And the winners are...!
The judging is over and we have our winners in the $1000 for 1000 Words fiction-writing contest! A winner was selected from each grade (6-12) and from that pool of entries scholarship winners were chosen, one from the Middle School group, one from the High School group. Grade-level winners receive a $100 cash prize, and the scholarship award is $1000.
We had over 300 entries, 48 finalists, and 22 selected to appear in this year's Bluefire - the 7 grade level winners and 15 honorable mention. Students came from the Peninsula, San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, and Napa Counties, and the East Bay - we even had entries from New York and Georgia! Congratulations and Thank You to all the students who submitted a piece to our contest! And now on to the winners....
Junko Anderson, Freshman, Crystal Springs Uplands School for her story Two Men on a Sidewalk.
Zachary Lo, 8th Grade, Central Middle School for his story Beauty.
Sarah Marks, 6th Grade, Hillview Middle School for her story FlavorMorph.
Tuvya Bergson-Michelson, 7th Grade, Nueva Middle School for his story The Sound of Running.
Nik Brocchini, Sophomore, Lick-Wilmerding High School for his story He and He.
Darya Behroozi, Junior, Leigh High School for her story Alteration.
Harry Patino, Senior, Woodside High School for his story Strata.
6th Grade: Eliah Munoz.
7th Grade: Jenna Lange, Audrey Chin, Rose Bendekgey.
8th Grade: Serena DeTata, Andrew Zerbe, Sidney Hirschman.
9th Grade: Ananya Ram, April Li, Nolan Bangs, Alix Westgaard.
10th Grade: Caroline Bailey, Jaclyn Hovsmith.
11th Grade: Linnea Arneson.
12th Grade: Emily Wang.
You are invited to this free event!
Award Celebration April 27th, 2014, from 2-4PM at Kepler's in Menlo Park
We will be holding an award celebration on Sunday, April 27th from 2-4PM at Kepler's bookstore in Menlo Park, CA. The award recipients and some honorable mention students will read their piece and receive their award. In addition, I am pleased to announce that local YA author Lindsay Tam Holland will be there to talk to our young authors about their work, to give insights into becoming an author and the writer's life, and to answer your questions. If you are interested in attending this free event, please follow this invitation link to register.
Bluefire Blog now accepting submissions!
The Bluefire Blog is now open and accepting submissions from current students in grades 5-12. We are accepting creative fiction, creative non-fiction (e.g., personal reflections, nature writing, memoirs), and poetry of up to 2500 words. The content can be on any topic so long as it is the original work of the author not previously published. If you are accepted to the blog, your work will remain on the site for at least two weeks, and you will be eligible to appear in our journal, Bluefire, in the Best of Bluefire Blog chapter. Please read the Submission Guidelines and go to the Submission Form to enter your work.
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The Leyla Beban Young Authors Foundation is a California public benefit nonprofit corporation dedicated to the promotion of creative writing in kids and teens. The Foundation is dedicated to the memory of Leyla Beban and her love of books, creative writing, imagination, and adventure. The Foundation is based in Leyla's hometown of Redwood City, CA and focuses charitable activities on San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.