Celebrate the Arts Writing Contest

Sponsored by the Friends of the Westerville Public Library and ThisWeek Westerville News & Public Opinion.

In partnership with The Arts Council of Westerville and Westerville Public Library, this contest is one of many events organized by the Arts Council to mark April as "Celebrate the Arts" month in Westerville. Entries were accepted through February 24, 2020.

2020 Winners

Thank you to everyone who shared your writing as an entry in the 2020 Celebrate the Arts Writing Contest. The judges have selected the works by the following writers as this year's winners. (Listed below.)

Category: Grades K-2

1st Place: How to Make a Friend by Alice Schott
2nd Place: Mario's Awesome, Super Cool, Epic, and Original Book! by Camden Mercurio
3rd Place: The Bat and the Cat by Lucy Walk
Honorable Mention: The Electronic by Jacky Herbert

Category: Grades 3-5

1st Place: The Mystery at Lakeside Manor by Hallie Parker
2nd Place: The Revolutionary Time Shift by Katie Ann Bush
3rd Place: The Triangle by Daniel Guevara
Honorable Mention: Mermaid's Nightmare by Rylee Horjus

Category: Grades 6-8

1st Place: The House was Home by Olivia Wood
2nd Place: The Statue by Daria Lesmerises
3rd Place: Fire Fire!! by Aziz Bah
Honorable Mention: My Hair by Claire Kester

Category: Grades 9-12

1st Place: Paper Boats by Micaiah Vinson
2nd Place: The Archeologist by Elisa Thompson
3rd Place: Seen and Unseen by Amanda Hurt
Honorable Mention: The Art of the I Can by Cori Bohan

Category: Adults

1st Place: Alma's Walk by Kim Freeman
2nd Place: When the South Wind Blows by Hannah Haines
3rd Place: The Flight Attendant by Alyssa Chivington
Honorable Mention: La Noche de San Juan by Isabel Berrios-Brown

Published Works

  • 1st place finishers for each level will be published in the local community newspaper, the ThisWeek Westerville News & Public Opinion (print version) in May. The 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and honorable mention entries will be published online. Note: Entries are subject to being excerpted due to content length.
  • All contest entries are published in a professionally bound book available for purchase through Lulu.com. A copy of the book can be borrowed from the library. Reserve now.

Note: Due to Coronavirus prevention, the 2020 awards reception has been cancelled.

Contact Information

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