16TH ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF YOUNG WRITERS
Photo by Brigid Pierce
ASAP! is delighted to announce the top selected Young Writers for its 16th annual Celebration of Young Writers. They received over 150 submissions of poetry and prose by public, private and homeschooled students from across Connecticut. Works were submitted to a panel of judges and selected through a blind process. ASAP! thanks the participating schools and educators for empowering students to share their love of writing.
The top selected 2021 Celebration of Young Writers are:
Ainsley Acker, Mill Hill School
Hayden Hughes, Homeschool
Julian Smith, Children’s Community School
Alana Budrewicz, Litchfield Middle School
Armani Cruz, Reis Learning Center
James Lunt, Litchfield Middle School
Sebastian Martinez, Wooster Middle School
Lillian Perkel, Litchfield Middle School
Ailyn Tiul, Litchfield Middle School
Taliah Ellis, Torrington High School
Eva Evans, The Loomis Chaffee School
Peyton Nash, Shepaug Valley School
Anna Siciliano, Hall High School
Top selected works will be presented at a private event on July 23rd, and 32 top selected pieces will be shared through ASAP!’s website. A recording of the live event will be made available to the public; details will be announced on ASAP!’s social media and website. ASAP! thanks all the writers who participated in this year’s Celebration, and encourages everyone to keep writing.
Celebration of Young Writers was inspired by ASAP!’s objective to foster children’s creativity and imagination in the literary arts. It was established with the help of Ellen and Frank McCourt, Ann and Denis Leary, and Susanna Salk.
Thank you to our event host, The Maurice Sendak Foundation
● Writings must be 400 words or less and may include: poetry, short story,
short play, or an act from a play.
● Students in grades K-12 are eligible to submit.
● Only one entry is allowed per student.
● Teachers, parents, or students themselves may submit.
● All submissions must be made electronically by following the link below.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE APRIL 29, 2021
JULY & AUG 2021, IN-PERSON
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