Winners

2019

Adults

Judges’ Choice Winner
Jessine Van Lopik,
“Spider Wishes”

Judges’ Choice Runner-Up
Julie Mitchell
“The Job That Wasn’t”

Readers’ Choice Winner
Chad Broughman
“Mother of hanged girl”

Published Finalists
Rebekah Glupker
“An Old Friend”

Lisa McAllister
“The D”

Garrett Stack
“The Widowmaker”

Teens

Judges’ Choice Winner
Justin Wolters
“The Ballad”

Judges’ Choice Runner-Up
Evelyn Wolf
“The Raven and The Reindeer”

Readers’ Choice Winner
Colin Pearson
“Back Road”

Published Finalists
Eleanor Barrett
“For the Meantime”

Riley Finn
“Flowers are Like Humans”

Rebecca Yeomans-Stephenson
“Revolutionary”

Youth

Judges’ Choice Winner
Janae Brugel
“Helping Paws”

Judges’ Choice Runner-Up
Henry Minks
“Escape from Thanksgiving”

Readers’ Choice Winner
Olivia Simon
“Ollie’s Woods”

Published Finalists
Anneke Anglin
“Mershifter Secrets”

Hope Patterson
“The Artist’s Last Sculpture”

Celia Stark
“The Tomboy Princess Diary”

Spanish

Judges’ Choice Winner
Shelby Johnson
“La Máscara”

Judges’ Choice Runner-Up
Daniel Tighe
“Saben que estamos aqui”

Readers’ Choice Winner
Ana Maria Groenenboom
“Aventura Albornoz”

Published Finalists
Lauren Jousma
“Mojado”

Sheridan Llewellyn
“La aventura de Genesis Velez”

Sofia VandenHoek
“Un cambio en la vida”

2018

Adults

Judges’ Choice Winner
Randall Andrews

Judges’ Choice Runner-Up
Nancy Barr

Readers’ Choice Winner
Debbie TenBrink

Published Finalists
Robert Hudson
Carol Sánchez
Roy York

Teens

Judges’ Choice Winner
Vanessa Olson

Judges’ Choice Runner-Up
Marie Zelaya

Readers’ Choice Winner
Selah Preston

Published Finalists
Breanna Harris
Josephine Koch
Ryan Park

Youth

Judges’ Choice Winner
Kaylee Hellman

Judges’ Choice Runner-Up
Ellie Kladder

Readers’ Choice Winner
Nora Winter

Published Finalists
Arya Karki
Tanner Soelberg
Lauren Thompson

Spanish

Judges’ Choice Winner
Sabrina Salazar

Judges’ Choice Runner-Up
Selene Lacayo

Readers’ Choice Winner
Jenny Jaramillo

Published Finalists
Samantha Huffstetler
Tahvanh Lucero
Adam Newby

2017

Adults

Judges’ Choice Winner
Kenton Smalley

Judges’ Choice Runner-Up
Jan Ackerson

Readers’ Choice Winner
Andrew Hughes

Published Finalists
Carla Hansen
Jeff Maehre
Christopher Siciliano

Teens

Judges’ Choice Winner
Emma Fenwick

Judges’ Choice Runner-Up
Sydney Wilson

Readers’ Choice Winner
Lucas Sherman

Published Finalists
Breanna Harris
Josephine Koch
Evelyn Pae

Youth

Judges’ Choice Winner
Remi Kinkema

Judges’ Choice Runner-Up
Jon Wever

Readers’ Choice Winner
Haylie Kudlack

Published Finalists
Lily Dietz
Olivia Farr
Morgan VanDorp

Spanish

Judges’ Choice Winner
Jorge Pereira

Judges’ Choice Runner-Up
Johanna Van Dyke

Readers’ Choice Winner
Raleigh Kuipers

Published Finalists
Jovie Cochran
Luis Deya Parreno
Jacob Tillman

2016

Adults

Judges’ Choice Winner
Patricia Clark

Judges’ Choice Runner-Up
Danielle Adams

Readers’ Choice Winner
Colleen Alles

Published Finalists
Ellen Cassidy
Emily Haines Lloyd
R. Thomas Sheardy

Teens

Judges’ Choice Winner
Chloe Stegman

Judges’ Choice Runner-Up
Lauren Wilkinson

Readers’ Choice Winner
Katie Winkle

Published Finalists
Audrey Clayton
Rachel Corley
Sammy D’Alexander

Youth

Judges’ Choice Winner
Mae Rintala

Judges’ Choice Runner-Up
Natalie Smith

Readers’ Choice Winner
Rachel Williamson

Published Finalists
Gabby DesJardins
Parker Hammond
Madeline Oostema

2015

Adults

Judges’ Choice Winner
Fred Thornburg

Judges’ Choice Runner-Up
Kellie VanHorn

Readers’ Choice Winner
Ed McKenna

Published Finalists
Kenton Smalley
Troy VanKoevering

Teens

Judges’ Choice Winner
Katrina Haaksma

Judges’ Choice Runner-Up
Elle Waldron

Readers’ Choice Winner
Mia Parks

Published Finalists
Shelby Herschleb
Catherine Jordan
Ashley Nelson

Youth

Judges’ Choice Winner
Ayesha Jeddy

Judges’ Choice Runner-Up
Beckett Butler

Readers’ Choice Winner
Rachel Lee

Published Finalists
Anika Deshpande
Graham Ezinga
Ana Wittung

2014

Adults

Judges’ Choice Winner
Oscar Bee

Judges’ Choice Runner-Up
Connor Newton

Readers’ Choice Winner
Eric Dobson

Published Finalists
Anne Brandt
Robert Vander Lugt

Teens

Judges’ Choice Winner
Chloe Lewis

Judges’ Choice Runner-Up
Natalie Bradshaw

Readers’ Choice Winner
Jackie Guzman

Published Finalists
Emma Fox
Owen Purdue

Youth

Judges’ Choice Winner
Sarah Hoogstraten
Mary Bonnell

Judges’ Choice Runner-Up
Lilliana Appie

Readers’ Choice Winner
Tyler Barnes

Published Finalists
Suchir Gupta
Holly Holland
Andrew Travis

2013

Adults

Judges’ Choice Winner
Rhonda Wilson

Judges’ Choice Runner-Up
Matthew Rohr

Readers’ Choice Winner
Andrew Rogers

Published Finalists
Daniel Schoonmaker
Phillip Sterling
Katherine VanZwoll

Teens

Judges’ Choice Winner
Emma Seif

Judges’ Choice Runner-Up
Ashley Cabala

Readers’ Choice Winner
Sarah McLellan

Published Finalists
Daniel Alexander
Madeline MacLean
Leah Viotti-Ziegler