A writing contest was announced late last year as a collaboration between Carnegie Public Library, the Record-Herald, and local author Margaret Peterson Haddix — submissions are in and winners will be announced next week!
Margaret Peterson Haddix, internationally-acclaimed New York Times best-selling author for tweens and teens, is from Fayette County and graduated from Miami Trace. Every year, she visits Carnegie Public Library to give a scoop on her newest books, but with the pandemic, it was decided to hold a writing contest instead of having an in-person visit.
Fayette County students were invited to participate in the writing contest where the participants make up a story using all 46 titles of Haddix’s books. It was not necessary to capitalize the title of the books, just use the titles as part of the narrative. To participate, students were supposed to submit a one to two-page story.
The rules weren’t completely followed by every submission, but while that was taken into account, judges did not want to disqualify great stories for one or two misunderstandings.
The judges who read the submissions did not have knowledge of the writer or school that submitted the stories. The stories were initially whittled down to six, and the top three were then chosen.
While Haddix was not personally involved in judging, she will read the top three stories that the judges have selected. The second and third place authors will receive their favorite autographed MPHaddix book. The grand prize winner will receive five autographed books of their choice.
The top six stories were chosen in the contest and are by the following authors:
-Mason Haslett of Miami Trace Elementary School
-Elliott Hatton of Miami Trace Elementary School: “Exciting Road Trip”
-Sarah Whitney of Miami Trace Elementary School: “Ella’s Adventures”
-Cambria Wary and Coree Johnson of Washington Court House City Schools: “Ella’s Palace of Mirrors”
-Haylee Corbin, Ashlynn Milam and Akira Wilson of Washington Court House City Schools: “The infectious”
-Amaya Cassidy, Emmersyn Fredrick, Lily Clevenger, Sophia Fryer and Soren Sedlmeyer: “Rotation Royalty”
The top three winners out of the above will be announced next week along with the grand prize winner’s story being published in the Record-Herald!