2012 Junior Authors Short Story Contest Winners


We were impressed with the writing overall. It was a good year. There are so many career opportunities for writers right now and writing short stories is a great way to hone your skills. We hope you will enter again in 2013! And, I want to add that if this was English class, and not a writing competition, every story entered would have scored a B+ or higher. I know that only the top six stories in each category earn prizes, but each of you should be seriously proud of your work! - Laura Thomas



14 – 17 Category

FIRST PLACE Winner of a Chapters gift card & publication in The Delta Optimist
Where to Look” by Simran Hothi of Richmond – READ Simran’s story

SECOND PLACE – “The Plum Tree” by Amneet Mann of Surrey

THIRD PLACE – “Snow Globes” by Erin Spence of Parksville

FOURTH PLACE – “Searching Men” by Shea Joshi of New Westminster

FIFTH PLACE – “For the Sake of My People” by Valerie Flokstra of Chilliwack
*This is the 3rd time that Valerie has placed in the top 6 in this category. Way to go, Valerie!

SIXTH PLACE – “Lacking Sense” by Rachel Wong of Surrey


10 – 13 Category

FIRST PLACE Winner of a Chapters gift card & publication in The Delta Optimist
Flying Away” by Noa Wang of Delta – READ Noa’s story
*This is the 3rd time that Noa has won this category. Nicely done, Noa!

SECOND PLACE – “My Name is Oil” by Aziba Rehman of Surrey

THIRD PLACE -  “Dear Me” by Brody Butts of Blind Bay

FOURTH PLACE -  “Mayazoql and the Secret Oasis of the Bladinqxis” by Vanessa Medeiros of Surrey

FIFTH PLACE – “Your Hand in Mine” by Madison Smith of Armstrong

SIXTH PLACE – “The Imperfect Trio” by Kylie Brind of Delta


Children’s 6 – 9 Incentive Category (not competitive)

ALL children who entered this category will receive a gift and a certificate of achievement in the mail. Please note that next year there will no longer be an incentive category for this age group. Instead, children aged 9 will compete for prizes in the new Category 4.


To all 2012 Contestants…

Please feel free to leave a comment about this year’s contest below. If you won a prize, please let me know what that means to you and what your next writing goal or project will be.


Thank you to Ricki Willing, Ladner Business Association and Cackleberries.com for sponsoring prizes for the 2012 contest!



24 comments on “2012 Junior Authors Short Story Contest Winners

  1. Hi! I think I will submit my story. What’s doc,docx,pdf?

    • Hi Annika. Those are the most common types of files. Ask someone to help you if you are not sure.

  2. Tao Gower-Jones

    Hi, I’m new I’ve recently been looking for a writing competition to enter in. And i came across this website. But I’m not really clear on how you enter?!
    And if there is only the short story category. Also are you allowed to enter multiple storys? sorry for all the questions.

    • Hi Tao. The contest rules are listed on the main contest page. It is a short story contest. And, each writer can only submit one story.

  3. I just received this lovely note from a contestant in the 14 to 17 category… “I just wanted to say thanks for all the work and effort you’ve put into providing this opportunity for us! The thoughtfulness of your notifications and survey really means a lot to me!”

  4. Amneet Mann

    Thank you so much for this contest, Laura!! Writing is something I really love and something that really helps me open up and be creative but so often it’s hard to just sit down and write! Having this deadline really pushes me to commit and work hard and brings out the best in me. I was so shocked and surprised when I won 2nd place. I literally squealed and jumped up and down in my seat. Thank you and I can’t wait until next year’s contest comes around!!

    • I am surprised that you were surprised, Amneet! Your story is excellent! I am so pleased that you entered. Even though I write every day, I too find deadlines a great way to prioritize and focus. I hope that you will enter next year and that you will also be able to attend the Junior Authors Conference next fall. FYI, all the prizes are being mailed tomorrow, and I will be sending a press release to the Surrey newspapers this week to let them know about the four Surrey-based writers who placed in the top 6 this year.

  5. Madison Smith

    Thank you for this amazing opportunity. It was thrilling to share my work, and even more so to place with it. I look forward to participating again next year!

    • Congratulations, Madison. I look forward to reading more of your work next year. And, FYI, I am looking for some creative ways to help young writers like yourself write even better stories. I’m thinking maybe an online, interactive workshop where I can go through some tips for writing a winning story and answer questions. What do you think? I’m open to ideas. What would help you achieve your writing goals?

  6. Valerie Flokstra

    I love to write, and this contest is definitely a great incentive to write, edit, and re-edit a story until it’s good each year. I also love it that you introduced the 18-20 category. I’ll be 17 next year and I am so glad it won’t be my last year to enter. Thank you very much!

    • Awesome. Great to hear. Your stories are excellent and I have a job offer for you!

  7. Congratulations to all the winners. It was a joy to read and judge such excellent writing. Keep writing!

  8. Aziba Rehman

    Thank you so much to Laura and the other judges. This was an incredible opportunity for me to show someone other than my teachers, parents and friends my writing because they will always support me and tell me my writing is good. This is my first time entering a writing contest. Placing second is a truly amazing and I will probably enter your contest again next year. My Name Is Oil was originally a story I wrote for challenge program, my challenge teacher Ms. Jones loved it and asked me to email her a copy. So after some editing My Name Is Oil was entered in your contest. I showed my challenge program teacher Ms. Poirier this year and she said writing a story from an animal or creatures perspective creates a very interesting story. I pretty sure my next project will be writing a story for challenge again, but this time about raccoons. Once again, THANK YOU !!!!!!!!

    • That’s terrific, Aziba. I am so pleased for you and I do hope that you enter again next year!

  9. Erin Spence

    Thank you so very much! I am very happy to be placed third, as I didn’t think I even had a chance in the competition! I’m so excited, I can barely type. Thank you thank you thank you!

    • Hi Erin. I am so pleased for you! I’ll be sending out the gift cards and certificates of achievement later this week. I hope you will enter again in 2013.

  10. Brody Butts

    I just want to say thank you for this opportunity. I am very excited about placing 3rd. This is my first time entering this competition. I am thankful for winning a prize. I have 2 writing projects. One is for Rememberance Day and the other is the 2013 Junior Authors Short Story Competition.

    • Hi Brody. You are very welcome. I am so pleased that you will be entering again next year.

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