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2014 High School Writers Competition


Write On The River is pleased to congratulate Kimberly Smith of Eastmont High School for winning our 2014 High School Writers Competition for her short story, Violet Sleep and Steep Staircase.  Kimberly will receive a $100 cash reward, generously donated by former Write On The River Keynote Speaker and NY Times Bestselling author Chelsea Cain.  She will also be recognized at our Writing Conference May 16-18.

Kimberly Smith is a sophomore at Eastmont High School.  Writing is an integral part of her life, and creating stories is her favorite pastime.  Some day in the future, in a larger city, she’s hoping to try out screen and script writing as well as continue to write fiction.

We would also like to recognize our Honorable Mentions:  Edan Patterson of Wenatchee High School for The Fall of Orion, and Ella Hall of Liberty Bell High School for When the Snow Fell.  

Edan Patterson expects the first chapter of Orion (his competition submission) will grow into a much improved final draft after he attends this WOTR conference.  He is a sophomore at Wenatchee High School, actively involved in the DECA program.  Ella Hall has lived in the Methow Valley her entire life. When the Snow Fell was an honors project for English and is one of many short stories she has written. In elementary school it was an annual project to write and publish a small book, and this practice instilled an appreciation for writing.


The panel of six judges discussed at length several excellent pieces and commented on the overall maturity of the writing style and the depth of themes. This year’s entrants have written some involving and reader-grabbing fiction!  Thanks to all for submitting work to the competition.

We look forward to another great High School Writers Competition in 2015!



Some of our bright High School Talent!

Winner Kimberly Smith, 2013 winner and award presenter Bridget Dowd, Honorable Mention Edan Patterson (not pictured: Honorable Mention Ella Hall)