Young Writers Contest First Place Winner: David Smith

We’re back for our final week featuring young authors.  David Smith won first place in the second Young Writers Contest, sponsored by Writers Forum and Enjoy Magazine.  The theme of the contest was “The Gift”.  Congratulations to all of our young writers and welcome, David!

The Gift

by David Smith

David SmithOnly seven more days until Christmas!  Mark could not wait!  Christmas was his favorite holiday and his list this year was very long.  He wanted: a Nintendo 3DS, a PlayStation 2, a bunch of Lego sets, a few movies, four posters, a Giants jersey, and a lot more!  When he went to school all the talk was about toys, toys, and more toys.  On contrast, at church the preacher said Christmas was about the day Jesus was born.  When Mark was asleep he heard a tiny voice saying, “Mark, Christmas is not about toys or getting, it’s about giving.”  The next day Mark thought about his dreams the night before and wondered what it all meant.  Finally, he pushed it to the far corners of his mind and got ready for school.

Mark was taking a math test when the principal called him to the office.  His parents were waiting for him, they had some bad news.  They told him that after they had taken him to school they left the stove on after making breakfast and the curtains over the stove caught on fire and burned the house down.  Mark was shocked!  His parents said that they were going to the homeless shelter.

Each day everyone helped out to keep the shelter clean and prepare food.  Everyone did their part.  Every day the preacher came by and told the true story about Christmas.  Mark knew that there would be no Christmas gifts this year, and that was okay.  He had his family and a warm bed to sleep in.  It was a gift just to be at the shelter with the nice people who gave every day to run it.  Mark remembered the weird dream he had.  Now he understood what Christmas was about.  It was about giving.

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Young Writers Contest Second Place Winner: Caitlyn Harney

We’re back for a second week to feature another piece by a local young writer.  Caitlyn Harney tied for second place in the second Young Writers Contest, sponsored by Writers Forum and Enjoy Magazine.  The other second place piece was featured last Monday and the first place piece will be featured next Monday.  The theme of the contest was “The Gift”.  Congratulations to our three young writers and welcome, Caitlyn!

Just Keep Loving

by Caitlyn Harney

Caitlyn HarneyEaster 2011 was probably the most heartbreaking day of my life. It was the day my dog, Bodee, passed away. My parents got him before me, so he was with me for my whole life. For a while after that, my parents and I thought we would never get another dog. Well, we changed our minds this year. I wanted a puppy for my birthday, so my dad started looking.

One Friday night, my parents told me that the next day we would go to PetSmart and look at the puppies there. My dad had read online that Pets without Partners, a non-profit rescue adoption agency, was showcasing a litter of puppies they had received. There were about seven in the litter, and they were half Boxer, half Labrador Retriever.

On Saturday I excitedly waited with my parents at PetSmart for the litter to arrive. Soon, the store was filled with the yelping and howling of puppies. My dad told me to watch them in the kennels to observe their demeanor. As I surveyed the puppies in the kennels, my eyes rested on one puppy in particular. She was calmly sitting in the back of the kennel, not seeming to care that her siblings were nipping at her.

My dad asked the employee if we could hold her. When the employee placed the puppy in my arms (we found out the puppy’s name was Dorie, which means “gift”), I just knew that this was our puppy. I told my parents that I wanted her. Now, Dorie loves to snuggle with me anywhere, anytime.

As far as gifts go, I would say that Dorie is the greatest gift ever. After Bodee died, she reminded me that no matter what happens in life, just keep loving.

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Young Writers Contest Second Place Winner: Kendall Jones

We’re breaking away from our typical Member Monday to feature a piece by local young writer, Kendall Jones.  Kendall tied for second place in the second Young Writers Contest, sponsored by Writers Forum and Enjoy Magazine.  The other second place piece and the first place piece will be featured the next two Mondays.  The theme of the contest was “The Gift”.  Congratulations to our three young writers and welcome, Kendall!

The Gift

by Kendall Jones

kendalljonesI guess I’ve always been lucky.  I’ve found over ten four-leaf clovers and I’m only ten.  The most special four-leaf clover though was my first one.  It all started when my mom brought me to one of my favorite places: the park. I was quite young then and full of energy.  It was then that I saw it, a perfect four-leaf clover alone (with no grass around) in a big brown lump of dirt.  I picked it and admired all the detail in each leaf.  In the car I thought of what I could wish for.  When we got home, I had decided.  I wished for magic beans.  For six long months I tried to forget about my wish, hoping that if I could forget about it, that it would come true.

One Christmas I will never forget is when I got a box with strange shaped beans that tasted sugary and fruity.  The beans were from the L.G. also known as the Leprechaun Guild, according to the note that came with the box.  In the note, it said that it took them so long to find the beans that they sent them with Santa to my house.  I ate all the beans except two.  I planted them both in the ground and the next day there were two giant lollipops sticking out of the ground, the same size as my face.  I gave one to my sister but in the end neither of us ate a lot.  There were ants.  This has been one of my greatest memories and I’ve felt lucky ever since I received the gift.

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Young Writers Contest Winner: A Lesson Learned by Nate Santi

We’re breaking away from our typical Member Monday to feature a piece by local young writer, Nate Santi, the winner of the first Young Writers Contest, sponsored by Writers Forum and Enjoy Magazine.  Nate is a third grader at Columbia School.  Congratulations, Nate!

A Lesson Learned

by Nate Santi

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne Sunday evening, me and my brother Nick, were playing outside in our backyard.  My mom and dad were inside cooking dinner and playing with my other brother Noah.  I don’t know what we were thinking, but we decided to see how high we could throw rocks.  It was fun until a rock, the size of an orange, came down and hit my brother in the head.  Nick was a mess and crying loudly.  I was freaking out because blood was gushing down his face.  My dad came out to help.  We took Nick inside to clean off the blood.  We drove to the emergency room as fast as we could.  When we got to the hospital, we carried Nick inside.  It was busy and we had to wait for hours!  When it was Nick’s turn, my mom took Noah and I to the car so we could hang out.  It took about 20 minutes for Nick to get his head super-glued back together. My dad and Nick met us at the car.  We went to get burgers and fries from In-N-Out Burger.  We went home to eat dinner, take showers, and go to bed.  The lesson I learned was not to throw rocks because what goes up must come down.

Read Nate’s winning entry along with other submissions by local young authors, Ally Farmer and Ava Kneale, in the current issue of Enjoy Magazine.

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Young Writers Contest Call for Submissions

Writers Forum and Enjoy Magazine are pleased to partner together to publish young writers, artists and graphic designers.

Writers Forum and Enjoy Magazine announce a Call for Submissions for students in grades k-12. The theme is “A Lesson Learned.” Students are encouraged to submit an essay (150-300 words) or one piece of artwork based on this theme. One essay and one piece of artwork will be featured in the September issue of Enjoy Magazine. The winner and runners-up will be featured on the Writers Forum website/newsletter, and the Enjoy Magazine website. One high school student with an interest in graphic design will be chosen to work with the editor of Enjoy Magazine to design the layout of the page. Winners and runners-up will be notified via email.

Submission Guidelines:

1. The student must submit an application, a photograph of the student and one original essay (150-300 words) or original piece of artwork (painting, drawing or photograph) that exemplifies the theme “A Lesson Learned.”

2. Kindergarten-3rd grade students may submit handwritten or typed essays. 4th-12th grade students must submit typed essays.

3. Essay submissions and applications must be attached to an email and sent to Writers Forum at reddingwritersforum@gmail.com.

4. Art submissions and applications must be attached to an email and sent to Enjoy Magazine at ronda@enjoymagazine.net.

5. High school students interested in designing the featured page must submit an application and a photograph of the student to Enjoy Magazine at ronda@enjoymagazine.net.

6. All applications and submissions must be received by June 1, 2013.

7. Students under the age of 18 must include a parent/guardian signature on the application.

Writers Forum members, please pass this along to educators and children in your life. We simply can’t wait to help children celebrate their love of the written word by publishing their original pieces!

Writers Forum members interested in helping read and select the winning piece should contact Writers Forum Director at Large, Alicia McCauley at writersforumwebmaster@gmail.com.