Oakville Public Library honours teen wordsmiths with Write2Xpress contest
Published December 16, 2021 at 2:45 pm
The Oakville Public Library has awarded four Oakville teens for their literary prowess in the Write2Xpress contest.
The library challenged teens to write a short story or poem using a photo of the HMS Oakville Memorial in Tannery Park as inspiration.
Short stories could be up to 1,500 words, while poems were capped at 25 lines and could be in any form.
In the Short Story Category for teens between 15 to 18, Giulia Casha’s work “Untitled” and Tessa Koster’s “The Beacon of Magic” tied for first place.
Zaina Syeda and Stephanie Tang took second and third place for their stories titled “Beneath The Tower” and “Wings of Stone.”
In the 12 to 14-year-old age group, Andelka Peric won first place with the story “Old Martha and the History Thief.”
There was another tie, this time for second place with Sophia Salazar’s “The Very Greedy King” and Sophie Chen’s “Untitled” sharing the runner up spot.
Third place winner Eric Zhang rounded out the age bracket with the story “The Beacon of Hope.”
As for the poetry category, Joy Fam took first place with a poem called “The Structure.”
Rida Salahuddin came in second with a work entitled “An Ode to Childhood,” and the third-place winner was Mikaela Wallet with “The Lady & the Tower”
First place winners received a $50 Indigo Gift Card. Runners up were awarded a $20 Indigo Gift Card, and third-place winners were given an ARC Prize Pack.
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