WriteRI ANNUAL COMPETITION
Co-created by School One and Goat Hill, Write Rhode Island's annual short fiction competition is open to all Rhode Island students grades 7-12. Each Fall, this flagship program offers students an opportunity to participate in workshops with a large creative community of writers throughout the state and to have their stories published in a high-quality print anthology. Winners are announced in March and honored at an awards ceremony at the Newport Art Museum.
We are all living in an extraordinary moment. Our normal routines have been dramatically altered. Most of us are at home. Schools are all online. Write Rhode Island asks the young people of our state to reflect on their experiences and tell us your stories. What are you seeing and doing? How have these changes affected your school and family life? What moments have you observed in the world around you?
We’re launching a flash non-fiction program that invites young people in grades 7-12 in the state of Rhode Island to reflect on their current experience during the Covid-19 outbreak. Submissions need to be 400 words or less. A reading panel will review every submission and propose entries for posting/online publication on the Write Rhode Island! Facebook page, website, and inclusion in the RICovidArchive.org, a digital archive co-managed by the Providence Public Library and Rhode Island Historical .
Send us a flash non-fiction reflection of 400 words or less that recounts some experience or examination of the changes in your daily life.
1) All submissions must be the written work of Rhode Island residents or students enrolled in Rhode Island schools in grades 7 through 12 or equivalent for the 2019-2020 academic year. Limited to one entry per person. Each entry must be an original and unpublished work.
2) Flash non-fiction submissions should be a true, non-fiction reflection on some experience or observation of the changes in your life and daily routine that have occurred during the Covid-19 outbreak, an extraordinary event that has changed the way we all live. Please keep in mind these will be published online to a wide audience. Be respectful of the privacy of others and change names, locations, and other identifying information where appropriate.
3) Submissions must be double-spaced, 12 pt font, no more than 400 words in length and submitted as a .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, or .txt file.
4) Submitters should include their name, the name of their school, and email address on the submission.5) Submissions must be completed and submitted by midnight Friday, May 15, 2020.
6) Writers are invited to submit one photograph that they have taken as a companion to their flash non-fiction piece. This is not required for submission.
All submissions will be included in RICovidArchive.org, a digital archive co-managed by the Providence Public Library and Rhode Island Historical Society. Selected submissions may be published online on Write Rhode Island!’s social media accounts, website, and in print publications.
Write Rhode Island’s Our Lives Now flash non-fiction program is a co-creation of School One and local authors Hester Kaplan and Taylor Polites.
*9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
*Students must apply to the program.
Contact Diana at School One for more details. firstname.lastname@example.org
Write Rhode Island hosts creative writing workshops for students in grades 7-12.
Eligible entries should be a short work of fiction incorporating Rhode Island as a theme, and must be received by midnight on December 2020.
- Each entry must be an original and unpublished work.
- Limit one entry per person.
- Please limit entries to 2500 words or less.
- Entries must be submitted electronically. All entries must be submitted through Submittable.
- The link to Submittable is active November 20 - December 8, 2019.
- All entrants will be emailed a list of the winners and an invitation to the awards ceremony.
- Entries will not be critiqued.
- Copyright of entries is retained by the writer, but the submitted copies of the entries shall become the property of Write Rhode Island. Write Rhode Island shall be granted rights, free of charge, to display, publish and otherwise use (in print and on the Internet) the submitted work as well as the first and last name and age/grade of each winner.
- Entries should not contain any personally identifiable information. Do not include your name, the name of your school or the name of your teacher on the pages on your story. Entries with personally identifiable information will be disqualified
2019 Write Rhode Island Winners
- Going Under, Andrew Ackroyd, Chariho High School
- Hope, Julie Vieira, Ponaganset High School
- Flying by Myself, Maya Joncas, St. Mary’s Academy-Bay View
- A New Chapter, Sierra Silversmith, Curtis Corner Middle School
2019 Write Rhode Island Notable Mention
- The Moonlighter, Kristel Calamba, Jacqueline M. Walsh School for Performing and Visual Arts
- Horse and Girl, Delia Tanzi Buchbaum, Quest Montessori
- The Gift of Gold, Isabel Blair, Quest Montessori
- Hope, Nicolette Kirwan, Archie R. Cole Middle School
- Changing Encounters, Isabel Swain, The Pennfield School
- An X-Shaped Scar, Lucy Colby, Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School
- Finding Family, Delaney Gouveia, The Pennfield School
- Zombies, Robots, and Stuff, Toshiro Brooks, Home Schooled (Pawtucket)
- Apparitions by the Shore, Abby Trainor, Smithfield High School
- The Unintentional Resurrection of Mercy Brown, Hallie Brown, Smithfield High School
- Fantasy Land, Corwin Almo, Classical High School
- Providence Palace, Caroline Sechio, West Warwick High School
- A Mirrored Memory, Violet Johnson, Barrington High School
- How We Met, Kayla Duvel, Barrington High School
- Sustainability, Catherine Sawoski, Wheeler School
- Ouroboros, Abigail Paull, Wheeler School
2018 Write Rhode Island State Winners
- Secrets, Secrets Are No Fun, Sam Read, Barrington High School
- Dream Pool, Rebecca Smith, Montessori Pathways of New England (Exeter)
- Unwelcome Guests, Amanda Woodard, Barrington High School
2018 Write Rhode Island Notable Mention
- Into the Light, Andrew Ackroyd, Chariho High School
- Give Me the Directions!, Diego Cante, St. Patrick Academy
- Dive In, Qwin Cute, Paul Cuffee Middle School
- A Retrace of Steps, Dominique DiSpirito, Woonsocket High School
- Toast Crumbs, Jane Freiman, Barrington High School
- Deeper Water, Eva Haan, Quest Montessori School
- My Italian Grandmother, Claire Hagerty, Wheeler School
- To Raise the Sea, Violet Johnson, Barrington High School
- Ayita’s Last Dance, Orli Juarez, Edward R. Martin Middle School
- Galaxy of the Land, Caroline Kramer, Riverside Middle School
- The Mighty American Dollar, Martin Lapczyk, Barrington Middle School
- My Life on Pell Bridge, Jillian Lombardi, Moses Brown School
- The Wooden Elephant, Marlaina MacDonald, Paul Cuffee Middle School
- Rhode Island Smalls, Emily Ornberg, Westerly Middle School
- Marie Nottingham, Caroline Sechio, West Warwick High School
- The 10 That Saved Nella, Marlin Severino, Segue Institute for Learning
- Through the Flames, Chloe Shilale, Chariho High School
2017 Write Rhode Island State Winners
- Nostalgia in Blue, Merissa Alfiero, Chariho High School
- Just the Beginning, Kiani Pope, The MET School
- Tiny Droplets of Change, Shana Wilson, Westerly High School
2017 Write Rhode Island “Honorable Mention”
- Edwin, Andrew Ackroyd, Chariho High School
- Faith’s Declaration, Haley Kaye, North Scituate High School
2017 Write Rhode Island “Notable Reads”
- Worlds, Eden Suthowski, Woonsocket High School
- From Here to Eternity, Kateri Bajer, LaSalle Academy (Cranston resident)
- The Jamestown Anomaly, Kevin Tierney, Chariho Regional High School
- Whenever They Asked, Avis Zane, St. George’s School
- Created Through Divine Providence, Benjamin Esposito, The Wheeler School (Little Compton resident)
- How We Fall, Audrey Buffi, Coventry High School
- Trick- Or- Treat, Gabrielle Bianco, The Prout School (Warwick resident)
- My Beautiful, Bright Red Hijab, Starlyn Diaz, Nowell Leadership Academy
- The Smuggler, Jasper White, School One (North Kingstown resident)
- The Essence of Humanity, Adrian Cardenas, Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts
- Of Quiet Places, James Lavoie, Ponagansett High School
- Henry, Frost Infante, Westerly Middle School
- Telephone, Rachel Kovach Fuentes, Barrington High School
“WriteRI had an incredible impact on the teens at Westerly Library. We're grateful for the opportunity we had to participate in such a great program!”
— Kelsey Matthews, Teen Librarian, Westerly Public Library
“The WriteRI workshops allow us to offer teens the opportunity to explore their voice, use their creative talents and imagination, and develop their writing skills with the help of a published author, right here in our library.”
— Linda Archetto, Head of Teen Services, Cranston Public Library
“I was blown away by the imagination, self-esteem and confidence displayed by young authors in the WriteRI competition. We are proud to partner with School One, to support students’ growth as writers.”
— Pawtucket Credit Union
“Fostering creative writing especially in young adults is critical to lifelong learning and an appreciation for all artistic mediums. Kudos to WriteRI!”
— Sponsor and Judge, Bank RI