The Solano County Library is pleased to announce the winners of the Teen Writing Contest!
Teens ages 12-18 were invited by the Solano County Library to submit original poems, short stories, essays, and comics last December for the Teen Writing Contest. The contest began in October during Teen Read Week, which is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Entries were judged by local dignitaries.
The winners will be published in an online journal that will be produced this summer.
The winners for the short story category are Michaelina Lissick, Tia Kawazoe and Richard Wolf. The winners for the poetry category are Bradley Paoli, Caroline Infante and Gabriella Jinata.
The winner for the essay category is Faiza Mohammed. The winner for the comics category is Nathan Saelee.
Thank you to our judges for judging the entries. The judges were Supervisor Monica Brown, comic book artist Marcus Calloway, young adult author Adelle Yeung and Vallejo Poet Laureate D.L. Lang.
Thank you to the Friends of the Library for their generous support of library programs.
Want to be a famous teen photographer? Show the world what you can do. Submit your best photos in the following categories: Nature, Landscapes, Animals, People/Portraits, Still Life, Special Effects, Land Art, Black and White/Chiaroscuro, Macro/Close-ups, and Your Choice. Email TeenTechSolano@gmail.com or use the #TeenTechSolano on Instragram.
Ten Winning photos will be featured on the Solano County Library homepage. One grand prize winner will work one-on-one and learn from a professional photographer.
Get discovered! Submit your best work for a chance to win prizes and publication and help the library celebrate Teen Read Week. If your work is selected, you could see your original poem, short story, essay, or comic published in our online magazine. Submissions accepted October 9 – December 29, 2017.
3 winning entries from each category will be published in the Write On! Online literary magazine.
Each winner will also receive a $25 gift card.
Each year Solano County Library celebrates Teen Tech Week as a way to support the work of young people as they explore, create and share their talents. The Digital Photo Contest is an opportunity for teens to express themselves in our digital world and be recognized for their creativity.
We'd like to thank all the contestants for participating this year for bringing art into the library. Your photos were full of talent, color, and emotion. We hope you all continue to practice your art.
A special congratulations goes to Anna Risse for winning the Grand Prize for her photo piece "The Sword" and congratulations to all the winners who will be displayed in our libraries.
Winner for Best Animal Photo
Winner for Best Architecture Photo
Winner for Best Culture/Heritage Photo
Winner for Best Events Photo
Winner for Best Fantasy Photo
Winner for Best Landscape Photo
Winner for Best Miscellaneous Photo
Winner for Best Nature Photo
Winner for Best Passion Photo
Winner for Best Special Effects Photo
"The Sword" by Anna Risse, Grand Prize Winning Photo of the 2017 Teen Tech Week Photo Contest
Did you get to meet our local authors last weekend at the Suisun City Library? Adelle Yeung (The Cycle of Six Moons), Jess Flower (RedBird), and book blogger Jesalin Belk (Blogging Everything Beautiful) shared their experiences writing for teens. If you’d like to listen to a recording of the event, we have it here.
Want to be a famous teen photographer? Submit your best photos to the Teen Photography Contest 2017.
Submit to TeenTechSolano@gmail.com or on Instagram use #TeenTechSolano2017. Contest runs January 1-February 20.
During Teen Tech Week, March 5-11, 10 winning photos will be featured on the Solano County Library homepage and elsewhere in the community. Entries will be posted to the library’s Facebook and Instagram account.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Teen Bookface Contest! This year’s winners are Wesley Gerlach, Jesse Sanchez, Dominic Johnson, Trinitey Benjamin and Kailer Ujiiye. They will each receive a Peet’s Coffee and Tea gift card. Thank you again to all who participated!
by Wesley Gerlach
by Jesse Sanchez
by Dominic Johnson
by Trinity Benjamin
by Kailer Ujiiye
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I really enjoyed the plot and how the story was written. The plot gave a darker, more modern twist to the childhood story, Alice in Wonderland. With zombies, action, plot twists, and the entertaining narration by the protagonist, The White Rabbit Chronicles is a very enjoyable read.
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