Surrey Libraries is pleased to announce and congratulate the winners of the 2018 Surrey Libraries’ Young Adult Writing Contest. The winners were acknowledged at an Awards Gala on Wednesday, October 10 at City Hall Council Chambers.
The Young Adult Writing Contest is an annual writing competition for youth aged 12-18. Since launching the contest in 1987, Surrey Libraries has received over 5,850 entries from aspiring young writers across Surrey. The contest is free to enter and young writers submit entries to one of the three contest categories: short stories, poems, and comics.
“With more than 350 entries this year, our judges were challenged to select the winning entries,” explains Ellen Wu, Youth Services Librarian and contest coordinator. “Really, all the youth who entered the contest are to be congratulated for their courage and willingness to share their work for others to enjoy.”
“The Young Adult Writing Contest has been absolutely incredible. It’s increased my confidence in my writing – helping it get better, stronger. And, it’s also increased my confidence in myself,” says Peyton Swain, winner of first place in this year’s senior poetry category. “One of the big benefits of the contest is all the great people you meet here – the judges, the speakers, the librarians – they’re all fantastic contacts and you become part of the writing community in Surrey, which I love.”
This popular summer program is organized by the dynamic youth library staff at City Centre Library and prizes are supported through generous individuals and local businesses.
First time entrant, Kate Hiebert, 12, who received an honourable mention for her short story saw the contest information at her local library and thought, “Hey, this looks like it’s for me, so I’m going to try it.” She went home that same day and wrote the short story for the contest in 10 minutes. “When I found out I received an honourable mention for my story I was really nervous because I knew it meant having to go on stage in front of people – which is not my thing – but then I was happy.”
An anthology of the winners’ work will be available online or to check out from any Surrey Libraries branch. Copies can also be purchased for $8.00 for a limited time.