2022 Short Story Writing Contest
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The Amelia Island Book Festival supports emerging authors and aspiring writers by encouraging and recognizing their work in our Short Story Contest.

Congratulations to the 2021 Winners!

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Students were asked to submit original works of 500 to 1,000 words based on the theme, “The Unexpected Happening”.  Entries represented Fernandina Beach High School, West Nassau High School, Florida Virtual School (the state’s Internet-based public high school), Hilliard Middle and Senior High School, Callahan and Yulee Middle Schools, Homeschool students, Amelia Island Montessori School, Faith Christian Academy, 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. 




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


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

Kayleigh Avery,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