Winners of the 2016 Writers Competition at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library include: Front row, left to right, Maricela Nelson, Kaelah Hoit, Elizabeth Fields, Alyssa Harrison, Maren Larson, Ava Dafs, Emily Dodd, and Payson Irwin. Middle row, Abigail Tabladillo, Ryland Hoit, Noah Tabladillo, Isaac Harrison, Logan Graham, Isaiah Harrison, Samuel Cuentas, and Toby Tabladillo. Back row, Jordan Lo, Justin Gates Jackson Graham, Garrett Weller, Victoria Collins, Angela Gates, Glenn Graham, and Rebecca Crouse. Not pictured: Elizabeth Ryssel, Brenda Bergelin, Marge Huntington, Grace Clark, Elizabeth Hamilton, and Grant Lupien.
Winners in the 28th annual Writers Competition at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library received recognition Saturday, May 14, in a ceremony hosted by the Friends of the Library.
Cash prizes for the competition are made possible through grants provided by the Coeur d’Alene Kiwanis Club and the Panhandle Kiwanis Club with additional support provided by the Friends of the Library.
Entries are judged by professional writers, editors, published authors, and educators.
The Writers Competition was created by former Library Director Julie Meier in 1988 to encourage excellence in writing and reveal authors in our community.
Winners receive $100 for first place, $50 for second place, and $25 for third place. In the case of ties duplicate full prizes are awarded. In addition, all entries in the competition are included in professionally bound books added to the library’s reference collection.
Winners for 2016 and their entries included:
► Nonfiction 6-8: First, Maricela Nelson, Coeur d’Alene, “Abraham Lincoln” – Second, Kaelah Hoit, Hayden, “Echo’s Crazy Life.” (Only two entries in this category and age group.)
► Nonfiction 9-11: First, Grant Lupien, Coeur d’Alene, “My Favorite Hobbies” - Second, Ava Drafs, Coeur d’Alene, “The Saddest Day” - Third, Emily Dodd, Coeur d’Alene, “Titan and Jewell.”
► Nonfiction 12-14: First, Abigail Tabladillo, Coeur d’Alene, “Leaving a Legacy” - Second, Ryland Hoit, Hayden, “All About That Bass” - Third, Noah Tabladillo, Coeur d’Alene, “Mother of us All.”
► Nonfiction 15-18: First, Samuel Cuentas, Post Falls, “The Day I See You” - Second , Elizabeth Ryssel, Hayden, “It Was Love” - Third, Toby Tabladillo, Coeur d’Alene , “Voting: Our Civic Duty.”
► Nonfiction 19-Plus: First, Marge Huntington, Spokane Valley, “You can Lead a Chicken to Freedom …” - Second, Brenda Bergelin, Coeur d’Alene, “Ghost Cat” - Third, Victoria Collins, Coeur d’Alene, “She Has No Idea.”
► Fiction 6-8: First, Elizibeth Fields, Hayden, “Lucy The Brown Horse” - Second, Alyssa Harrison, Coeur d’Alene, “The Princess and the Bear” - Third, Maren Larson, Coeur d’Alene, “A Timb Gets Back Home.”
► Fiction 9-11: First, Grant Lupien, Coeur d’Alene, “Lord of the Penguins” - Second, Grace Clark, Coeur d’Alene, Lost and Found” - Third, Payson Irwin, Coeur d’Alene, “The Quilt of Many Dreams.”
► Fiction 12-14: First, Isaac Harrison, Coeur d’Alene, “The Completely, Absolutely, Most, Definitely True Story of Stone Hedge” - Second, Logan Graham, Hayden, “Treasure of Ohadi” - Third, Isaiah Harrison, Coeur d’Alene, “Shadow of the Mountain.”
► Fiction 15-18: First, Jordan Lo, Hayden, “A Martian Connection” - Second (tie), Justin Gates, Hayden, “War Hunt” - Second (tie), Jackson Graham, Hayden, “Blinded by Conviction” - Third (tie), Elizabeth Hamilton, Hayden, “Metaline Falls” - Third (tie), Garrett Weller, Coeur d’Alene, “Opportunity.”
► Fiction 19-Plus: First, Angela Gates, Hayden, “Writers Block” - Second, Glenn Graham, Harrison, “The Cost of Inspiration” - Third, Rebecca Crouse, Post Falls, “Higgenpop’s.”