition, hosted by the English and Creative Writing Department of Columbia College Chicago! Our judges selected the winning entries from over 1,900 stories, poems, and essays that we received from around the country and all over the world.
This year brought us an admirably 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 challenging task. If you are one of the finalists or winners, don’t forget to check your email for more information.
On behalf of the English and Creative Writing Department of Columbia College Chicago, we want to thank our writing community for your patience and resilience during this really difficult time. We greatly 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 2020-2021 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! Stay strong and keep writing!
Young Authors Writing Competition Team
First place: “Under the Same Sun” by Hannah Ahdab
Second place: “Turmeric Stains” by Priyanka Shrestha
Third place: “We Do Not Apologize Now” by Jordan Ferdman
First place: “Valley of Saints” by Yasmeen Khan
Second place: “One Child” by Hannah Han
Third place: “New Year” by Alexis Yang
First place: “El Tercer Oido (The Third Ear)” by Sofia Angulo-Lopera
Second place: “Firing Clay” by Jenny Oh
Third place: “Three Poems” by Annie Cao