Fiction Writing Contests for teens
And the Winners Are…!
Marie Millard, First Place
“One for All”
Marie Millard teaches private music lessons, walks dogs, and writes songs and
fiction. She lives with her husband and daughter in beautiful Sonoma County. One
For All is her first novel.
Jan Edwards, Second Place
Jan Edwards was inspired to write a novel for young adults when her short story about teens was awarded first place by Redwood Writers last year. A member of the Mendocino branch, she will have a piece in the first Writers of the Mendocino Coast Anthology, At the Edge. Her published work includes political essays and a novel, Anarchist Farm. She struggle with metaphors on the Point Arena ridge assisted by her dog, Victor Hugo. To read the story, click Ghost Light.
Pamela Pizzimenti, Third Place
“When Blossoms Fall”
Pamela Pizzimenti is the author of the award winning young adult novel The River Whispers and is currently working on two more YA books. She was an educator for over 7 years, where she enjoyed learning from her students what kinds of stories and themes young adults enjoy reading. She received her BA in Mass Communications from California State University, East Bay. Prior to becoming a teacher, she was a radio personality for seven years in California’s central valley under the name Kellie McCoy. To read the story, click When Blossoms Fall.
Contest Chair: Natasha Yim
Natasha Yim is an author, freelance writer, and playwright. Her picture book, Otto’s Rainy Day (Charlesbridge Publishing) was a Kids’ Pick of the Lists selection. She has published articles in Highlights for Children, Appleseeds, and Faces magazines, and her ten-minute plays have been performed in venues around Northern California, Los Angeles, and Sydney, Australia. Her picture book biography, Cixi, The Dragon Empress, was released by Goosebottom Books ( in fall 2011. Natasha’s upcoming books, Sacajawea of the Shoshone (Goosebottom Books) is due out in fall 2012, and Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas (Charlesbridge Publishing) is slated for a January 2014 release.
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