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Winners announced in Bainbridge Student Writing Contest

Pictured are the four judges and the eight students who were finalists for their short stories in the fifth annual Bainbridge Student Writing Contest. In front from left, Martha Brockenbrough, Shawn Christean (“Untitled”), Natan Atherton-Schacht (“Monster Hats”), Kate Lollman (“Treasure Island”), Lola White (“Chickens on a Hot Day”), Ben Chapman (“Revenge of the Bain”), Lilly Stewart (“Alpha”). In back, Kevin Emerson, George Shannon, Will Patrick (“Franken-Dine”) and Suzanne Selfors. Not pictured, Leah Potter (“Too Much Tongue”).  - Photo courtesy of Suzanne Selfors
Pictured are the four judges and the eight students who were finalists for their short stories in the fifth annual Bainbridge Student Writing Contest. In front from left, Martha Brockenbrough, Shawn Christean (“Untitled”), Natan Atherton-Schacht (“Monster Hats”), Kate Lollman (“Treasure Island”), Lola White (“Chickens on a Hot Day”), Ben Chapman (“Revenge of the Bain”), Lilly Stewart (“Alpha”). In back, Kevin Emerson, George Shannon, Will Patrick (“Franken-Dine”) and Suzanne Selfors. Not pictured, Leah Potter (“Too Much Tongue”).
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Suzanne Selfors

The fifth annual Bainbridge Student Writing Contest has announced the winners in the short story writing competition.

The winners are Shawn Christean (“Untitled”), Natan Atherton-Schacht (“Monster Hats”), Kate Lollman (“Treasure Island”), Lola White (“Chickens on a Hot Day”), Ben Chapman (“Revenge of the Bain”), Lilly Stewart (“Alpha”), Will Patrick (“Franken-Dine”) and Leah Potter (“Too Much Tongue”).

The Bainbridge Student Writing Contest is an annual event started by local author Suzanne Selfors.

Each year, students from the island and Kitsap County are invited to write a short story and $50 gift certificates were awarded to eight finalists to purchase books at local independent bookstores, because one of the best ways to become a better writer is to read as much as possible.

The motivation behind the contest is to support young voices and to encourage creative writing.

Eagle Harbor Books has been the host each year, providing a space for the award ceremony.

This year marked two new additions to the contest; the inclusion of the high school category, and the guest judges, each a local author for children and teens.

Plans are underway for the 2014 contest, which will have a name change to The Bainbridge Student Writing Festival. Other changes will include the creation of scholarships for juniors and seniors and a way to exhibit the final stories.

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