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.

youthink_graphicEligibity: 

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

Submission Criteria:

Entries may be a story (ction or non-ction), 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 2016 is Future; 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 7, 2015. 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 Oce Box 40, Orinda, CA 94563) or emailed to info@orindajuniors.org by February 17, 2016.

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 condential until the winners are announced.

Prizes: First Place $250, Second Place $125, and ird Place $75, and ten honorable mentions gift certicates. Winners will be notied by mail and receive their prizes at an Awards Ceremony on April 21, 2016 from 6:00−7:00pm. The ceremony is open to the public and all family and friends are invited to attend.

The Orinda Juniors hosted the Youth Ink 2015 awards ceremony on April 23rd at the Orinda Library Auditorium. Youth Ink is an annual creative writing contest open to all sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students who live or attend school in Orinda. The Youth Ink 2015 prompt is Choices. This prompt was chosen because it encourages young writers to personalize their piece and lends well to an open style choice.

We had 48 entries this year. Our judges (a panel of local professional writers) were so impressed by the writing of these students, they chose to write their own personal note to all who entered. Here’s a snippet from one:

I would like all you Youth Ink writers to know how much I enjoyed reading your contributions. I was struck by your creativity, your ability to make me see things in new ways, and the way your pieces moved me emotionally. Your writing often used beautiful language and explored important themes, just like the adults writers with whom I work. Please keep writing! The fact that you had the courage and determination to write your piece, edit it, and submit it to a contest tells me that you have the passion and dedication necessary to become a life-long writer. If you keep developing this interest, everything you experience, think, and feel can find expression in your writing. It can become a powerful way of making sense of the world around you and of exploring, expressing and expanding yourself in ways you never dreamed possible. Your writing skills will help you not only in college and in your career, but in your personal journey as well. Thank you for giving me the chance to see the world through your eyes; write on and have fun!

—Cynthia Leslie-Bole

This year’s winners:

1st place ($250) – Katie Lyons – “Sinking Honor”
2nd place ($125) – Lindsay Kornguth – “A Deathly Dilemma”
3rd place ($75) – Nisha Andrews – “A Choice”

10 Honorable Mention (Gift certificates):
(not ranked, listed by last name in alphabetical order):

Olivia Eukel – “Perfect”
Dara Kazmierowski – “Skiing Like a Pro…or Maybe Not”
Sophia Kofoed – “The Warrior Within”
Amrita Pannu – “Rising Above the Waves”
Maddy Reynolds – “A Second Chance”
Maddie Robinson – “This is Me”
Emma Rust – “When the Waterlilies Bloom”
Elise Wilson – “The Guardian Angel”
Eva Winter – “Potatoes”
Clara Wu – Love is Blind”

youthink_graphicUpon the announcement of the 2015 Youth Ink writing contest , co-chairs Elizabeth Casey and Leigh Colburn talked with the Orinda News. Read their story online in the Orinda News (on page 15).

The 2015 Youth Ink writing contest is open to middle school students, grades 6th, 7th and 8th, who live in or attend an Orinda school. Entries may be a story (fiction or non-fiction), poem, or other form of creative writing, written specifically for the contest. The writing prompt for 2015 is Choices; however, you may write about anything you like—real or imaginary—adhere to the prompt or not! There is no limit to your imagination.