Writing Contests

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To help foster creative thinking among the next wave of emerging writers, Chesterfield Arts sponsors various writing contests throughout the year for virtually every age. 

2013 Phyllis Corbet High School and Middle School Writing Contest

More than 70 middle and high school students participated in the 2013 contest! First through third place winners were announced and asked to read their winning original pieces at a special Awards Event on December 11, 2013, at The Gallery at Chesterfield Arts, 444 Chesterfield Center.

2013 High School Theme: Repurposing. In these days of environmental and resource concerns, we look to repurpose many of the things we use. With a dash of creativity, one might turn a milk carton into a watering can, or a rusty tin into a wind chime. Students were asked to repurpose a poem into another poem or a piece of short fiction. Using a poem from the specified source material (included in the Guidelines), students were tasked with writing a new poem or piece of short fiction that shares its theme, or "reuses" one of its phrases, metaphors or similes.

Judges: Edward Scott Ibur, John Ryan



1st Place: Michelle Harrison, Watercoloring / Parkway South High School 





















 2nd Place: John Miller, The Watcher Priory 


3rd Place: Sharanya Kumar, Whispering Shadows / Parkway Central High School 



Ramzi Hadad, Silence / Priory 


Michel Ge, Fast Comes the Evening / MICDS 


Katherine Estep, When Beautiful was Lost / Parkway South High school 


Thank you to the following 2013 participating high schools: Lafayette High School, Rockwood's Individualized Learning Center, Parkway South, Parkway Central, Parkway North, MICDS and Priory

Click here for Information and Guidelines for High School Writing Contest


2013 Phyllis Corbet Middle School Writing Contest

This is the second year for our Middle School Writing Contest, which is open to middle school students in grades 6 through 8 who live in St. Louis City or St. Louis County.

2013 Middle School Theme: Bring History to Life!  Students were asked to create a story from family history - a story from before birth. The story could be humorous, tragic or inspirational' a story of courage, adventure, or anything the student found interesting about his/her family's past.

Judges: Vicki Berger-Erwin, Dorris Keeven-Franke



1st Place: Amy TishlerThe Silver Spoon / Wydown Middle School


2nd Place: Keizo Sullivan, Fiery Flashback / LaSalle Springs Middle School


3rd Place: Wil Welch, The Indomitable Mr. Hastings / Wydown Middle School


Sruthi Ainapurapu, The Immigrants / Crestview Middle School


Preethi Sriraman, The Compound Wall / Crestview Middle School


Ainslee Stroup, The Obsession / Steger Sixth Grade Center


Thank you to the following 2013 participating middle schools: Wydown Middle School, Parkway West Middle School, Steger Sixth Grade Center, LaSalle Springs Middle School and Crestview Middle School

Click here for Information and Guidelines for Middle School Writing Contest