Creative Writing Contest Winners

Audrey Lambert
Julia Lima
Chaya Tong
Michael Lin

    An abundance of writing talent marked the 2019 Poul Anderson Creative Writing contest as judges strived to select the top works from a bevy of well-written selections.
    “We were completely blown away by the creativity and eloquence of every single submission,” said Elizabeth Perlman, one of the judges. “Every submission was moving and inspiring in its own way.”
    After careful reading and discussion of the 42 entries, the judges selected the following works for top honors, which includes a $500 prize:
    Poetry – “A Newfound Mantra” by Julia Lima, Miramonte High School, Grade 11;
    Essay/Memoir/Biography – “Cold September” by Chaya Tong, Miramonte High School, Grade 10;
    Science Fiction/Fantasy – “A Means to an End” by Michael Lin, Miramonte High School, Grade 10;
    Short Story – “Love in Color” by Audrey Lambert, Miramonte High School, Grade 10.

    The following selections received Honorable Mention:
    Poetry – “The Pineapple” by Mateo Robles, Miramonte High School, Grade 10;
    Essay/Memoir/Biography – “Normal” by Tony Greif, Orinda Academy, Grade 12;
    “Ode to Tea” by Dana Kazmierowski, Miramonte High School, Grade 12;
    Science Fiction/Fantasy – “Solstice” by Anika Grimsrud, Miramonte High School, Grade 11;
    Short Story – “Astronaut Minnie” by Emma Rust, Miramonte High School, Grade 12.

 To read the 2019 winners’ entries, go to here.
     Named in honor of science fiction writer and Orinda resident Poul Anderson and sponsored by Friends of the Orinda Library, the annual contest is open to students who reside in and/or attend high school in Orinda. For more information, go to

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