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Young Writers Contest Winners


Live Oak Public Libraries is pleased to announce the winners of its 2013 Savannah Children’s Book Festival (SCBF) Young Writers Contest. This is the tenth year of the annual writing competition. Entrants range in age from students in kindergarten to college, and attend public, private and home schools.

This year the young writers were asked to select at least five words from a list that was drawn from work by this year’s Savannah Children’s Book Festival featured authors and illustrators. There was no restriction on form, and their poems ranged from haiku to sonnets and beyond.

We thank our 2013 contest judges for their willingness to share their time and expertise with us. They are:
Elaine Briney; Nancy Cvetan; Lynne Davis; Meaghan Walsh Gerard; Katherine Johnson; Anne Katz; Janet Langford; Emily Ce Miller; Sandrae McCorkle; Kasey Ray Stokes; and Patricia Tucker.

This year’s contest winners are invited to a reception in their honor on Tuesday, November 12, at 5:30 p.m. at the City of Savannah’s Dept. of Cultural Affairs, 9 W. Henry St. They will read their winning entries, meet the judges, and receive their awards at that time. The public is invited to attend.

The judges’ selections for the winning entries in the 2013 Young Writers Contest are:

Grades K – 2
First Place
“A Mighty Volcano” by Laila Aziz, Grade 1, Home School

Second Place
“Loosing A Tooth” by Elijah Vaz, Grade 2, West Chatham Elementary School

Third Place
“Winter” by Duncan Hodges, Grade 2, Hesse K-8 School

Grades 3 through 5
First Place
"Kitty Plunge", by Ian Palfreyman, Grade 4, Charles Ellis Montessori Academy

Second Place
"Summer" by Danielle Rhodes, Grade 5, Savannah Christian Academy

Third Place
"Monsters of the Night" by Kennedy Bass, Grade 5, Richmond Hill

Grades 6 through 8
First Place
“As I Write to You in My Diary” by Jamari Myers, Grade 8, DeRenne Middle School

Second Place
“Breeze” by Mary Aupperle, Grade 8, Home School

Third Place
“Winter” by Mar’Tesha Kennedy, Grade 8, Oglethorpe Charter School

Grade 9 through 12
First Place
"Jackie and the Beanstalk" by Logan McDonald, Grade 10, Home School

Second Place
“Bravery” by Ryan Cooper, Grade 11, Home School

Third Place
“Fall of 1963” by Clarence Mitchell, Grade 12, Robert W. Groves High School

Honorable Mention
"In the Peach Orchard" by Logan McDonald, Grade 10, Home School

First Place
"President of Persistence" by Lila Miller, SCAD Student

Second Place
"Imagination" by Alicia C. Wood, Grad Student, Hinesville, GA

Third Place
"Reading in Forsyth Park" by Ashley Price, Grad Student, Armstrong Atlantic State University

Also of interest at the City’s Dept. of Cultural Affairs, all entries in the annual Savannah Children’s Book Festival Poster Contest, held this spring, are hanging in the City’s SPACE gallery at the same location through November 22nd. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Live Oak Public Libraries and the City of Savannah present the 10th annual Savannah Children’s Book Festival on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Forsyth Park in Savannah. The festival celebrates the joy of reading, the power of the written word and the magic of storytelling with children’s book authors and illustrators from around the country. 

The free festival will also include dozens of authors and illustrators from throughout the Low Country and Southeast region, arts and crafts, an International Tent, costumed characters, a graphic/comics area, and a variety of food and entertainment. In addition, a book walk will be staged among the trees so families may enjoy a story together , reading from one page to the next throughout the park. 

Major sponsors are the Live Oak Public Libraries Foundation and Gulfstream Aerospace.

Rain location for the event is the Savannah Civic Center. For more information, call (912) 652-3600. For updates, check and follow Live Oak Public Libraries on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.