Winners in the 2001 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 conference.
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 Karis Granberg-Michaelson, of Oakland, New Jersey, a junior at Indian Hills High School, poetry; Lisa Kennelly, of Seattle, Washington, a junior at The Bush School, fiction; and Rose Weill, of McLean, Virginia, a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, creative non-fiction.
Second-place winners are Dominique Generaux, of Mesa, Arizona, a junior at Mountain View High School, poetry; Rachel Westover, of Littleton, Colorado, a junior at Arapahoe High School, fiction; and Benjamin Platt, of Framingham, Massachusetts, a junior at Framingham High School, creative non-fiction.
Third-place winners are Samantha Bennett, of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, a junior at Carlisle High School, poetry; Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Washington, D.C., a junior at St. John's College High School, fiction; and Tiffany Comer, of Richmond, Virginia, a junior at J.R. Tucker High School, creative non-fiction.
Student judges for fiction were Bill Warburton '02, Eileen Fenn '02 and Brenna Knowles '02; for creative non-fiction were Andy Tefftt '01, Meg Howard '01 and Colin Sullivan '01; and for poetry, Tessa Mellas '01, Kristen Kvam '03 and Cate Doucette '04.