Teen scribes shine at Surrey Libraries

Winners of the 2012 Young Adult Writing Contest announced.

Each year, Surrey Libraries host the Young Adult Writing contest for teens 12-18 years old. Entrants submit original short stories, poems, and comics to win cash prizes.

The contest typically launches early in the summer, closing in early August. Stayed tuned for more details in 2013.

Listed below are this year’s winners. Their work can be viewed by clicking on 2012 Young Adult Writing Contest booklet at http://bit.ly/qcrkVS.

Short Story (ages 15-18)

First place – Justine Crawford for 
”Sixty-Five Roses”
Second place – Alanah Lam for 
“Parental Guidance” 
Third place – Celina Wang for “The Writer”

Honourable Mention – Martina Dansereau for “Her Blindness of Our Ways”


Short Story (ages 12-14)

First place – Katelyn Colwell for “Some ‘Jokes’ Aren’t Funny”

Second place – Jamie Verschoor for “A Blue Bowtie”

Third place – Ana Ivkov for “Death”

Honourable Mention – Linda Wu for “Leaves”


Poetry (ages 15-18)

First place – Joy Gyamfi for “Amitte Diem”

Second place – Rachael Giesbrecht for “Ode to Bacon”

Third place – Shelby Kwok for “How to Write a Poem”

Honourable Mention – Peishan Huang for “Camping”


Poetry (ages 12-14)

First place – Fey Cofresi for “Soul”

Second place – Zoe Clarinval for “Abstract”

Third place – Sarah Bednash for “Devour”

Honourable Mention – Ting- Shiuan Chen for “Pretty”



First place – Cindy Kim for “Us”

Second place – Jessie Tran for “How Much is the Gai Lan?”

Third place – Lu Jia Lin for “Flotsam in the Sea”

Honourable Mention – Nancy Lin for “The Trouble with Vegetables”



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