Meet our Write-a-Story Contest Winner!

We received over 1,500 entries this year to our annual Write-a-Story Contest! We asked your students to write an imaginative, compelling, original short story that starts with one of three first lines written by the famous author Jason Reynolds. We are very excited to announce that Jason has chosen a winning short story: “The Creature of Crinkle Isle” by Arjun Baviskar of Katy, Texas.  Check out the fabulous winning story—and the amazing finalists and runners-up below! And stay tuned the 2019-2020 Write-a-Story Contest announcement this fall.

“The Creature of Crinkle Isle”

by Arjun Baviskar

Katy, Texas

“Lost in Words”

by Elizabeth Pitts

Hopkinsville, Kentucky

“Soul Snatcher”

by Addyson Eckstein

Galloway, Ohio

Emerson B.

Dublin, Ohio


Natalie D.

Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania


Katelyn F.

Kalida, Ohio


Jessica M.

Columbus, Ohio


Nicole N.

Grafton, Massachusetts


Alyssa P.

Walled Lake, Michigan


Daniella R.

Long Beach, California