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

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

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

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