Winners in the 2002 St. Lawrence University Young Writers Contest have been chosen, in
poetry, fiction and non-fiction categories. The first-prize winners in each category will
visit campus in the fall to read their prize-winning work, plus participate in a seminar and
The St. Lawrence University Young Writers Contest is a national event held annually, to
encourage the best high school writers in the country in furthering their craft. The contest is
judged by St. Lawrence students.
First-place winners in each of the three categories receive a cash award of $250, a trip to St.
Lawrence in September to attend a creative writing seminar and do readings of their winning
works, and they attend St. Lawrence's Young Writers Conference, held at the University's
conference center in the Adirondack Mountains. Second-place winners in each category
receive a cash award of $150 and third-place winners receive $100.
First-place winners in this year's contest are Samantha Verdure, of New York City, a
student at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, fiction; Meghan Maloney, of Rochester,
New York, a student at the School of the Arts, poetry; and Amie Ko, of New York City, a
student at Clarkstown High School South, creative non-fiction.
Second-place winners are Hari Prabhakar, of Dallas, Texas, a student at St. Mark's
School, fiction; Danielle Smith, of Salt Lake City, Utah, a student at Rowland
Hall-St. Mark's School, poetry; and Taylor Beck, of Richmond, Virginia, a student
at The Collegiate School, creative non-fiction.
Third-place winners are Megan Bourke, of Western Springs, Illinois, a student at Lyons
Township High School, fiction; Laura Hess, of St. Louis, Missouri, a student at Clayton
High School; and Cathy Tang, of New York City, a student at Clarkstown High School
South, creative non-fiction.
Delia Sage Casa, of Westhampton Beach, New York, a student at The Ross School,
received an honorable mention in poetry.