The Friends of the Orinda Library is excited to announce the winners of the 2019 Poul Anderson Creative Writing Contest.

The writing contest is named in memory of Orinda resident Poul Anderson, a popular science fiction writer of over 80 books. Open to all Orinda high school students, the contest recognizes winning entries selected by a panel of judges who are involved professionally in reading, writing, or publishing.

The writing contest features four genres: Poetry, Essay/Memoir/Biography, Science Fiction/Fantasy, and Short Story. This year’s winners—selected from another record number of entries—each received prizes of $500, along with certificates of recognition from the Friends of the Orinda Library.

Read the winning entries.

This year’s winners are as follows:

Poetry, Winner
A Newfound Mantra
Julia Lima
Miramonte High School, Grade 11

Essay/Memoir/Biography, Winner
Cold September
Chaya Tong
Miramonte High School, Grade 10

Science Fiction/Fantasy, Winner
A Means to an End
Michael Lin
Miramonte High School, Grade 10

Short Story, Winner
Love in Color
Audrey Lambert
Miramonte High School, Grade 10

Honorable Mentions are as follows:

Poetry, Honorable Mention
The Pineapple
Mateo Robles
Miramonte High School, Grade 10

Essay/Memoir/Biography, Honorable Mention
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Tony Greif
Orinda Academy, Grade 12

Essay/Memoir/Biography, Honorable Mention
Ode to Tea
Dana Kazmierowski
Miramonte High School, Grade 12

Science Fiction/Fantasy, Honorable Mention
A Message to Hope
Laura Boifort
Miramonte High School, Grade 9

Science Fiction/Fantasy, Honorable Mention
Solstice
Anika Grimsrud
Miramonte High School, Grade 11

Short Story, Honorable Mention
Astronaut Minnie
Emma Rust
Miramonte High School, Grade 12

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