The Friends of the Orinda Library is excited to announce the winners of the 2020 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 four winners—selected from a stellar group of entries—each received prizes of $500, along with certificates of recognition from the Friends of the Orinda Library.  Six students were also awarded honorable mentions.

Read some of the winning entries.

Winners
Sophia Kofoed
Miramonte High School, 12th grade
Poetry- Alabaster Skulls
Audrey Lambert
Miramonte High School, 11th grade
Essay/Memoir/Biography- Ode to Grandma’s House
Emma Leibowitz
Miramonte High School, 10th grade
Short Story- That Night
Julia Lima
Miramonte High School, 12th grade
Essay/Memoir/Biography- Dear Class of 2020
Honorable Mentions
Eloise Anagnost
Miramonte High School, 9th grade
Short Story- The Curse of Chance
Laura Boifort
Miramonte High School, 10th grade
Science Fiction/Fantasy- Invisibility
Jenna Foster
Miramonte High School, 11th grade
Poetry- Running Through the Neighborhood
Emma Leibowitz
Miramonte High School, 10th grade
Science Fiction/Fantasy- Conversations with Satan
Casey Marriner
Miramonte High School, 12th grade
Short Story- Not Good Enough
Matthew Muren
Orinda Academy, 10th grade
Poetry- The Light
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