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STARWATCH XXXVII
Creative Writing Contest 2017
Sponsored by Tahlequah Friends of the Library and Tahlequah Public Library
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Once again the Tahlequah Friends of the Library is sponsoring a writing contest in Cherokee County for students and adults. This year we are accepting entries for six levels of writers: 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th - 8th Grades,
9th - 12th Grades, and Adults. Everyone is invited to submit entries (one or two in any or all of the three following entry categories).

Poetry – no more than 30 lines. Poetry is a word song with a beat and sometimes rhymes. Sounds and syllables may be repeated. Line breaks create form and space. Rules about sentences, paragraphs, and punctuation are suspended. Some types of poetry have rules about rhyme patterns or numbers of syllables in a line while others are “free form”.

Fiction - under 1500 words. A fictional short story (including fictional essay), is made from imagination and written in sentences and paragraphs. The writer makes fantasized scenes seem real by writing believable characters, scenery, dialogue and action. Historical fiction mixes known history with information that can't be known exactly.

Nonfiction - under 1500 words. Nonfiction in a true account written in sentences and paragraphs. Nonfiction includes essays: personal factual, memoir, information, history, biography, and inspiration.

***Very important*** All winning entries will be scanned for publication in the Starwatch Anthology. Therefore, all entries must be single-spaced and typed in Arial font size 12. Do not use italics or bold or script font. Set margins at ¾ inch. Please do not put your name on your work. Do put the title on each page and number the pages in the upper right hand corner. Under the title on the first page indicate your category: poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. Failure to follow these guidelines can lead to disqualification.

Entries are to be submitted no later than noon Saturday March 4, 2017. Winners will be notified and awards will be presented at a reception to be held on Sunday, April 23 at 2 p.m. in Richardson Hall at Go Ye Village. Winning entries will be published in the 37th annual Starwatch Anthology, with first-place winners receiving one free copy of that issue.

Teachers, please feel free to make multiple copies of the information sheet with the entry form. It can also be downloaded here. Entry forms can also be picked up at the circulation desk in the Tahlequah Public Library, 120 South College Street.

We look forward to your participation in Starwatch XXXVII.

 

StarWatch 2016 Winners
(Some winners were not present for pictures --- Scroll down for the complete list of Winners)


Winners of the Starwatch Grade 4 Poetry:
LtoR:    Lexye Wright,  Lacey Lamon

Grade 4 Poetry

Winners of the Starwatch Grade 4 Nonfiction:
LtoR:    Lexye Wright,   Lacey Lamon

Grade 4 Nonfiction




Winners of StarWatch Grade 4 Fiction:
L to R: Victoria Pham, Sam Mitchell, Colton Fisher, Deadra Fixin, Lexye Wright

Grade 4 Fiction

 


Winners of StarWatch Grade 5 Poetry:
LtoR:  Ryan Dark, Caden Vest, Wynter Jackson, Caleb Dotson

Grade 5 Poetry

 

Winners of StarWatch Grade 5 Nonfiction:
LtoR:   Kaylee Marshall,  Grant Stricker

Grade 5 Nonfiction

 

Winners of StarWatch Grade 5 Fiction:
LtoR:  Kinsli Foreman, Eli Pack, Grace Mitchell, Ryan Dark

Grade 5 Fiction

 

Winners of StarWatch Grade 6 Poetry:
LtoR:  Lane Jackson, Emily Hutchins, Autumn Pohlschneider, Reagan Hammons

Grade 6 Poetry

 

Winners of StarWatch Grade 6 Nonfiction:
LtoR:  Nathan Lowrey, Summer McGowin, Abby Hill, Caitlin Garner, Skylah Phillips 

Grade 6 Nonfiction

 

Winners of StarWatch Grade 6 Fiction:
LtoR: Brooke Garrett, Eli Cecil, Harley Handle, Abby Hill, Gwen Childs

Grade 6 Fiction

 

Winners of StarWatch Grade 7-8 Poetry:
LtoR:     Jordan Andrews,  Sidney Keller

Grade 7-8 Poetry

 

Winners of StarWatch Grade 7-8 Nonfiction:
LtoR:     Crosby Meyer,  Eli Hill

Grade 7-8 Nonficiton

 

Winners of StarWatch Grade 7-8 Fiction:
LtoR: Natalie Bright, Angel Washington, Riley Hopkins, Harrison Riley, Hannah Mitchell

Grade 7-8 Fiction

 

Winners of StarWatch Grade 9-12 Poetry:
Deanne Dela Paz

Grade 9-12 Poetry

 

Winners of StarWatch Grade 9-12 Fiction:
LtoR:   Kirsten Sunday,  Maddy White

Grade 9-12 Fiction

 

Winners of StarWatch Adult Poetry:
LtoR:    Daniel Sandoval,  Kris Strehlow-Cooper

Adult Poetry

 

Winners of StarWatch Adult Nonfiction:
LtoR:  Roxanna Ritchie,  Mary Geasland

Adult Nonfiction

Winners of StarWatch Adult Fiction:
LtoR:   Daniel Sandoval,  Elizabeth Montgomery-Anderson

Adult Fiction

 

Starwatch XXXVI Winners

 

Poetry

Grade 4

1st Lexye Wright Greenwood Elementary

2nd Lacey Lamon Keys Elementary

Honorable Mention

Emma Butler Greenwood Elementary

Emma Butler Greenwood Elementary

Grade 5

1st Kaigen Cessna Keys Elementary

2nd Ryan Dark Keys Elementary

3rd Caden Vest Keys Elementary

Honorable Mention

Wynter Jackson Shiloh Christian School

Samantha Daniels Keys Elementary

Caleb Dotson Greenwood Elementary

Grade 6

1st Lane Jackson Keys Elementary

2nd Emily Hutchins Tahlequah Middle School

3rd Madison McCollum Keys Elementary

Honorable Mention

Autumn Pohlschneider Keys Elementary

Reagan Hammons Keys Elementary

Paige Maze Keys Elementary

Grades 7-8

1st Justice Young Keys Middle School

2nd Christopher Berry Keys Middle School

3rd Justice Young Keys Middle School

Honorable Mention

Sidney Keller Keys Middle School

Jordan Andrews Keys Middle School

Ethan Dunson Keys Middle School

Sidney Keller Keys Middle School

Grades 9-12

1st Betty Williams Keys High School

2nd Elora Fielden Hulbert High School

3rd Elora Fielden Hulbert High School

HonorableMention

Deanne Dela Paz Tahlequah High School

Deanne Dela Paz Tahlequah High School

Sarah Cordle Tahlequah High School

Adult

1st Daniel Sandoval

2nd Daniel Sandoval

3rd Kris Strehlow-Cooper

Honorable Mention

Jonathan Jobe

Jonathan Jobe

 

 

Nonfiction

Grade 4

1st Noel Galdamez Shiloh Christian School

2nd Lexye Wright Greenwood Elementary

3rd Lexye Wright Greenwood Elementary

Honorable Mention

Lacey Lamon Keys Elementary

Grade 5

1st Kaylee Marshall Keys Elementary

2nd Grant Stricker Keys Elementary

3rd Morgan Shirrell Grand View Elementary

Grade 6

1st Elijah Galdamez Shiloh Christian School

2nd Nathan Lowrey Tahlequah Middle School

3rd Summer McGowin Keys Elementary

Honorable Mention

Abby Hill Shiloh Christian School

Skylah Phillips Keys Elementary

Caitlin Garner Keys Elementary

Skylah Phillips Keys Elementary

Grades 7-8

1st Crosby Meyer Keys Middle School

2nd Natalie McGowin Keys Middle School

3rd Eli Hill Shiloh Christian School

Grades 9-12

HonorableMention

Elora Fielden Hulbert High School

Adult

1st Roxanna Ritchie

2nd Toni Bailey

3rd Jonathan Jobe

Honorable Mention

Mary Geasland

 

 

Fiction

Grade 4

1st Victoria Pham Heritage Elementary

2nd Sam Mitchell Shiloh Christian School

3rd Colton Fisher Shiloh Christian School

Honorable Mention

Deadra Fixin Shiloh Christian School

Lexye Wright Greenwood Elementary

Grade 5

1st Kinsli Foreman Keys Elementary

2nd Samantha Daniels Keys Elementary

3rd Eli Pack Grand View Elementary

HonorableMention

Elizabeth Cox Grand View Elementary

Grace Mitchell Shiloh Christian School

Ryan Dark Keys Elementary

Grade 6

1st Brooke Garrett Keys Elementary

2nd Eli Cecil Keys Elementary

3rd Harley Handle Keys Elementary

Honorable Mention

Abby Hill Shiloh Christian School

Gwen Childs Keys Elementary

Gwen Childs Keys Elementary

Grades 7-8

1st Natalie Bright Homeschool

2nd Angel Washington Briggs Elementary

3rd Riley Hopkins Keys Middle School

Honorable Mention

Harrison Riley Keys Middle School

Hannah Mitchell Shiloh Christian School

Baleigh Jones Keys Middle School

Keith Kindle Keys Middle School

Grades 9-12

1st Kirsten Sunday Keys High School

2nd Maddy White MTS Academy Homeschool

Adult

1st Daniel Sandoval

2nd Elizabeth Montgomery-Anderson

3rd Jonathan Jobe

Honorable Mention

Mary White

 

 
     
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