Last night we celebrated the winners and honors of 2013's BPL Teen Writing Contest with a reception at the Central Library. Relatives, friends, teachers and librarians came to listen to the writers read from their work, then get tips about the writing life from a panel of authors.
The authors on the panel were Nicola McDonald, a BPL young adult librarian and author of two books, Daniel Nayeri, an editor and young adult author, Ashley August, 2013 NYC Youth Poet Laureate, author and professor Zetta Elliott, and graphic novelist Matt Loux. McDonald spoke about her empowering experience with self-publishing, Elliott encouraged everyone in the room to write at least five memoirs, and August suggested reading widely, keeping a journal and attending poetry events for teens from Urban Word, such as the monthly Brooklyn Open at BPL's Central Library. Loux spoke about the value of having experiences beyond writing and reading, while Nayeri simply urged writers to be open to just how interesting other people can be.
We have compiled the winning entries into an e-book anthology titled Discovering Hidden Treasures: Works from Brooklyn's Young Writers, available for download or printing here. Feel free to stop by the Central Library Youth Wing, where a print copy is on reserve.
Here are photos of our winners and honors from last night's reception:
Andrew Ravaschiere, 1st Place Prose Winner for The Path of a Baseball
Arina Bykadorova, 1st Place Poetry Winner for Back Then, When We Found that Piano
and 2nd Place Prose Winner for Evening At Home
Sasha Herman, Third Place Prose Winner for The Bruised Apple
Khadjiah Johnson, 2nd Place Poetry Winner for #Nerd Problems
Mie Abouelkheir, 3rd Place Poetry Winner for The Unity of Generations
Maria Filipchenko, Prose Honor for Drives and Their Causes
Aliza Schapiro, Prose Honor for Police Statement
Ashaki Lloyd, Poetry Honor for In The Year 2020
Erika Lopez, Poetry Honor for Ode to a NYC Subway Train Car
Zenobia Lowe, Poetry Honor for Streets
Sara Wallace-Lee, Poetry Honor for On Being Static
Thanks to the over one hundred teens who entered the contest, and stay tuned for next year's!