Students aged 12 to 18 from across Surrey have doubled up on prizes for their excellence in writing poetry, short stories, comics and more.
Surrey Libraries’ annual Youth Writing Contest winners for 2022 were selected and recognized at an awards gala on Wednesday, Oct. 12.
The competition – introduced in 1987 – is an opportunity for youths to express their talents through writing in various formats.
Students from Earl Marriott, Grandview Heights, North Surrey, Panorama Ridge, Lord Tweedsmuir, Enver Creek, Sullivan Heights and Semiahmoo secondary schools took home honours at the event.
First place in the Senior Poetry category went to North Surrey Secondary’s Carolyn Hu with her poem Tongue.
Hu also placed second in the Random category with her piece titled A Fractured Home.
Clary Chow, from Grandview Heights Secondary, came out on top in Junior Poetry with her piece Flow as a River and took second place in Junior Short Story with In My Memory.
Earl Marriott Secondary’s Audrey Kemp also racked up two wins, taking second with her piece, Chicken Soup in the Senior Short Story section and another silver with Stitches in the Senior Poetry category of the contest.
Semiahmoo Secondary had the most finalists in various categories, with Yuan Li and Gurleena Sukhija both placing third respectively in Junior and Senior Poetry and Celina Qu getting an honourable mention in the Junior Short Story category.
Ruby Parker, from Panorama Ridge Secondary, finished third in Senior Short Story with Walking as a Woman and also received an honourable mention for Nyctophobia in the Senior Poetry category.
All pieces that won in the Youth Writing Contest for 2022 will be compiled and made available online or for purchase (for $8) at the end of the month at Surrey Libraries branches.