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First Place
Three Days Till EOC by Abhimanyu Sukhdial, 11 (Novel)

Second Place
The Golden Elephant by Analise Braddock, 8 (Poetry)
Searching for Bow and Arrows by Tatiana Rebecca Shrayer, 11 (Poetry)

Third Place
Elana by Hannah Nami Gajcowski, 9 (Novel)

Honorable Mentions
Leather Journal, Abhainn Bajus, 14 (Poetry)
The Hidden Key, Peri Gordon, 9 (Novel)
Frozen Nocturne, Sabrina Guo, 13  (Poetry)
The Demisers, Zoe Keith, 11 (Novel)
Last Birthday Boy, Olivia Ladell, 13 (Novel)
Family of Spies, Micah Lim, 10 (Novel)
Escape the War, Priyanka Nambiar, 13 (Novel)
A Brief Encounter with Chaos, Anyi Sharma, 11 (Stories)

We are excited to announce the winners of Stone Soup's first annual book contest, and we can't wait to share their work with you in 2020. 

Although we are only able to give official recognition to a handful of writers, all of us were blown away by the care and effort put into these manuscripts. Writing a book takes time, patience, and dedication, and these writers proved to us that they have these qualities in spades. Once again, as with previous contests, we were moved by how many of these manuscripts dealt with climate change in one way or another. Our winning novel by Abhimanyu Sukhdial, Three Days Till EOC, takes a powerful, creative approach to this topic, as does Analise Braddock in many of her poems in her collection. The Golden Elephant. Meanwhile, in her poetry collection, Tatiana Rebecca Shrayer explores themes of historical and political loss alongside the enduring beauty and solace found in nature. Finally, in Elana, Hannah Nami Gajcowski takes us on a mad, magical adventure through an alternate universe. All of the books will be forthcoming in 2020. We can’t wait for you to read them! 


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