HCPL 2014 Teen Short, Short Story Contest — The winners are…

Typewriter - tell us a story194 original short stories were submitted and we loved them all! Thank you to everyone that wrote for the contest. These stories gave us quick and intriguing glimpses of your creativity and we really enjoyed reading them.

1st place wins a $25 gift card from Target, 2nd and 3rd places get bragging rights!

1st Place:
House by Gracyn G., 10th grade, Twin Hickory Library

Bricks for fingernails and lights for eyes. Ribs of weathered wood groan and splinter as he grows, twisting, popping into place. Knuckles sprout grass, skin unravels to wallpaper, kneecaps split into wooden porch steps, familiar and inviting. He lays down by the road, alone, and names himself abandoned.

2nd Place:
Alzheimer’s by Grace M.,  10th grade, Dumbarton Library

“Wrong number, sir.”

He hung up, for the fifth time in a row. “Dammit,” he muttered to himself. He had to make this call. Dialing another number, he waited in apprehension.


“…I love you.”

“I know.”

“I have to tell you, before I start forgetting.”

“It isn’t your fault.”

3rd Place ( two stories tied for 3rd place):
Untitled by Miranda J., 10th grade, Twin Hickory Library

She’s out riding that old Schwinn bike with the bell and basket ornaments that make a girl feel confident about herself. She knew every contour of the pavement like a lover. The boys followed her around the cul-de-sac but they could never kiss her like the pavement does.

3rd Place ( two stories tied for 3rd place):
Squandered Life by Alex S., 7th grade, Twin Hickory Library

“Hoot. Hoot.” There’s an owl out my window. He’s grasping a note in his talons. I grab the message from the owl. It’s in code!? I devote my life to deciphering it. Then, in the last seconds of my life, I realize it said, “Hoot. Hoot.”

Congratulations to all our winners!

Keep an eye out for our poetry contest in the spring and stop by the Teen Writers Guild at Tuckahoe Library or Twin Hickory Library to hang out with other writers and play with words.

We had six judges for the contest. Special thanks to our guest judges Anne Soffee and Lollie George!

Anne Soffee, author of Snake Hips: Belly Dancing and How I Found True Love andNerd Girl Rocks Paradise City: A True Story of Faking It in Hair Metal L.A.
Lollie George, Librarian at Holman Middle School
Adrienne Minock, Teen Service Librarian at Twin Hickory Library
Amanda Gianni, Teen Service Librarian at Fairfield Library
Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Children’s Librarian at Twin Hickory Library
Mandy Arnold, Teen Service Librarian at Tuckahoe Library

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