First of all,
Thank you so very much to each and every writer that participated in our very first Brave Enough To Write, short story contest fundraiser. By entering, you are not only following your dream, you are also helping to inspire young people all across America to follow their dreams. So thank you again for supporting our mission to provide free motivational programs and scholarships to high schools. Learn more about our mission
#Girlpower was in full effect as two young ladies from opposite ends of the country won the first, Brave Enough to Write, short story contest.
The competition was fierce. A lot of outstanding writers submitted great stories in both categories and our judges really had their work cut out for them. In the end, two stories had just enough of an edge to put their authors over the top.
Sarah Tehuitoa, Winner 18 and over category $1,000Sarah Tehuitoa is a 21 year old English major who lives in Pahrump Nevada and commutes weekly to classes at University of Las Vegas. She is working her way through college by working at a grocery store. She entered the contest on her 21st birthday. Sarah says,
“All I have ever wanted to be is a writer. It has been my dream ever since I was little and I haven’t been able to give it up.”
Her short story, “The Sands of Time” is a gritty (pun intended) tale of love, loss, despair, and just maybe a shot at redemption with a dash of magic thrown in as a tantalizing garnish.
Contest judge Ethan Carey, host of the Rock & Roll Morning Show on WRKI I-95FM, says Miss Tehuitoa’s writing style reminds him of James Patterson or Daniel Silva.
Read The Sands of Time here The_Sands_of_Time_by_Sarah_Tehuiotoa
Isabel Adams, Winner 18 and over category $1,000Isabel Adams is a 17 year old homeschooled student from Weare New Hampshire. She’s always had a passion for writing, photography, singing, and gospel music. Isabel is also a former Vice President and lead writer for FYI Teen Magazine. Her story, “Spirit of the Warrior”, is a coming-of-age story set in the early American west.
Contest judge Lauren Porosoff, English and writing teacher at the Fieldston School in New York City and author of “Empower Your Students” says Isabel’s story has a relatable message about empowerment, perseverance, and bravery along with great imagery reminiscent of young adult adventure stories.
Read Spirit of the Warrior here Spirit of_The_Warrior
Runners up in the 18 and older category
Love, Life, and Bacon by David Moore of Saint Charles, MO.
The Library by Molly Brewer of Mooresville, IN.
My Summer with the Beatles by Christopher Cassone of Patterson, NY.
Runners up in the 17 and under category
The Story Gets Harder with Every Word by Jessica Rathmann of San Antonio, TX.
Diary of Susie Valentine by Madison Guerrera of New Milford, CT.
The Escort by Allissa Brianna- Riley Vernon of Lolo, MT.