School One and Goat Hill are pleased to announce the winning entries of Rhode Island’s only short fiction writing competition for students. Competition was stiff this year, with over more 140 story submissions from students in grades 7-12 from all across Rhode Island.
School One has long been known as an innovative high school with strong arts and humanities programs. After-school and on the weekends, School One offers a wealth of creative writing opportunities for School One students and teens in Rhode Island and beyond.
Jennifer Borman, Head of School at School One, explains, “Write Rhode Island spurred teen writers from across the state to take creative risks and channel their imaginations onto the page. The stories show real range and complexity.”
Goat Hill’s Hester Kaplan, and Taylor Polites judged the 10th through 12th grade stories, while Marlon Carey and Jeff Hirsh, aided by Polites, made the picks for the 7th through 9th grade round. All stories are judged as blind submissions—none of our judges know the names or schools of the submitters.
When asked about the judging process, Goat Hill said, “We are impressed every year by the passion and imagination the young writers of our state bring to the stories they tell, and we are thrilled to honor their work and creative spirit through Write Rhode Island. But we don’t do it alone–over forty volunteer readers helped us judge the stories along with these great new judges for the 7th-9th grade stories, making the entire program an act of statewide writing community.”