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. We 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, “Me”
Hayden Hughes, Homeschool, “Suffrage on the Dinner Plate”
Julian Smith, Children’s Community School, “Borrowed Poem After William Carlos Williams”
Alana Budrewicz, Litchfield Middle School, “The Night Everything Changed”
Armani Cruz, Bethel Middle School, “Not So Smart Phones”
James Lunt, Litchfield Middle School, “Sometimes”
Sebastian Martinez, Wooster Middle School, “The Dragon Hunt”
Ailyn Tiul, Litchfield Middle School, “I’m From Memories”
Taliah Ellis, Torrington High School, “Being Me”
Eva Evans, The Loomis Chaffee School, “A Tango of Love”
Peyton Nash, Shepaug Valley School, “Oblivion Sea”
Anna Siciliano, Hall High School, “Jewelry Box”
Top selected works will be presented at a private event on July 23rd and 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.
This program is funded in part by 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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