Our Children’s Library is pleased to announce the winners of the Annual Short Story Writing Contest. Stories were judged on their originality, appeal and writing style. Our judges, Mary Kinnas, Marilyn Manning and Bea Da Silva have served Pittsfield schools as English teachers for many years and appreciated all the stories submitted. Winning entries, Honorable Mentions and works of merit will be bound and added to the Athenaeum collection so community members may read and enjoy them!
The winners are:
Ages 7 – 8: 1st Place: Sydney Lalime, 2nd Place: Gabryela Y. Ortiz-Ramírez, Honorable Mention: Sebastian Dinsmore
Ages 9 – 10: 1st Place: Hannah J. Stroud, 2nd Place:Miles Cece, Honorable Mention: Ian Corbett
Ages 11 – 14: 1st Place: Autumn Sheldon, 2nd Place: Sarah Stroud, Honorable Mention: Lydia Loverin
Ages 15 – 18: 1st Place: Emma Lezberg, 2nd Place: Mary Ward, Honorable Mention: Charity Stroud
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 generous and continued support make this contest possible!
Winners will receive their awards at a reception at 1 pm on Friday, August 22, in the library auditorium. All contestants are invited to attend! Jenn Smith from the Berkshire Eagle will be our guest speaker and Mayor Dan Bianchi will be on hand to share a few words.