9th Annual Writing Contest Winners

Congratulations to this year’s Writing Contest winners!  This year there were more than 50 entries in every category, and we welcomed creative non-fiction submissions for the first time ever. Judges, who included Patten Free Library Staff, the PFL Teen Library Council, and community members, were excited about the caliber of pieces submitted this year. With support from the Friends of the Patten Free Library.

Click the title below to read the winning pieces.


7-9 Grade Non-Fiction

First Place: Me by Franny DeGeer

Second Place: Peaks Island Vignette by Harper Nelson


7-9 Grade Fiction

First Place: Nightmare in Disguise by Rory Leeman

Second Place: The Excavator by Ivey Strickland


10-12 Grade Non-Fiction

First Place: Writing to Remember by Zoë Brush

Second Place: A Perturbed Portrait by Grace Tetreault


10-12 Grade Fiction

First Place: The Snow on Her Lips by Aurora Guzzetti

Second Place: Anne’s Final Day by Naomi Fidler


Adult Non-Fiction

First Place: Dear Jennifer by Jennifer Tinker

Second Place: The Forgotten Voice by Ellen A Endter


Adult Fiction

First Place TIE: Birds that Sing in the Dark by Arwyn Sherman

First Place TIE: The Hunt by James M. Wright


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