2021 Writing Contest Winners

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the Patten Free Libraries 8th Annual Writing Contest.  This year there were more than 40 entries in all but one category, and we welcomed adult submissions for the first time ever.  Judges included Patten Free Library Staff and members of the Teen Library Council.  Congratulations to our winners, and thank you to everyone who entered! 

Read the winning entries here.


7-9 Grade Memoir

First Place: Chewonki Saltwater Canoe Trip by Huckleberry Huber-Rees

Second Place TIE: A Trip Down the Sheepscot River by Noah Arbuckle

Second Place TIE: Seaglass by Sinead Bowdish


7-9 Grade Short Fiction

First Place: How To Romanticize the Cruel and Unholy by Aurora Guzzetti

Second Place: Forgetting by Acadia Guiliani


10-12 Grade Short Fiction

First Place: An Onyx Sandstorm by Emma Beauregard

Second Place: The Tall Man by Beau Haddad


Adult Fiction

First Place: The Essence of True Love by Larry Bartlett

No second place


Adult Memoir

First Place: The Poet’s Well by James M. Wright

Second Place: Maine by Susan Landry

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