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2021 Short Story Writing
ContestWinners

The Amelia Island Book Festival supports emerging authors and aspiring writers by encouraging and recognizing their work in our Short Story Contest.

We are impressed by the quality of the short stories received from middle and high school students from across Nassau County who submitted a short story on the 2021 theme, The Unexpected Happening. 50 of these short stories will be published in a printed book.

Congratulations to the 2021 Winners!

Students were asked to submit original works of 500 to 1,000 words based on the theme, “Once Upon a Time.” Entries represented Fernandina Beach High School, Florida Virtual School (the state’s Internet-based public high school), Hilliard Middle and Senior High School, Callahan and Yulee Middle Schools, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County.

 

Judges awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for high school and middle school students. They also awarded finalists in those categories for entries worthy of honorable mention. The Boys & Girls Clubs had two first-place awards. 

 

HIGH SCHOOL

 

1st Place:

Bailey Fouraker, The Unexpected Happening, 9th grade Florida Virtual School 

2nd Place (Tied): 

Caroline Nezelek, Why Frogs Are Heard Croaking During a Rainstorm, 12th grade Fernandina Beach High School

John Paul Nedelcu, Truck Stop 12th grade, Fernandina Beach High School 

3rd Place: 

Ella Doss, Note, 12th grade Fernandina Beach High School 

Best imagery:

Isabel Kallstrand, Humans in The Sky, 12th grade Fernandina Beach High School 

Most surprising ending: 

Corben Gomez, Starfishing, 12th grade, Fernandina Beach High School 

Honorable mentions:

Elizabeth Lyden, He Played Piano, 12th grade Fernandina Beach High School 

Sierra Baldwin, Echoria, 12th grade Homeschool

MIDDLE SCHOOL

1st Place:

Kanaan McCosh, House of the Seven, 8th grade Callahan Middle School

2nd Place:

Madison B. Morris, Gabriella Banister and Athena , 7th grade Amelia Island Montessori School 

3rd Place:

Brandy Whaley, The Summer of 2025, 8th grade Callahan Middle Schoo

Honorable Mentions:

Lila Kirk, The Unexpected Happening , 7th grade  Faith Christian Academy

*The Grand Canyon Scare, 8th grade Callahan Middle School 

Best Suspense Story: 

Gabriel Marquez, The Wrench and the Key, 6th grade Amelia Island Montessori School 

Special Mention:

Chellie Whaley, 8th Grade Callahan Middle School

Boys & Girls Club: 

Ashley Little, Dragon Adventures, 7th grade

Natalie Little, Show and Tell Adventures, 7th grade

* name withheld pending release

2020 Winners:

Students were asked to submit original works of 500 to 1,000 words based on the theme, “Once Upon a Time.” Entries represented Fernandina Beach High School, Florida Virtual School (the state’s Internet-based public high school), Hilliard Middle and Senior High School, Callahan and Yulee Middle Schools, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County.

 

Judges awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for high school and middle school students. They also awarded finalists in those categories for entries worthy of honorable mention. The Boys & Girls Clubs had two first-place awards. 

 

HIGH SCHOOL

 

1st Place: Madelyn Maguire, “Nature’s Daughter”, FBHS grade 12

2nd Place: Amelia Wright, “Once Upon Our Time”, FBHS grade 9

3rd Place: Penny Carr, “Princess Penelope and the Purple Dragon” FBHS grade 12

 

Finalists:

Joseph Henry Perry, “Old Smelly Hound,” FBHS grade 12

Carly Terry, “Sugar Plum Fairy,” FBHS grade 12

Sierra Baldwin, “Avril’s Decision,” FLVS grade 11

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL

 

1st Place: Bailey Fouraker, “Nevermore,” FLVS grade 8

2nd Place: John Addington, “The Cursed Emerald,” FBMS grade 6

3rd Place: Bailey Rounsville, “The Russian Watch,” CMS grade 8

 

Finalists:

Gage Dickerson, “The Greatest Gift,” YMS grade 8

Kaeris Allen, “A Girl and her Dog,” HMS grade 8

Olivia Risinger, “Seeing in Color,” CMS grade 8

 

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS

 

Trinady Shields, “When in Reality”

Craig Manning, “The Trip” 

 

 

Prizes included:

 

·       $175 for each high school and middle school first-place winner

·       $100 for each high school and middle school second-place winner

·       $50 for finalists based on creativity, writing style and other criteria as determined by the judges

·       $75 to winners from Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County