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2013 High School Writers’ Competition

2013 Write On The River High School Writers’ Competition Winners Announced!

Our judges were so impressed by all the outstanding entries in this year’s Chelsea Cain High School Writers’ Competition.  This is truly a talented area, with a bright future.  Thanks to all our brave entrants, and a hearty congratulations to the winners below!

First Place and $100 prize: Finding Mr. Weston by Bridget Dowd   Click Here to Read Bridget’s Winning Entry

Honorable Mention: No More Lies by Whitney Killoran    Click Here to Read Whitney’s Entry

Honorable Mention: Our Unsymmetrical House by Kimberly Smith     Click Here to Read Kimberly’s Entry


BRIDGET DOWD, a junior at Wenatchee High School, is active in journalism as a reporter and currently news editor of the school paper. Her work has been published in the Wenatchee World. She said, ”I have always loved to write and have fallen even more in love with it in the past few years.” This is her first fiction piece outside of classroom assignments.

WHITNEY KILLORAN, who is a junior at Eastmont High School, reads fantasy fiction filled with werewolves and magic, but prefers to write mystery and edgy suspense stories, as well as poetry. A former student ambassador to Misawa, Japan, she’d eventually like to open a bakery, and though writing is just a casual hobby now, she thinks, “maybe I will continue writing and do both.”

KIMBERLY SMITH is a freshman at Eastmont Junior High School, and declared she has always been a story teller, finding “a small bit of inspiration from friends, family, a song or even just the dust gathering on old memories.” She has a longer fiction work still in progress, but described writing her mentioned piece in a four-hour burst of “frenzied, almost obsessive” energy.