Left to right, front, Ryland Hoit, Marian Rognaldson, Katelyn Bennett, Aria Hoit, Samuel R. Meyer, Carolyn Fish, and Maggie Holloway; middle, Sarah Lyn Henke, Tiffanie Roth, Mikalynn Amos, Grace Bailey, Dove Lightner. Samantha K. Link, and D’Andre Dupin; back, M. Linda Donnelly, Garrett Oetken, Emma Ployhar, Faithe Christensen, Susannah Patterson, Tina Rodeen, and Kaye Thornbrugh. Not pictured: Dylan May, Wyatt Holloway, Macy DuCoeur, Betty Poteet, Olivia Heisey, and Alison Crannery.
The winners of the 2012 Writers Competition at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library were announced Saturday, May 19, in a ceremony at the library.Prizes funded by grants from the Friends of the Library and the Coeur d’Alene Kiwanis Club were presented to winners in two categories in age groups ranging from 6 to adult. Prizes are $100 for first, $50 for second, and $25 for third. In the case of ties duplicate prizes are awarded.
Former Library Director Julie Meier began the competition – now in its 24th year – with the goal of discovering great writers in our midst, to provide young writers an outlet for their work, and to encourage excellence in writing. The entries are judged by professional writers, editors, and educators.
Each year all entries in the competition – not only the winners – are included in professionally bound volumes added to the library’s collection.
Winners, their hometown, and the title of their entry for 2012 were:
►6-8 Fiction: (Single entry) Honorable Mention, Alison Crannery, Coeur d’Alene, “Buddy’s Adventure.”
►9-11 Fiction: First, Dove Lightner, Hayden, “Where Has the Day Gone? ;” Second, Samuel R. Meyer, Rathdrum, “Legends of Gormania;” Third, Grace Bailey, Coeur d’Alene, “The Girl Who Turned Into Cookie Dough.”
►12-14 Fiction: First, Emma Ployhar, Coeur d’Alene, “The Girl Named Cosmos;” Second (tie) , D’Andre Dupin, Coeur d’Alene, “Inside the Dream;” Second (tie) , Garrett Oetken, Coeur d’Alene, “The Inside Man;” Third, Samantha K. Link, Coeur d’Alene, “Bullet Catch.”
►15-18 Fiction: First, Olivia Heisey, Coeur d’Alene, “Game of Concentration;” Second (tie), Mikalynn Amos, Athol, “Off the Page;” Second (tie), Faithe Christensen, Coeur d’Alene, “Call for Help;” Third, Olivia Heisey, Coeur d’Alene, “Fool Moon.”
►19-Plus Fiction: First, Kaye Thornbrugh, Hayden, “Gruff;” Second, Tina Rodeen, Spokane, “She Could Have;” Third, Susannah Patterson, Tensed, “Daydreamers Anonymous.”
►6-8 Nonfiction: First, Katelyn Bennett, Hayden, “Put the Bucket Down;” Second, Marian Rognaldson, Worley, “Ferdinand on the Farm;” Third, Ryland Hoit, Hayden, “The Life of a Snow Leopard.”
►9-11 Nonfiction: First, Wyatt Holloway, Coeur d’Alene, “My Grandpa, the Hero;” Second (tie), Samuel R. Meyer, Rathdrum, “The Late Spring Fall;” Second (tie), Dylan May, Coeur d’Alene, “The Trapped Whale;” Third, Aria J. Hoit, Hayden, “The Camping Experience.”
►12-14 Nonfiction: First, Macy DuCoeur, Coeur d’Alene, “My Rosie Days;” Second, Maggie Holloway, Coeur d’Alene, “The Motorcade Mishap;” Third, Carolyn Fish, Worley, “Our Idaho Adventure.”
►15-18 Nonfiction: First, Mikalynn Amos, Athol, “Psychological Capacity of Cetaceans;” Second, Sarah Lyn Henke, Rathdrum, “Music of the Passionate;” Third (tie), Sarah Lyn Henke, Rathdrum, “Tales of Old;” Third (tie), Tiffanie Roth, Coeur d’Alene, “One in This World.”
►19-Plus Nonfiction: First, M. Linda Donnelly, Spokane, “The Short Life of Funeral Flowers;” Second, Betty J. Poteet, Hayden, “Lost in a Heartache;” Third, Christiana Hale, Post Falls, “Memoirs of a File Clerk.”