To help foster creative thinking among the next wave of emerging writers, Chesterfield Arts sponsors various writing contests throughout the year for virtually every age.
2013 Phyllis Corbet High School and Middle School Writing Contest
More than 70 middle and high school students participated in the 2013 contest! First through third place winners were announced and asked to read their winning original pieces at a special Awards Event on December 11, 2013, at The Gallery at Chesterfield Arts, 444 Chesterfield Center.
2013 High School Theme: Repurposing. In these days of environmental and resource concerns, we look to repurpose many of the things we use. With a dash of creativity, one might turn a milk carton into a watering can, or a rusty tin into a wind chime. Students were asked to repurpose a poem into another poem or a piece of short fiction. Using a poem from the specified source material (included in the Guidelines), students were tasked with writing a new poem or piece of short fiction that shares its theme, or "reuses" one of its phrases, metaphors or similes.
Judges: Edward Scott Ibur, John Ryan
HIGH SCHOOL FINALISTS
1st Place: Michelle Harrison, Watercoloring / Parkway South High School
2nd Place: John Miller, The Watcher / Priory
3rd Place: Sharanya Kumar, Whispering Shadows / Parkway Central High School
Ramzi Hadad, Silence / Priory
Michel Ge, Fast Comes the Evening / MICDS
Katherine Estep, When Beautiful was Lost / Parkway South High school
2013 Phyllis Corbet Middle School Writing Contest
This is the second year for our Middle School Writing Contest, which is open to middle school students in grades 6 through 8 who live in St. Louis City or St. Louis County.
2013 Middle School Theme: Bring History to Life! Students were asked to create a story from family history - a story from before birth. The story could be humorous, tragic or inspirational' a story of courage, adventure, or anything the student found interesting about his/her family's past.
Judges: Vicki Berger-Erwin, Dorris Keeven-Franke
MIDDLE SCHOOL FINALISTS
1st Place: Amy Tishler, The Silver Spoon / Wydown Middle School
2nd Place: Keizo Sullivan, Fiery Flashback / LaSalle Springs Middle School
3rd Place: Wil Welch, The Indomitable Mr. Hastings / Wydown Middle School
Sruthi Ainapurapu, The Immigrants / Crestview Middle School
Preethi Sriraman, The Compound Wall / Crestview Middle School
Ainslee Stroup, The Obsession / Steger Sixth Grade Center
Thank you to the following 2013 participating middle schools: Wydown Middle School, Parkway West Middle School, Steger Sixth Grade Center, LaSalle Springs Middle School and Crestview Middle School