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Second Annual Creative Writing Contest Winners Announced and Winning Entries

The 2021 Creative Writing Contest wrapped up on Saturday, October 23rd, with a Creative Writing Workshop with poet and short story author Justin Hamm and the public readings of the winning entries.   Hamm was an encouragement to those who participated and offered networking opportunities as well as tips for publishing and continued success to all in attendance!  He was impressed with the talent in our region!

The 2021 winners are:

High School Essay – Lily Fahnestock of Ste. Genevieve High School

High School Poetry – Faith Jarvis of Arcadia Valley High School

High School Short Story – Reese Sartori of Ste. Genevieve High School

Adult Essay – Kimberly Ramos of Farmington

Adult Poetry – Kimberly Ramos of Farmington

Adult Short Story – Bobby Upchurch of Bonne Terre


Read all six winning entries here:

HS Essay – The Changing Definition of Freedom by Lily Fahnestock

HS Poetry – Let Freedom Ring by Faith Jarvis

HS Short Story – The Freedom of Flight by Reese Sartori

Adult Essay – Tomatoes by Kimberly Ramos

Adult Poetry – We Wake Up and Go Looking by Kimberly Ramos

Adult Short Story – Fleeting Thoughts by Bobby Upchurch


Of the six winning entries, the judges chose one overall winner.  The 2021 overall winner is Kimberly Ramos with her essay titled, “Tomatoes”!

Thank you to all who participated in the Second Annual Creative Writing Contest and the Creative Writing Workshop!