Winners of the Young Adult Writing Contest Announced

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Friday, Oct 06, 2017

Surrey’s Got Talent!
Winners from Surrey Libraries’ 30th Anniversary Young Adult Writing Contest

(Surrey, B.C.) Drum roll… introducing the winners of Surrey Libraries’ 2017 Young Adult Writing Contest!

The winners were acknowledged at the Awards Gala on Friday, October 6 at City Hall Council Chambers. 2017 is a milestone year, as the contest turns thirty, and continues to bring out the best in creative writing from the youth in our community.

A unique addition to celebrate the contest’s entry into its fourth decade is the category of memoir, inviting teens to write about what shapes who they are today. This creative non-fiction category, alongside the traditional poetry, short story, and comics genres, drew a record number of works entered. “With almost 400 entries this year, our judges were challenged to select only 24 winning entries,” explains Ellen Wu, Contest coordinator. “The judges offer congratulations to every single teen who entered the contest for the courage and willingness to share their work for others to enjoy.”

The Contest would not be possible without the sponsors and dedicated judges from the community.

“I am pleased to support and celebrate the 30th anniversary of Surrey Libraries Young Adult Writing Contest. I am always inspired by the maturity and writing talent of Survey's youth, and look forward to someday enjoying a book written by one of them,” shares donor, Beth Barlow.

You can enjoy the anthology of winners’ works online or check out a copy from any Surrey Libraries branch.

For inquiries/interview requests: 
Ellen Wu
Youth Services Librarian & Project Coordinator, 604-598-7436

Or Namrit Uppal
Marketing & Communications Supervisor



1st Prize. Thoughts by Jenna Hill
2nd Prize. Miss Goldfish by Camille Retuya
3rd Prize. The Rock by Jaden Lee
Honourable Mention. Cinnamon Rolls by Gaganpreet Sangha

junior poetry (Ages 12 – 14)

1st Prize. The Voice, the Chains and Jamie Quake by Matthew Hiebert
2nd Prize. Glass Full by Mehroop Saini
3rd Prize. Meet Timmy by Amanda Lauridsen
Honourable Mention. Impoverished by Rafi Arnouk

senior poetry (Ages 15 – 18)

1st Prize. Picking Blueberries by Shaheen Virk
2nd Prize. Once by Erin Kroi
3rd Prize. View from the 10th Floor Window of a Hotel in Beijing by Jasmine Zhang
Honourable Mention. Lake Superior by Monica Nam

junior short stories (Ages 12 – 14)

1st Prize. Voyagers by Linda Bian
2nd Prize. The Crow’s Feather by Ava Popowitz
3rd Prize. The Fable of the Cat, the Monkey and the Chestnuts by Levi Giesbrecht
Honourable Mention. Dream Catcher by Audrey Kemp

senior short stories (Ages 15 – 18)

1st Prize. Perception by Aidan Galan
2nd Prize. The Aftermath of Constellations by Linda Xia
3rd Prize. A Crowning Choice by Peyton Swain
Honourable Mention. Sector 209 by Coralie Tcheune


1st Prize. Ode to an Eating Disorder by Kaitlyn Netherton
2nd Prize. Parisian Picnic by Mattias Tome
3rd Prize. I am a Girl by Muskan Guglani
Honourable Mention. Larger Than Life: A Life Story by Peyton Swain