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Creative Writing Competition

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Teen Creative Writing Competition

Sponsored by Ray Okonski

Sixth through 12th-graders in the Farmington/Farmington Hills area
are eligible to win prizes in different writing categories and age divisions.

Winners were honored Sunday, September 22, 2019.
Pictures from the awards ceremony can be veiwed on our Facebook page.


2019 Winners


Fiction, 11-14 years

1st place

The Final Curse by Nikhil Desai


2nd place

Lucky by Arya Karki


3rd place

Keys by Sanjana Datla


Honorable Mention

Hikaru’s Words by Emily Kim


Fiction, 15-19 years

1st place

Long Live the King by Kriti Shirodkar


2nd place

Pancakes at Midnight by Emma Newman


3rd place

A Plot Hatched by Grace Ho


Honorable Mention

Synodic by Maria Cheriyan

Poetry, 11-14 years

1st place

Real by Carmen Post


2nd place

Dimmed Spark by Anna Toranchuk


3rd place

The Mustang Squad of Five by Ben Parnin


Honorable Mention

Shine Different by Mya Guillermo


Poetry, 15-19 years

1st place

Your Atoms by Kriti Shirodkar


2nd place

Intoxicated by Grace Ho


3rd place

How to Love the Moon by Maria Cheriyan


Honorable Mention

Reflections by Phebe Markowicz




Age Divisions

Ages 11-14 and 15-19

All residents and/or students of Farmington/Farmington Hills in 7th -12th grade, public, private or parochial schools are eligible.



Fiction: 1-7 pages, typed. A literary work whose content is produced by the imagination and a total invention.

  • For both age groups, create a work of fiction of your choice.


Poetry: 3-100 lines, typed. A piece of literature written in rhythm and/or rhyme.

  • For both age groups, create a work of poetry of your choice.


Judges considered these qualifications when reviewing submissions:

originality; grammatical correctness and spelling; organization; word choice, imagery


Prizes are generously supplied by Ray Okonski.


Click here for previous years’ winners.

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