2021 Short Story Writing
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. The top 50 entries were chosen to be published by On-line Binding and each winner, the judges and public libraries will receive copies.
Congratulations to the 2021 Winners!
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.
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
Ella Doss, Note, 12th grade Fernandina Beach High School
Isabel Kallstrand, Humans in The Sky, 12th grade Fernandina Beach High School
Most surprising ending:
Corben Gomez, Starfishing, 12th grade, Fernandina Beach High School
Elizabeth Lyden, He Played Piano, 12th grade Fernandina Beach High School
Sierra Baldwin, Echoria, 12th grade Homeschool
Kanaan McCosh, House of the Seven, 8th grade Callahan Middle School
Madison B. Morris, Gabriella Banister and Athena , 7th grade Amelia Island Montessori School
Brandy Whaley, The Summer of 2025, 8th grade Callahan Middle Schoo
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
Chellie Whaley, 8th Grade Callahan Middle School
Boys & Girls Club:
Ashley Little, Dragon Adventures, 7th grade
Natalie Little, Show and Tell Adventures, 7th grade