The winners in the 2019 Julie Meier Writers Competition at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library were announced Saturday, May 18, in a ceremony at the library.
In 30th year, the competition is for fiction and nonfiction prose with age groups from kindergarten to adult. The late Julie Meier, for whom the competition was named last year created the program to encourage writing excellence and to recognizes talented writers. Prize money — $100 for first, $50 for second, and $25 for third — is provided through grants from the Coeur d’Alene Kiwanis Club and the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
The competition is judged by professional writers and editors, English educators, and by library employees.
All entries in the competition, winning or not, are bound into books that are added to the library’s collection.
The winners for 2019 are:
• Grades kindergarten to 2, fiction/nonfiction: first, Hazel Anne Stevenson, “The Squirrel and the Mouse;” second, Eleanor Myers, “The Dead Man;” third, Juniper Renee Stevenson, “The Fox and the Ring.”
• Grades 3-5, nonfiction: first, John Paul Hersey, “An Unexpected Accident;” second, Maren Larson, “Terrible Air Pollution;” third, Alyssa Harrison, “Lost and Found.”
• Grades 6-8, nonfiction: first, Micah Green, “Home of the Brave;” second, Thomas Hersey, “The Elements of Fun;” third, Blessing Allen, “A Soldier is Trusted.”
• Grades 9-12, nonfiction: first, Isaac Harrison, “Itchy Fat Cat;” second, Kade Finger, “Take Action;” third, Elisabeth Baldwin, “The Journey to Success.”
• Adult nonfiction: first, Meagan Myrberg, “Of Dreams and Dreamers;” second, Dr. Carol Graham, “How Much is That Pencil?;” third, Nina Eckberg, “October Fourteenth.”
• Grades 3-5 fiction: first, Eliza Murphy, “First Riders;” second, Brylie Moore, “Rescue;” third, Lucia Barton, “Every Boy Needs a Dog.”
• Grades 6-8 fiction: first, Linnea Rose Erickson, “Defect;” second, Sydney Baker, “Retard;” third, Christina Turbes, “The Life of a Cutting Board.”
• Grades 9-12 fiction: first, Grace Hamilton, “Letters From Home;” second, Penelope Duran, “Stage Fever;” third, Lyssa Bivens, “Far From Home.”
• Adult fiction: first, Becca Crouse, “Five Days Not in San Francisco;” second, Alahna Harrison, “Parsnip Stew;” third (Tie), Angela Chandler, “Kyra and the Eagle;” third (Tie), Emily Moore, “Swara and the Bone Whistle.”