2022 Writing Contest Winners

Congratulations to the 2022 Essay, Short Story and Poetry Contest Winners!  

The winning essays, short stories and poems will be published on our website after the 2022 Local Writer’s Showcase. Hear the winning works and meet the writers a this year's Local Writer's Showcase.

Please check out recorded readings by some of the 2020 winners here.


Essay Winners

Dian Seidel, Chevy Chase, MD, 1st Place
Marla Durben Hirsch, Potomac, MD, 2nd Place
Louis Siegel, Rockville, MD, 3rd Place
Emmy Song, Rockville, MD, Honorable Mention
Thu Nguyen, Gaithersburg, MD, Honorable Mention
Jennifer Blanck, Arlington, VA, Honorable Mention
Heather Johnson Reid, Bethesda, MD, Honorable Mention

High School Essay Winners

Ada Fiala, Richard Montgomery HS, 1st Place
Ellie Tinsky, Walt Whitman HS, 2nd Place
Allison Xu, Walter Johnson HS, 3rd Place
Phoebe Lewis, Bethesda Chevy Chase HS, Honorable Mention

Short Story Winners

Elliot Wilner, Bethesda, MD, 1st Place
Sharon Nissim, Silver Spring, MD, 2nd Place
Jackie Jacobson, Rockville, MD, 3rd Place
Eve Cantler, Washington, D.C., Honorable Mention
Kristina Saccone, Silver Spring, MD, Honorable Mention

High School Short Story Winners

Cathryn Russ, Wootton HS, 1st Place
Angelica Frude, Richard Montgomery HS, 2nd Place
Jonah Witte, Montgomery Blair HS, 3rd Place
Mikayla Bellman, Paint Branch HS, Honorable Mention
Camryn Crump, Damascus HS, Honorable Mention
Omotola Fadeyi, Paint Branch HS, Honorable Mention


Poetry Winners

Jaime BanksBethesda, MD, 1st Place
Frederick Zirm, Rockville, MD, 2nd Place
Raquel Vazquez, Bethesda, MD, 3rd Place
Akbota Saudabayeva, Bethesda, MD, Honorable Mention
Doug Wilkinson, Takoma Park, MD, Honorable Mention
Jenn Koiter, Washington, D.C., Honorable Mention

High School Poetry Winners
Sophia Hall, Holton Arms HS, Young Poet
Sam Melton, Rockville HS, Young Poet
Sophia Flyer, Georgetown Day School, Young Poet

Zara Okudo, Wootton HS, Young Poet
Joshua Phillips, Young Poet