Contest winners crowned at open mics

Posted: Monday, April 14, 2014, 8:35 am

It may not be common, but American publishing is filled with stories written by young authors.

Recent examples include Christopher Paolini, who was just 15 when he wrote Eragon, the first book in his Inheritance series. On her 14th birthday, Amelia Atwater-Rhodes learned that her manuscript, White Wine, had been accepted for publication. White Wine would be published as In the Forests of the Night when Atwater-Rhodes was 15 years old.

At Worthington Libraries, we want to inspire the next Paolini and Atwater-Rhodes, and the library's annual poetry competition— an 11-year-old tradition— is one way to do that.

Last month, elementary through high school students as well as adults were encouraged to enter their work in the contest, which was then judged by area literary enthusiasts, including local poets, teachers and school media specialists.

Winners were chosen in the following categories: grades K-3, 4-6, 7-8, 9-12 and adult. Find out who won— and hear from competition entrants— during Open Mic events planned April 26 at Old Worthington Library.

Entrants in the K-3 and 4-6 grade categories will read at 10am; adult and 7-12 grade entrants will read at 2pm.

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