The Berkshire Athenaeum’s Children’s Library is pleased to announce the winners of the Annual Short Story Writing Contest. This marks the 35th year for the Children’s Short Story Contest and 16th year for the Young Adult Short Story Contest. Stories were judged on their originality, appeal and writing style. We appreciate all the stories submitted in the five categories ages 5 to 18. Winning entries, Honorable Mentions and works of merit will be bound and added to the collection of the Berkshire Athenaeum, so that community members may read and enjoy them!
And the winners are:
- Ages 5 – 6:
1st Place: Sandhya Ganesh
2nd Place : Simma Krantz
- Ages 7 – 8:
1st Place: Ian Corbett
2nd Place: Holden Loverin
Honorable Mention: Sydney Lalime
- Ages 9 – 10:
1st Place: Hunter Street
2nd Place: Evan Petruzella
Honorable Mention: Clarise Seguin
- Ages 11 – 14:
1st Place: Lydia Loverin
2nd Place: Jenna Crosier
Honorable Mention: Katherine Wilson
- Ages 15 – 18:
1st Place: Charity Stroud
2nd Place: Olivia D’Agostino
Honorable Mention: Casey Petruzella
All 1st Place winners will receive a $35.00 cash prize; all 2nd Place winners will receive a $25.00 cash prize; and all Honorable Mention winners will receive a $20.00 cash prize. Prizes are donated by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum, whose ongoing generous support makes this contest possible!
The Short Story Contest Awards Ceremony & Reception will be held on Friday, August 23rd at 1 PM in the Berkshire Athenaeum Auditorium. Special Guest Speaker and Local Author Ty Allan Jackson and Pittsfield Mayor Dan Bianchi will be present awards. Winners, family members, and all participating Short Story authors are welcome!
…And a very special thanks to our Judges Bea DaSilva, Marilyn Manning, and Mary Kinnas! We appreciate their hard work!