Department of English
Phone: (509) 527-2862

Young Writers' Contest

Every year we ask English and writing teachers to encourage their students to submit short stories and poems for our annual Young Writers' Contest. Poems and short stories are separated in to Freshman/Sophomore and Junior/Senior divisions. In each division there are 1st through 3rd place prizes for poems and stories. One entry is selected as the Grand Prize winner. The grand prize may be awarded for a poem or story and may be selected from either the Freshman/Sophomore or Junior/Senior division.

The submission deadline for the 2016 Young Writers' Contest is January 29, 2016. To be eligible for prizes students must be in 9th - 12th grade and attending NPUC academies and junior academies.

Contest Rules and Entry Form PDF

Submissions can submitted online through the Contest Entry Form or be sent to:

Young Writer's Contest
Department of English
204 S College Avenue
College Place, WA 99324

Winners of the 2015 Young Writers' Contest are:


Grand Prize:

Feather Weather – Freshman/Sophomore Poem                    

Jamie Jansen                Gem State Academy  

 Freshman/Sophomore Poetry

1stAfghani December                      JB Lopez                     Tri-City Adventist School

2ndTaking Steps                               Summer Davis             Upper Columbia Academy

3rdButterfly                                      Luke Irvine                 Tri-City Adventist School                             

Junior/Senior Poetry

1stEternity                                       Hailey Voth                 Gem State Academy              

2ndTo Simply Stand                         Amanda McCarter      Upper Columbia Academy    

3rdEternity                                       Tyler Warren               Upper Columbia Academy    

Honorable Mention

You                                                      Chelsea Huggins         Livingstone Adventist Academy


Freshman/Sophomore Story

1stA Battle Beyond the Grave          Hannah Miller             Gem State Academy  

2ndPaper People                             Alieha Dryden              Portland Adventist Academy

3rdThe Journey                                 Marissa Yarlott           Gem State Academy  

Honorable Mention

A Good Man                                         Caleb Bryan                Tri-City Adventist School     


Junior/Senior Story

1st What Love Does                           Chelsea Huggins         Livingstone Adventist Academy

2ndLet’s Go                                       Hailey Voth                Gem State Academy              

3rdA Bear and His Boy                     Elizabeth Bell            Gem State Academy

Honorable Mention

The Dream Machine                             Shaelyn Swensen        Puget Sound Adventist Academy


Notices of our 2016, Young Writers’ Contest will be distributed to principals and English teachers in NPUC academies and junior academies. We hope that this contest will inspire young writers.

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Last update on July 3, 2015