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Winning Words, At Home: Celebrating the 2020 Young Writers Awards

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

In a year unlike any other in memory, there was at least one tradition that did not change: The New York Society Library 18th Annual Young Writers Awards competition carried on. Young writers from Society Library member families, member schools, and invited schools submitted nearly 150 essays, stories, and poems to our four longtime judges, author-illustrator Robert Quackenbush, poet Dave Johnson, author Carol Weston, and author Edra Ziesk. This year's suggested theme was "bravery" which turned out to be an ideal writing prompt for children and teens expressing their creativity during these challenging times.

Though the competition continued, our awards ceremony, like so many other events now, tranformed to meet the moment. While we sorely missed the opportunity to gather in our Members' Room to celebrate all the writers who participated, and to present awards directly to the honorees, a silver lining is the opportunity to share the celebration with so many more people via our virtual ceremony, below, which premiered on Tuesday, May 12. We invite you to read all the award-winning entries. Remember the names of these stellar young writers; we bet you will find them on the Library shelves one day.


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