18th Annual Young Writers Exposition
Call for Writers!
Eligible participants: Char-Em ISD students and homeschool students in Charlevoix or Emmet counties
Submission dates: Wednesday, March 18 — Monday, April 20 at 5:00 p.m.
Acceptable submissions: Students may submit one titled work of poetry and/or one titled work of prose
· Poetry - 500-word limit
· Prose (fiction or non-fiction) - 1,000-word limit
Who can submit: Teachers or parents. Visit crookedtree.org and use the Teacher Resources page
Prizes for all winners in both categories
· Work published only online in the digital Petoskey News-Review
· Certificate, medal, journal, and McLean & Eakin gift card
Prizes for all first place winners in both categories
· Work printed in the upcoming Walloon Writers Review
(a complimentary copy will be mailed)
Prizes for all high school winners in both categories
· 1st Place, Bob Schulze Award for Poetry & Prose, $100; 2nd Place, $75; 3rd Place, $50
NEW! The Little Traverse Literary Guild is pleased to present the inaugural Hanna-Renkes/Jan Smith Literary Award, which recognizes excellence in both poetry and prose crafted by high school students who are served by the Char-Em ISD or homeschooled in Charlevoix and Emmet counties, as part of Crooked Tree Arts Center's annual Young Writers Exposition.
Two $500 "Best in Show" awards will be given, one for poetry and one for prose, in accordance with the deliberation of the high school age group jurors.
Thank you to our event sponsors and partners!
McLean & Eakin Booksellers of Petoskey • Petoskey News-Review • Little Traverse Literary Guild
The Bob Schulze Fund for Creative Writing at Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation • Walloon Writers Review
2019 Young Writers Juried Exposition Award Winners
1st Place: “Masterpiece” by Brielle Burris – 4th Grade, Sheridan Elementary School
2nd Place: “Short Poems” by Haylee Bauknecht – 2nd Grade, Central Elementary School
3rd Place: “Football” by Danny Murphy – 5th Grade, St. Francis Xavier
Honorable Mention: “Wild Fire” by Adam Nguyen – 5th Grade, St. Francis Xavier
1st Place: “A Sled Dog’s Place” by Eva Sharapova – 5th Grade, St. Francis Xavier
2nd Place: “Gwen’s Story” by Clare Gengle – 5th Grade, St. Francis Xavier
3rd Place: “The Last Kid” by Taylor Keiswetter – 5th Grade, St. Francis Xavier
1st Place: “Poetry Is” by Josie Alexander – 8th Grade, Boyne Falls Public School
2nd Place: “Haiku Rebel” by Aidan Cleary – 7th Grade, St. Francis Xavier
3rd Place: “Poetry Was” by Riley Zbacnik – 8th Grade, Boyne Falls Public School
1st Place: “The Train” by Audrey Gietzen – 8th Grade, St. Francis Xavier
2nd Place: “I Fell in Love (with Books)” by Madalyn Canada – 8th Grade, Petoskey Middle School
3rd Place: “Tree and Leaf” by Maura Brown – 7th Grade, St. Francis Xavier
1st Place: “Slam Poetry: 168 Hours” by Jeffrey Kerr – 10th Grade, Boyne City High School
2nd Place: “Portrait of a Lady” by Aubrie Sparks – 10th Grade, Boyne Falls Public School
3rd Place: “I Hear Roots Creaking” by Isaac Kroll – 11th Grade, Alanson Public School
Honorable Mention: “A Timeless Second: A Sestina” by Brittney Ward – 11th Grade, Pellston High School
Honorable Mention: “Hellish Games” by Karagan Adams – 12th Grade, Harbor Springs High School
1st Place: “Jesus in the Bubble Bath” by Karagan Adams – 12th Grade, Harbor Springs High School
2nd Place: “The Struggles of a Perfectionist” by Jasmine Washburn – 10th Grade, Alanson Public School
3rd Place: “The Darkness” by Peytan Tyree – 12th Grade, Petoskey High School
Honorable Mention: “Focusing On What’s Important” by Forest Walker – 12th Grade, Petoskey High School
Honorable Mention: “United” by Paige Smith – 12th Grade, Petoskey High School
If you have questions about the Young Writers Exposition, please contact Alex Dailey at
231-347-4337 / firstname.lastname@example.org.