2014 Winners

Contest Statistics

 

CATEGORY 1 Ages 18 to 21 (155 entries)

Terran and the DeerFIRST PLACE – “Terran and the Deer” by Hannah Ascough, Canada
Winner of a signed paperback copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer, a $25 CAD Amazon gift card, and publication on the LTC website

Read Hannah’s winning story

“Winning this contest is a huge honour. I am very grateful to Laura and her team for the chance to share my writing and my passion for the environment.” – Hannah

SECOND PLACE – “A Few Kind Words” by Raven Morris, US
Winner of a $25 CAD Amazon gift card

“When I saw my name listed on the finalists’ page, all I could think was: “Wow.” Winning second place in this contest has added to that understanding, and has inspired me to keep writing, and to keep putting my work forward. So thank you, Laura, for hosting this amazing opportunity for young writers. And thank you, to all of the judges.” – Raven

THIRD PLACE – “Hi There, Sweetie” by Michael Johnston, Australia
Winner of a $25 CAD Amazon gift card

“Winning a prize in this contest was a very good feeling for me. I haven’t been able to write as much as I used to, so it’s nice to see a story I wrote so long ago to place so well.” – Michael

FOURTH PLACE – “Courage” by Abby Jarve, US
Winner of a $25 CAD Amazon gift card

“Writing has always been my outlet for life. When I am stressed, or angry, or even excited, it is my way to express myself. Winning a prize in this contest shows me that no matter what topic it is, you can make a good story out of it. And it is worth it to try.” – Abby

FIFTH PLACE – “The Declassified Office Gas Incident” by Matthew Weseman, US
Winner of an LTC Insider Plus+ Membership

“Winning a prize in this contest means a great deal for me. It shows just how far I’ve come in my writing as well as how much I have left to learn.” – Matthew 

SIXTH PLACE – “A First for Everything” by Lily Benitez, US
Winner of a $25 CAD Amazon gift card

“Winning means that my potential and hard work for writing has been recognized. I’m blessed with the opportunity to compete and LTC has helped me grow as a writer.” – Lily 

SEVENTH PLACE – “Making Dumplings” by Gary Yang, Australia
Winner of a $25 CAD Amazon gift card

“I’m so happy that I was able to place in this competition! This has really encouraged me to continue with my writing, and I hope I can do even better next time!” – Gary

EIGHTH PLACE – “One Cup of Caffé” by Valerie Ngai, US
Winner of a $25 CAD Amazon gift card

“Building a story is daunting task. When there are so many different ways for a story to go, it’s hard to know whether your choices will make an amazing story or just make you look crazy! Placing in the contest this year has given me confidence that I have indeed been making the right choices and I am grateful to Laura and the team at LTC for making this contest possible.” – Valerie

 

CATEGORY 2 Ages 15 to 17 (397 entries)

The Waiting ManFIRST PLACE – “The Waiting Man” by Andria Wu, US
Winner of a signed paperback copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer, a $25 CAD Amazon gift card and publication on the LTC website

Read Andria’s winning story

“This is the first time I have won a writing contest and I feel honoured to have had my story chosen for first place. Winning this prize is incredibly encouraging to me as a writer, so this means the world to me.” – Andria

SECOND PLACE – “Equation for Friendship” by Jasmine Zhang, Canada
Winner of an LTC Insider Plus+ Membership

“Without Laura, the LTC team, or my fellow authors in the making, such a contest would not have been possible. It is a truly valuable opportunity! I believe that I have not only gained experience, but confidence as well.” – Jasmine

THIRD PLACE – “Looking to Hire?” by Ora Bogacz, South Africa
Winner of a $25 CAD Amazon gift card

“I see winning this contest as a great boost in confidence and a way to further my writing. I am so excited, particularly because I have barely participated in any writing events before. I am very grateful to the contest organizers and judges and look forward to participating again next year!” – Ora

FOURTH PLACE – “A Squirrel’s Memory” by Benjamin Sonnenberg, US
Winner of a $25 CAD Amazon gift card

“I’m very pleased to have been given a place in the top eight for the contest. I see it as an affirmation of my writing and encouragement to continue improving my abilities. I think this is important for anyone who wants to become successful in a competitive world.” – Benjamin

FIFTH PLACE – “The Ghosts of Thornbrook Park” by Madison Wright, US
Winner of a $25 Amazon gift card

“Winning a prize in this contest was incredibly encouraging to me as a young writer. It not only boosted my confidence, but it also inspired me to continue working on and improving my writing.” – Madison

SIXTH PLACE – “Brother” by Edward Mak, Hong Kong

SEVENTH PLACE – “Alluring Embers” by Smriti Verma, India
Winner of an LTC Insider Plus+ Membership

“This achievement has not only brought me happiness, it also feels as a justification of my talent – it feels as if I am finally being rewarded for all my words, and all the late nights writing stories, and reading innumerable books. I do not know honestly whether I’ll ever be a published author, but I don’t care because as long as I’m writing passionately, I’ll be happy.” - Smriti

EIGHT PLACE – “My Childish Heart” by Vithiya Ragu, Singapore
Winner of an LTC Insider Plus+ Membership

“I’m so thrilled! This is my maiden attempt and I didn’t expect to win, so this is a huge surprise. I’ve always been uncertain of my talent, but winning this has definitely made me confident that I’m capable of achieving this, and much more.” – Vithiya

 

CATEGORY 3 Ages 12 to 14 (337 entries)

Holly was the the Junior Authors Conference

Holly was at the Junior Authors Conference

FIRST PLACE – “An Elephant Never Forgets” by Holly O’Neil, Canada
Winner of a signed paperback copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer, a $25 CAD Amazon gift card, and publication on the LTC website

Read Holly’s winning story

“Winning this contest was a shock, and a good one, because it means that writing could be a real thing for me; it boosted my confidence.  Having the contest based close to home, but international, makes it worth even more to me!” – Holly

SECOND PLACE – “Midnight Conversation” by Chelsey Zhu, US
Winner of a $25 CAD Amazon gift card

“Placing in this contest has made me believe that writing is actually something that I could pursue in the future as a hobby or a career. It has also shown me writing can be beneficial in a variety of ways, including building friendships with other people who also enjoy writing as much as I do.” – Chelsey

THIRD PLACE – “The Phone” by Jewel Potter, US
Winner of a $25 CAD Amazon gift card

“I am so honoured to have received third place in this contest. I didn’t know how much talent I had as a writer when I entered my story, and I was afraid it wasn’t very much. The fact that my story could place in an international contest like this, when compared with so many other awesome entries has given me courage to keep pursuing my dream to become an author.” – Jewel

FOURTH PLACE – “The Jam Jar” by Hiya Chowdhury, India
Winner of a $25 CAD Amazon gift card

“This means the world to me because it means I am one step closer to becoming a better writer and some day being the example that somebody else lives, or writes, by. I extend a large thank you to Laura for putting in so much effort into the website and making all this possible.” – Hiya

FIFTH PLACE – “While the City Sleeps” by Chichi Tsai, Indonesia
Winner of an LTC Insider Plus+ Membership

“This was the first short story that I’d written outside of English class, and writing it has taught me so much about the time and hard work that goes into crafting a single story. That said, I cannot even begin to imagine what it took for the LTC team to put this competition together, and I’m extremely grateful to you for it.” – Chichi

SIXTH PLACE – “Imagine” by Simon Navarrete, Canada
Winner of a $25 CAD Amazon gift card

“I had a wide grin when I saw my name up there with the finalists. Thank you for the opportunity to share my work. I’ll make sure to write more and look forward to the next contest!” – Simon

SEVENTH PLACE – “The Verdict” by Elizabeth Fleet, Netherlands Antilles
Winner of a $25 CAD Amazon gift card

“I think it is incredible to participate in a competition where people from all over the world enter, and even more incredible to be a finalist. It’s not only a wonderful experience, but it’s also a huge inspiration for my writing. Being a part of the top 8 encourages me to keep working on my writing, and I am very thankful for the opportunity.” – Elizabeth

EIGHTH PLACE – “Summertime Haven” by Megan Handley, Canada
Winner of an LTC Insider Plus+ Membership

“Although this is all about writing, I find it hard to put into words how grateful I am for this opportunity. You wouldn’t believe how amazed and excited I was when I found I had placed in the top eight! (Or maybe you would…) Thanks so much to Laura Thomas, the LTC team, and everyone else who helps out with the blog and this contest.” – Megan

 

CATEGORY 4 Ages 9 to 11 (164 entries)

The First StepFIRST PLACE – “The First Step” by Alice Ward, Australia
Winner of a signed paperback copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer, an LTC Insider Plus+ Membership and publication on the LTC website

Read Alice’s winning story

“I am ecstatic to win this competition! I was so excited when I found out that I had won, that I screamed it out at the top of my lungs, even though we had visitors! I think that this contest has helped me to grow and develop as a writer, and I am looking forward to entering again next year.” – Alice

SECOND PLACE – “A Winter’s Redemption” by Selene Ashewood, US
Winner of a $25 CAD Amazon gift card

“When my mom came into my room to tell me I won 2nd place, I squealed with excitement! I feel like my imagination helped me to make the cut. I’m sure all the other entries were amazing, but I’m thrilled my story won 2nd place.” – Selene

THIRD PLACE – “Gracie and the Tiger” by Sophie Quay-Clark, UK
Winner of a $25 CAD Amazon gift card

“I was really surprised to come 3rd in this competition as there were children from all over the world taking part. I really enjoy writing stories and books so will be excited to enter this competition again next year.” – Sophie

FOURTH PLACE – “The Lucky Draw” by Melanie Du, US
Winner of a $25 CAD Amazon gift card

“Winning a prize encourages me to write more stories. I am grateful to have this experience!” – Melanie

FIFTH PLACE – “The Dark” by Ariel Horton, US
Winner of a $25 CAD Amazon gift card

“What winning a prize in this contest means to me: Getting 5th place was very encouraging. It inspired to want to keep writing, so that one day someone might read a story of mine, and be inspired to start writing themselves. Congrats to all the other winners! – Ariel

SIXTH PLACE – “Sisters” by Sylvie Pingeon, US
Winner of a $25 CAD Amazon gift card

“I wrote my story for a English assignment in school this year. stumbled across this contest, and decided to enter my story, merely on a whim. I was not expecting to win, and can not put in to words how elated I feel, thank you so much for recognizing my work.” – Sylvie

SEVENTH PLACE – “Explorer 3000” by Imogen Reeves, Australia
Winner of an LTC Insider Plus+ Membership

“Winning this prize is an amazing thing for me because I am passionate about writing and it really provides the support I need in my self esteem. When I found out from mum, I told her, ‘maybe I am good enough to be a writer after all.’ I was shocked by the results because I didn’t think I had that much of a chance.” – Imogen 

EIGHTH PLACE – “Goodness is Something Chosen” by Arnav Gunwani, India
Winner of an LTC Insider Plus+ Membership

“On winning a Laura Thomas prize
I glow like a million fireflies
I’ll be frank;I won’t tell no lies
My face turns as bright as butterflies”
- Arnav

 

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CATEGORY 1 FINALISTS – Ages 18 to 21

These are the top 10 stories listed in alphabetical order by title. They are not listed by score or rank. There were 155 total entries in this category, but 29% were disqualified for not following the submission rules.

“A Few Kind Words” by Raven Morris, USA

“A Fist for Everything” by Lily Benitez, USA

“Courage” by Abby Jarve, USA

“Fried Fish in December” by Shannon Sinclair, Canada

“Hand Over Mine” by Alison Xiao, Australia

“Hi There, Sweetie” by Michael Johnston, Australia

“Making Dumplings” by Gary Yang, Australia

“One Cup of Café” by Valerie Ngai, USA

“Terran and the Deer” by Hannah Ascough, Canada

“The Declassified Office Gas Incident” by Matthew Weseman, USA

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CATEGORY 2 FINALISTS – AGES 15 TO 17

These are the top 28 stories listed in alphabetical order by title. They are not listed by score or rank. There were 397 total entries in this category, but 19% were disqualified for not following the submission rules.

“Alluring Embers” by Smriti Verma, India

“A Squirrel’s Memory” by Benjamin Sonnenberg, USA

“A World of Difference” by Kira Fitzgerald, Australia

“Brother” by Edward Mak, Hong Kong

“But It Can Fly” by Siyu Hou, USA

“Coke Bottles” by Rachel Booth, USA

“Dancing for Degas” by Bethany Wood, UK

“Equation for Friendship” by Jasmine Zhang, Canada

“Family Tree” by Laura Reynolds, Canada

“Freefall” by Cathy Yan, Canada

“Gray” by Callie Blair, USA

“Just Your Typical Love Story,” by Kaitlyn Graham, USA

“Looking to Hire?” by Ora Bogacz, South Africa

“Muffled Sounds” by Alison Chai, USA

“My Childish Heart” by Vithiya Ragu, Singapore

“New Year’s Miracle” by Yiling Kang, Canada

“No Gray” by Mia Martins, USA

“Stranger” by Taryn Murphy, USA

“Tainted Soil” by Hanne Arts, Slovakia

“The Birth of a Hero” by Pagnaa Nantogmah, Ghana

“The Blue Man” by Zanib Sajjad, Canada

“The Gateway” by Kinneret Katz, USA

“The Fighter” by Mia Cesar, USA

“The Swing Set” by Sana Hameed, USA

“The Thoughts of Thornbrook Park” by Madison Wright, USA

“The Waiting Man” by Andria Wu, USA

“This Is My Solo” by Eva Rodrigues, Canada

“Trickling Into the Moon” by Rida Rangoonwala, USA

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CATEGORY 3 FINALISTS – AGES 12 TO 14

These are the top 17 stories listed in alphabetical order by title. They are not listed by score or rank. There were 337 total entries in this category, but 18% were disqualified for not following the submission rules.

“An Elephant Never Forgets” by Holly O’Neil, Canada

“Bridge Lesson” by Jason Cleary-Gorton, Australia

“Coffee Shop” by Katherine Roberts, USA

“Fern’s Sketchbook” by Hannah Lin, Canada

“Grateful” by Abby Scott, USA

“Imagine” by Simon Navarrete, Canada

“Making Faces” by Emily Richey, USA

“Midnight Conversation” by Chelsey Zhu, USA

“Snow Dog” by Sylvia Nica, USA

“Storm” by Vanessa Jewell Medeiros, Canada

“Summertime Haven” by Megan Handley, Canada

“The Jam Jar” by Hiya Chowdhury, India

“The Journey” by Emma Brown, Belgium

“The Phone” by Jewel Potter, USA

“The Verdict” by Elizabeth Fleet, Curacao / Netherlands Antilles

“Three Precise Lacerations” by Rebecca Adams, Australia

“While the City Sleeps” by Chichi Tsai, Indonesia

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CATEGORY 4 FINALISTS – AGES 9 TO 11

These are the top 14 stories listed in alphabetical order by title. They are not listed by score or rank. There were 164 total entries in this category, but 15% were disqualified for not following the submission rules.

“All the Little People” by Meghna Rajamohan, Canada

“A Winter’s Redemption” by Selene Ashewood, USA

“Boy Detectives” by Prerana Pai, United Arab Emirates

“Explorer 3000” by Imogen Reeves, Australia

“Goodness is Something Chosen” by Arnav Gunwani, India

“Gracie and the Tiger” by Sophie Quay-Clark, United Kingdom

“Light Into Shadows” by Tiffany Ng, Hong Kong

“My Second Chance” by Anya Ambarish, USA

“Sisters” by Sylvie Pingeon, USA

“Sugar Water” by Zoe Diao, USA

“The Dark” by Ariel Horton, USA

“The First Step” by Alice Ward, Australia

“The Lucky Draw” by Melanie Du, USA

“Tortoises and the Magic Well” by Sujay Kulkarni, India

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89 comments on “2014 Winners

  1. Yiling

    First of all, congratulations to all the winners and finalists! You were all amazing, I’m sure. Secondly, to Laura, I was a finalist yet I haven’t received any emails about the finalist certificate and all. I was wondering if you sent the emails yet since I still haven’t received one. It’s okay if you haven’t! I’m sure you are really busy with tying up the loose ends of the contest.

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Yiling. The finalists certificates have not been sent yet. The will be in the next 2 weeks.

  2. Hiya

    When will you be uploading the stories written by the first place winners? I know that you are probably busy with providing feedback to young authors all over the world, but could you give me a tentative date?

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Hiya. As soon as I can.

  3. Binoy perera

    please tell me how to get a participate certificate for age 12 above catagary – short story competition 2014

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Binoy. Participation certificates are available in the store for $1.99 CAD.

  4. Sylvie

    Dear Laura,
    Thanks so much. I was so happy (and surprised) to see I made the top 8. I was wondering whether the top 8 people receive free feedback, or do we have to purchase it?

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Sylvie. Everyone who wants feedback is required to pay for it. Remember, this is a free-to-enter contest so there are limits to what we can offer. Please be aware that I will be taking the feedback purchase option for this contest out of the store tomorrow morning. So tonight is your last chance to purchase it. You will be getting an email from me soon. Congratulations.

  5. Destiny Allana Richards

    I was wondering what place I came in?

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Destiny. I do not publish or share the rankings beyond the top 8 and listing the finalists. No one needs to see that their story placed near the bottom or get fixated on numbers. Better to get going on your next piece of writing.

  6. Callie

    A huge congratulations to all of the winners, you must all be very proud! I am disappointed I didn’t win, but I was a finalist, and that is still huge and I am very grateful. There is always next year, after all! Congratulations again, everyone, and happy writing. :)

  7. Kinneret

    A hearty congratulations to all the winners, and good luck to the future applicants!! I’m very excited to read the first-place stories, as I’m sure they are superb. You deserve this!!

  8. Lennox Johnston-Yu

    Hi Laura,
    this doesn’t have much to do with writing, but it’s been bugging the back of my brain like a flea. So… Are you a mother? :)

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Lennox. Yes, I am a mom. :-)

  9. Diana

    All the winners are from the USA and that is kind of strange. I mean you are from the USA ( i think) and all the winners are from the USA. Suspicious much?

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Diana. I’m Canadian and LTC is a Canadian site. Have you looked at the list of participating countries and seen which countries send in the most entries? Go to the Stats and FAQs page. I wish we had more writers from other countries enter. And I’m not sure why myself or the judges would be concerned with what country a young writer is from. We judge each story on four elements: plot structure, description, style, and unity. I understand where you are coming from, but have some faith in what we do at LTC. We work really hard to put on a good, fair contest that recognizes the best written, most publishable entries we receive. :-)

      • Aleezaa

        I don’t think you should mistrust the judges. The USA dominates because they sendf in sooo many entries
        When the winning stories are published you can see that thy are truly awesome
        When I read them last year I could see how much better than me they were=)

  10. Matthew Weseman

    I can’t believe I landed as a finalist! This is my first writing contest I’ve entered, and I was shocked to find out this wonderful news. I didn’t think I’d make it because I thought my story wasn’t what was asked of in the contest rules. I regret not purchasing feedback now.

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Matthew. You can still purchase feedback until the winners are announced on October 18th. You’ll see it in the store.

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