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By Jessica, Teen Services Manager

We were blown away by the creativity of the original short stories submitted by teen writers from across North Central Washington this year.  We want to thank all those who submitted their work for consideration.

NCW Libraries and Write on the River are happy to announce  the winners of the 10th annual Chelsea Cain High School Writers Competition. $200 in cash prizes will be distributed among these three students for their excellence in original fiction writing.

First Place

Miranda Nayak, a sophomore at Wenatchee High School: To Fly With Unbound Wings

Miranda is co-president and founder of the WHS Equity Club and president of the robotics club. She is an aspiring author who also reviews books online, makes movies for fun, and plays cello in the school’s chamber orchestra. Miranda shares her writing and videos on her website:

Read To Fly With Unbound Wings by Miranda Nayakopens PDF file

Honorable Mention

Seleah Hisey, a freshman at Wenatchee High School: Emerald

Seleah is involved in track and drama club and in her free time enjoys reading, music, theater, and playing with her two dogs. She enjoys writing stories and creating the worlds that go along with them. When she graduates from high school, she wants to pursue medicine or theater and intends to keep writing.

Read Emerald by Seleah Hiseyopens PDF file

Honorable Mention

Mya Clark, a freshman at Cashmere High School: Goodbyes and Honey Eyes

Mya’s love of reading developed into the joy of writing about fairytale lands and dystopian futures. She says with writing she’s found a way to express herself and execute the countless worlds she manages to dream up. She is thankful that writing has found its place in her life and plans on pursuing it as part of her career in the future.

Read Goodbyes and Honey Eyes by Mya Clarkopens PDF file


Eligible students were in grades 9-12, from Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan, Grant and Ferry counties.

New York Times best-selling author Chelsea Cain, who visited Wenatchee as a 2011 Write On

The River Conference keynote speaker, initiated and continues to sponsor the annual



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