We are pleased to announce Youth Ink 2021 writing contest launches on Tuesday, December 1, 2020!  The Youth Ink writing contest was created to support the literary arts among young people in the Orinda community, Youth Ink is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who live in Orinda or attend an Orinda school.

Entries must be a story (fiction or non-fiction), poem, or other creative writing form; presented in English, and written specifically for the contest and without teacher or parent involvement. Entries must be 750 words or less. Submissions will be evaluated on content, clarity, structure, and originality.

Prompt

The writing prompt for 2021 is Hope; however, you may write about anything you like—real or imaginary—adhere to the prompt or not! There is no limit to your imagination.

To Enter

Contest opens December 1, 2020, and closes on February 26, 2021.

Download a Youth Ink 2021 entry form.

Entries will only be accepted via email. Email your entry to oyouthink@gmail.com with the following:

  • Completed entry form. Make sure to include all required information in your submission.
  • PDF of entry submission. We will not accept Google doc, Word doc, or any other format. The contestant name must be listed in a header on the top right corner of every page.

Once you have submitted your entry, you will receive a receipt notification from oyouthink@gmail.com to confirm your entry was successfully submitted.

Prizes

First Place $250, Second Place $125, and Third Place $75, and ten honorable mentions gift certificates. Winners will be notified by mail and receive their prizes in April.

Contest Sponsors

The contest is organized and run by the Orinda Junior Women’s Club, with additional financial sponsorship provided by Friends of the Orinda Library, The Intuitive Writing Project, Lamorinda Arts Council, and Orinda Community Foundation.

The Orinda Junior Women’s Club is pleased to announce the winners of Youth Ink 2020, the annual creative writing contest open to all middle school students who live in or attend school in Orinda. This year’s prompt was The Gift, though entrants were welcomed to write on the theme of their choice. We are pleased to announce this year’s top three prize winners:

1st Place: Kaylin Chang, Bright as the Sun

2nd Place: Emma Wong, Jin’s Gift

3rd Place: Holly Carysforth, East

In addition, we’d like to acknowledge the honorable mentions for their commendable entries:

Carson Blair                    The Gift

Kaia Bonham                  Bea

Josslyn Grover                Song of Life

Pateel Haroupian          The Monarch Butterflies Plead for Our Help

Indie Lee                         A Well of Memories

Jewel Mendiola              The Gift

Hana Shukairy                The Everlasting Break

Elise Vansant                  Four Words

Jason Wagner                 The Gift of Immigrants

Jialei Zhang                     Home at Last

The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place recipients received cash prizes of $250, $125, and $75, respectively.   The Honorable Mention recipients received gift certificates to our local Orinda Books.

While we usually celebrate Youth Ink writers at a springtime awards ceremony, given the circumstances of our global pandemic, we were unable to meet in person this year.  We thank all of our entrants for sharing their talents with us.  We are also very thankful to our Youth Ink volunteer judges, who thoughtfully provided time and expertise in reading each entry and contemplating this year’s winners among a stellar pool of entries. This year’s judges were Sally Bolger, Cynthia Leslie-Bole, Michelle Meyers and Colleen Weems.

Lastly, we’d like to thank our community sponsors who have enabled the Orinda Junior Women’s Club to offer this year’s Youth Ink writing contest to Orinda middle schoolers with their financial support: Friends of the Orinda Library, The Intuitive Writing Project, Lamorinda Arts Council and Orinda Community Foundation.

 

We are pleased to announce Youth Ink 2020 writing contest launches on Monday, December 2, 2019!  The Youth Ink writing contest was created to support the literary arts among young people in the Orinda community, Youth Ink is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who live in Orinda or attend an Orinda school.

Entries must be a story (fiction or non-fiction), poem, or other creative writing form; presented in English, and written specifically for the contest and without teacher or parent involvement. Entries must be 750 words or less. Submissions will be evaluated on content, clarity, structure, and originality.

Prompt

The writing prompt for 2020 is The Gift; however, you may write about anything you like—real or imaginary—adhere to the prompt or not! There is no limit to your imagination.

To Enter

Contest opens December 2, 2019, and closes on February 28, 2020.

Download a Youth Ink 2020 entry form.

Entries will only be accepted via email. Email your entry to oyouthink@gmail.com with the following:

  • Completed entry form. Make sure to include all required information in your submission.
  • PDF of entry submission. We will not accept Google doc, Word doc, or any other format. The contestant name must be listed in a header on the top right corner of every page.

Once you have submitted your entry, you will receive a receipt notification from oyouthink@gmail.com to confirm your entry was successfully submitted.

Prizes

First Place $250, Second Place $125, and Third Place $75, and ten honorable mentions gift certificates. Winners will be notified by mail and receive their prizes at an Awards Ceremony in April. The ceremony is open to the public and all family and friends are invited.

Contest Sponsors

The contest is organized and run by the Orinda Junior Women’s Club, with additional financial sponsorship provided by Friends of the Orinda Library, The Intuitive Writing Project, Lamorinda Arts Council, and Orinda Community Foundation.

Congratulations to all of the winners of the 2019 YouthInk writing contest! This year, over 40 Orinda middle school students submitted entries inspired by the writing prompt “It Matters.” We are proud to announce the winners of contest for 2019:

2019 WINNERS

First Place ($250): 
Eloise Anagnost, The Girl in the Box

Second Place ($125): 
Holly Carysforth, Free?

Third Place ($75): 
Kirsten Parker, Hidden

Honorable Mention: (alphabetical order)

Mia Balonick, The Highway

Kaylin Chang, The Power of Words

Audrey Dugan, Safe

Josslyn Grover, Flying Free

Indie Lee, Onwards

Tahra Minowada, The Sound of Nothing

Jade Peng, Paper Promises

Chiara Sponzilli, Everything In This World Matters

Hazel Weiner, The Way Things Used to Be

Jialei Zhang, Playing It By Heart

We are pleased to announce Youth Ink 2019 writing contest launches on Monday, December 3, 2018!  The Youth Ink writing contest was created to support the literary arts among young people in the Orinda community, Youth Ink is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who live in Orinda or attend an Orinda school.

Entries must be a story (fiction or non-fiction), poem, or other creative writing form; presented in English, and written specifically for the contest and without teacher or parent involvement. Entries must be 750 words or less. Submissions will be evaluated on content, clarity, structure, and originality.

Prompt

The writing prompt for 2019 is It Matters; however, you may write about anything you like—real or imaginary—adhere to the prompt or not! There is no limit to your imagination.

To Enter

Contest opens December 3, 2018 and closes on February 15, 2019.

Download a Youth Ink 2019 entry form.

Entries will only be accepted via email. Email your entry to oyouthink@gmail.com with the following:

  • Completed entry form. Make sure to include all required information in your submission.
  • PDF of entry submission. We will not accept Google doc, Word doc, or any other format. Contestant name must be listed in a header on top right corner of every page.

Once you have submitted your entry, you will receive a receipt notification from oyouthink@gmail.com to confirm your entry was successfully submitted.

Prizes

First Place $250, Second Place $125, and Third Place $75, and ten honorable mentions gift certificates. Winners will be notified by mail and receive their prizes at an Awards Ceremony in April. The ceremony is open to the public and all family and friends are invited.

Contest Sponsors

The contest is organized and run by the Orinda Junior Women’s Club, with additional financial sponsorship provided by Friends of the Orinda Library, the Lamorinda Arts Council, and Orinda Community Foundation.

 

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The Orinda Juniors are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Youth Ink writing contest.  The winners will be honored at an award ceremony at the Orinda Library auditorium on April 19, 2018, featuring guest speaker Elizabeth Perlman– the founder and Executive Director of The Intuitive Writing Project, a writing-based empowerment program for teenage girls.

First Prize, $250:
Malayna Chang, OIS, Run My Life

Second Prize, $125:
Kate Laudy, Athenian School, Eleven

Third Prizes, $75:
Jarret Zundel, OIS, Waterfall

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order) received gift certificates from Orinda Books:

  • Eloise Anagnost, The Silent Angels
  • Mia Balonick, My World Disturbed
  • Nick Blair,Goodbye
  • Devon Bradley, Yusra Mardini’s Choice
  • Kaylin Chang, The World of a Rock
  • Lukas Hendriks, My Sugar Bowl World
  • Olivia Huynh, Clementine Grace
  • Kiara Kofoed, The Man with the Black Cape
  • Astrid Olsson, Sunday Morning
  • Jade Peng, A New Land of Oz

The Orinda Juniors would like to give special thanks to

Our Judges:

John Inouye
Cynthia Leslie-Bole
Scott Ostler
Elizabeth Perlman
Chrissa Ventrelle

And Our Sponsors:

Orinda Community Foundation
Friends of the Orinda Library
Lamorinda Arts Council

 

Youth Ink Writing Contest - 2018 Theme: My World

The Youth Ink writing contest was created to support the literary arts among young people in the Orinda community, Youth Ink is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who live in Orinda or attend an Orinda school.

Entries must be a story (fiction or non-fiction), poem, or other creative writing form; presented in English, and written specifically for the contest and without teacher or parent involvement. Submissions will be evaluated on content, clarity, structure, and originality.

Prompt

The writing prompt for 2018 is My World; however, you may write about anything you like—real or imaginary—adhere to the prompt or not! There is no limit to your imagination.

To Enter

Contest opens December 4, 2017 and closes on February 14, 2018. Download a Youth Ink 2018 Entry Forms, or obtain a hard copy at local schools or the Orinda Library. Contest rules and submission information can be found on the entry form.

Prizes

First Place $250, Second Place $125, and Third Place $75, and ten honorable mentions gift certificates. Winners will be notified by mail and receive their prizes at an Awards Ceremony on April 19, 2018. The ceremony is open to the public and all family and friends are invited.

Contest Sponsors

The contest is organized and run by the Orinda Junior Women’s Club, with additional financial sponsorship provided by Friends of the Orinda Library, the Lamorinda Arts Council, and Orinda Community Foundation.

 

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Friends and families gathered at the Orinda Library auditorium for the presentation of the 2017 Youth Ink Awards.  This year, over 45 Orinda middle school students submitted entries inspired by the writing prompt 60 Seconds. Many of the young authors read their essays, and guest speaker, MJ Marggraff spoke to the crowd.

The Orinda Junior Women’s Club is pleased to announce the winners of our annual Youth Ink Writing Contest:

First Place ($250):
Kirstin Parker, OIS, So Long, So Short

Second Place ($125):
Kate Laudy, Athenian School, The Last Minute

Third Place ($75):
Lydia Gant, OIS, Sixty Seconds of an Anxiety Attack
Kali Sharma, OIS, Leaving the Life You Love

Honorable Mention:

(alphabetical order)

Mia Balonick, 60 Seconds to Live

Devon Bradley, A Dream

Malayna Chang, Pen Pals

Annika Gubser, Worlds Within Words

Audrey Lambert, See You Later Alligator

Zoey C. Patterson, Flammable

Maxine Pollock, Small Steps

Kelsey Viadro, Breaking Free

Abby Wallach, Inspired

Lily Wood, Awed by Abe

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2017 Youth Ink: 60 Seconds

Eligibity: 

The contest is open to middle school students (6th, 7th and 8th grade), who live in Orinda or attend an Orinda school.

Submission Criteria:

Entries may be a story (fiction or non-fiction), poem, or other form of creative writing, written specically for the contest and without teacher or parent involvement. All entries must be written in English. Submissions will be evaluated on the following items: content, clarity, structure, and originality.

Contest Prompt: 

The writing prompt for 2017 is 60 Seconds; however, you may write about anything you like—real or imaginary—adhere to the prompt or not! There is no limit to your imagination.

Entry:

Contest opens December 5, 2016. One entry per student. Download an entry form here. There is no fee to participate. All submissions must be 750 words or less, typed, and double-spaced. Contestant names should appear on the top right-hand corner of each page and the completed entry form must be stapled to your submission. Winning submissions may be posted for the public and re-printed in local papers. Entries must be delivered and postmarked (Orinda Junior Women’s Club, Post Office Box 40, Orinda, CA 94563) or emailed to info@orindajuniors.org by February 15, 2017.

Judging:

The entries will be judged by a panel of local, professional, and best-selling authors, writers, reporters, and children’s book editors. The judges will evaluate submissions and select the winners. The judges will remain confidentdential until the winners are announced.

Prizes: First Place $250, Second Place $125, and Third Place $75, and ten honorable mentions gift certicates. Winners will be notied by mail and receive their prizes at an Awards Ceremony on April 20, 2067 from 6:00−7:00pm. The ceremony is open to the public and all family and friends are invited to attend.

On April 21, the Orinda Junior Women’s Club presented the winners of our annual Youth Ink Writing Contest. This year, 46 Orinda middle school students submitted entries inspired by the writing prompt Future.  We are proud to announce the winners of contest for 2016:

2016 WINNERS

1st Place: Julia Sato Bridge: (Noun) [brij]
2nd Place: Cecily Bartsch – My Future
3rd Place: Deborah Jung – One Half of Us

Honorable Mention:
(alphabetical order)

Nisha Andrews – Once Upon A Time
Alison Gan – A Turing Test
Tess Hornbeck – When Morning Comes
Sophia Kofoed – Flying to the Stars and Back
Amrita Pannu – A New Role Model
Ilana Rubin – Life
Natalie Sovocool – Et Respice Finem
Lauren Staelin – For Alanna
Tenley Thompson – A Life of Expression
Eva Winter – Narnia

Our evening concluded with a talk with our special guest speaker, Maura Wolf.