Pittsfield Library Names Short Story Writing Contest Winners

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Athenaeum’s Children’s Library has announced the winners of the Annual Short Story Writing Contest.

Stories were judged on their originality, appeal and writing style. Judges Mary Kinnas, Marilyn Manning and Bea Da Silva have served Pittsfield schools as English teachers for many years and appreciated all the stories submitted. Winning entries, honorable mentions and works of merit will be bound and added to the collection of the Berkshire Athenaeum, so that community members may read and enjoy them.

Winners will receive their awards at a special ceremony which will be held Friday, Aug. 22, at 1 pm in the auditorium of the Berkshire Athenaeum. Jenn Smith from the Berkshire Eagle will be the guest speaker and Pittsfield’s Mayor Dan Bianchi will also be on hand to speak.

The winners and categories for 2014 are as follows:

Ages 7-8: 1st Place: Sydney Lalime, 2nd Place: Gabryela Y. Ortiz-Ramírez, Honorable Mention: Sebastian Dinsmore

Ages 9-10: 1st Place: Hannah J. Stroud, 2nd Place:Miles Cece, Honorable Mention: Ian Corbett

Ages 11-14: 1st Place: Autumn Sheldon, 2nd Place: Sarah Stroud, Honorable Mention: Lydia Loverin

Ages 15-18: 1st Place: Emma Lezberg, 2nd Place: Mary Ward, Honorable Mention: Charity Stroud

All first place winners will receive a $35 cash prize, all second place winners will receive a $25 cash prize and all honorable mention winners will receive a $20 cash prize. Prizes are donated by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.


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