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Surrey Libraries has picked the winners of the 2020 Young Adult Writing Contest, including two Surrey students who placed in multiple categories!
Gurleena Sukhija of Semiahmoo Secondary won first place in the Junior Short Story and Junior Poetry categories while Yue Chen of Elgin Park took home first in the Comics category and second in the Senior Short Story and Random categories.
Dozens of other Surrey students were among the winners and finalists, which were announced at a virtual awards gala on Wednesday, Oct. 14.
The annual writing competition for Surrey youth age 12 to 18 has been running since 1987, serving as a platform for aspiring young writers to showcase their talent in the form of short stories, poems, comics, essays, screenplays and lyrics.
The program is put on by Surrey Libraries’ youth staff, with support from sponsors Khalsa Credit Union and Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
The winning entries will be compiled in an anthology that will be available online, at Surrey Libraries branches, or on sale for $8 at the end of November.
For a full list of finalists and more information,
Junior Short Story
1st Place – “The Worker,” Gurleena Sukhija 2nd Place – “Number 98,” Sofia Lemay 3rd Place – “Clueless,” Tiffany Montefrio Honourable Mention – “Watercolors,” Victoria Wang Honourable Mention – “The Girl Who Visits Dreams,” Emma Hong
Senior Short Story
1st Place – “Saudade,” Akash Ranu 2nd Place – “An Attempt at Building a Coffin for Ma,” Yue Chen 3rd Place – “Separate Ways,” Carmen Campbell Honourable Mention – “The Everything Tree,” Annie Huang Honourable Mention – “Citylights,” Rena Su
1st Place – “Grow Up,” Gurleena Sukhjia 2nd Place – “Assimilation,” Alyana Amadeo 3rd Place – “Hirosaki Castle,” Richard Su Honourable Mention – “Rabbit Hole,” Khushi Cheema Honourable Mention – “SKIN,” Leigh Kathryn Baculi
1st Place – “Plum Tea,” Maggie Lu 2nd Place – “Ode to the Window,” Ava Popowitz 3rd Place – “Overthinker,” Yana Fershstein Honourable Mention – “Quick Fixes,” Audrey Kemp Honourable Mention – “Astronomical Alliteration,” Muskan Poddar
1st Place –“Ethical Consumerism in a Capitalist State” (Essay), Muskan Guglani 2nd Place –“recounting that summer in which i woke, ate, slept, and repeated the motions mentioned above” (Creative Non-Fiction), Yue Chen 3rd Place –“Aletheia” (Essay), Dean Oh Honourable Mention – “Crown in the Grave” (Song Lyrics), Gurshaan Chadha
1st Place – “Stairs of Life, Elevator to Heaven,” Yue Chen 2nd Place – “A Different Kind of Mind,” Stin Dang 3rd Place – “Quiescent,” Andrew Jung Honourable Mention – “Stick Guy,” Seth Corbett