2018 Writing Contest: Adult Fiction - 1st Place

Lonely

The wind blows through the scrub trees, making a faint whistling sound. Jessie looks out the dusty front window.

2018 Writing Contest: Adult Fiction - 2nd Place

Dreaming in the Desert

Jimmy, Chucky, and I became stranded in the desert 20 miles east of town. We had drinking water and the rabbit that Jimmy had snared. We needed to have a fair way of s…

2018 Writing Contest: Adult Fiction - 3rd Place

The Tourist

“What is that?” asked Isabelle. She had her hands stuffed into her pockets. 

2018 Writing Contest: Adult Nonfiction - 1st Place

Margaret Is Alone

She brashly confronts me on a busy crosswalk with gloomy memories falling from her tongue, and she’s maybe seventy or eighty years old — hard to tell. 

2018 Writing Contest: Adult Nonfiction - 2nd Place

Only the Pencil Broke

The further in time we are removed from certain events, the more significant they may become in our attempts to assess how and why we have become the persons we now are. 

2018 Writing Contest: Adult Nonfiction - 3rd Place

Waverly

Where am I?

None of these stations look familiar. I run up to the conductor. “Isn’t this the train to Gloucester?”

2018 Writing Contest: Adult Poetry - 2nd Place

A Short History of Honey

Your lips distill nectar, my bride;

Honey and milk are under your tongue

— Song of Solomon

2018 Writing Contest: Adult Poetry - 3rd Place

Because I Was in the Habit of You

I felt alone yet full, sick as a mouse at winter’s end,

sated as a raven on the pelvis of an elk corpse.

2018 Writing Contest: Teen Prose - 1st Place

Maroon Magic

A blinding light appeared in our hands as our artifacts started to take form. Then, as quickly as it came, it was gone. 

2018 WRITING CONTEST: TEEN PROSE - 2ND PLACE

Dear Mrs. Greenfold

The following is a correspondence between Mrs. Greenfold and an unnamed writer. Font and names are essential to the understanding and purpose of these letters. 

2018 Writing Contest: Teen Prose - 3rd Place

Till the Sun Rises

Hazel stood frozen in the garden. It was misty and cold.

2018 Writing Contest: Teen Poetry - 1st Place

On Coffee

Distilled sex.

Bastard child of sun

and lemonade on ice. 

2018 Writing Contest: Teen Poetry - 2nd Place

Irresistible Sins

Oh darling, I am lost, out of options.

I have to, it is irresistible

2018 Writing Contest: Teen Poetry - 3rd Place

Asphyxiation

You came to me,

Put a bag over my head.

I tried to free myself,

Tried until my fingers bled.

2018 Writing Contest: Kids' Prose - 1st Place

Monsters Aren't Real

Hi, I’m Jaden. Something odd about my brain makes me see monsters. 

2018 Writing Contest: Kids' Prose - 2nd Place

Funny How Life Is

Hi! My name is Guppy! I can’t actually write; I have a host that writes for me.

2018 Writing Contest: Kids' Prose - 3rd Place

Reflecting on the Land

I was just reeling in another cast when my mom called me to help set up the tents.

2018 Writing Contest: Kids' Poetry - 1st Place

Smile

She used to tell me stories.

I would bring her tea, and

she would tell me about her travels and adventures around the world.

2018 Writing Contest: Kids' Poetry - 2nd Place

Coming to America

Blue water swirling gently

White birds flying softly overhead like the royalty of the air

2018 Writing Contest: Kids' Poetry - 3rd Place

I Am

I am the chilly after dark

I am the streetlight that goes on before the others

I am the coyote sneaking around the forest at night

We’re looking for well-crafted and polished poetry and short prose (fiction or nonfiction). Winning entries will be published in Pasatiempo on Friday, Dec. 23.