Dear Young Writers’ Contest Student Advocates:
We’ve discussed the program and the art of a story and you responded. You asked how HLA judged the stories and we gave you the “Scoring Criteria”.
Now you have asked to see the winning story from the 2011-2012 School Year and we give you Maggy Rodgers of Hazel Green High School! Go to the Young Writers’ webpage and look on the right hand side bar. There you will find a link to a digital copy of Maggy’s Prize-winning entry from last year entitled “Purity”. As noted before, it is rather dark, but wonderfully written. Though it comes in at only 1100 words (remember the minimum for this year is 1500 words and the maximum is 3000), her story is concise and compelling, revealing that power can come in small packages (i.e. your short story!).
Thank you, Maggy (and her teacher sponsor from last year, Freda Duggan).
And Thank You, Gayle Milberger of HLA who generously passed on this wonderful story to yours truly.
Regards, Steve Gierhart
Publisher, The Ardent Writer Press and HLA Member
Don’t forget to mark February 1st on your calendar!