Monday, January 12, 2015

The Sky's The Limit Writing Contest Winners



First of all, a HUGE thanks to all the students, teachers, and schools who participated in this contest. It was an honor for us, SkYAuthors, to read the amazing work of the next generation's writers. You guys are so talented! Thank you for putting yourselves out there. 


From Christina Farley, Jessie Humphries, Lori M. Lee, Meredith McCardle, Rysa Walker, Chuck Wendig (and Ryan Gosling) here's a super sexy slow clap for all of you...



Now, as a refresher, here are the winning categories and prizes:

  • One winning school with the most entries (which will win a pack of thirty (30) Kindle Paperwhites). 
  • One winner for each grade 6-12, which makes 7 total grade winners (who will each receive: One (1) Kindle Paperwhite; One ($20 Amazon Gift Card); and all six (6) of the participating Skyscape’s authors books.
  • Two Overall runners up for all grades (who each win One (1) Kindle Paperwhite; One $20 Amazon Gift Card; and all six (6) of the participating Skyscape’s authors books).
  • One Overall First Place Winner (prizes listed below)

Without further ado, here are the winners:


School With The Most Entries: Northwest Technical And Career Academy
(Which is extra super exciting because a few of us SkYAuthors were able to visit this school!) Way to go, NWTCA students and teachers!



6th grade winnerMia Ottaviano
School: Woodstown Middle School
Teacher/Mentor: Mrs. Collins

7th grade winnerEmmeline Song

School: The Avery Coonley School
Teacher/Mentor: Michelle Schaub 
8th grade winnerJuliana Morell
School: Woodstown Middle School
Teacher/Mentor: Mrs. Jennifer Kelly

9th grade winnerKayla Stuhlmann
School: Basic High School
Teacher/Mentor: Mauseth

10th grade winnerMadison Matthews
School: Panther Creek High School
Teacher/Mentor: Daria Johnson

11th grade winnerKelly Litts
School: St Thomas Aquinas High School
Teacher/Mentor: Amy Schaak

12th grade winnerEmily Espanol
School: Northwest Career and Technical Academy
Teacher/Mentor: Debbie Olsen/Josh Symmonds

Overall Runners Up

Kai Garrison
School: Coronado High School
Teacher/Mentor: Mr. J. Watkins

Emilee Resop
School: Northwest Career and Technical Academy
Teacher/Mentor: Debra Olsen


And for the OVERALL FIRST PLACE WINNER ... drumroll please....




Juliana Gessner
School: Ronald Reagan IB High School
Teacher/Mentor: Ms. Weinfurter
Juliana, come on down...


You have won Two (2) Kindle Fires HDX 
(One for yourself and one for your nominated teacher-mentor, Ms. Weinfurter).  
Also if you choose to complete your story/short story, the SkYAuthors will assist in getting the story published. 


Congratulations, Juliana! Your entry totally blew us away. The odds of you winning this contest were less than .01%...and you did it! This is how...


There were four of us in that dank little cell: the doctor, the nurse, the dead man, and myself. The doctor was etching an escape plan in the dust while the nurse looked on with eyes full of practiced admiration. The dead man sat slumped in the corner, his chains rattling ominously. Beneath us the floor rocked and swayed with the swell of the waves, obeying the commands of the never-ending storm. It had been raining for days now. It was like the sky was trying to drown the ocean, and succeeding.

        “Those nasty brutes may look tough,” said the doctor, his voice hoarse and strained, “but they’re poorly organized, and the storm should’ve worn ‘em out by now. If we could just break that lock--” his plan was interrupted by a bone chilling scream from above deck. There was a frantic scramble of stomping boots, followed by shouts, screams, begs for mercy. The ship rocked back and forth with more force than ever before, throwing us around like rag dolls, until--

        Deathly silence.

        I opened my mouth to speak, but it like my words had been stolen. We waited for a sound, any sound to indicate the survival of the pirates who’d captured us.

        Tick... Tick... Tick... Tick...

        My eyes slid to the watch on the dead mans wrist. Its face was shattered and the minute hand was missing. It was the only clock in the room.


Again, thank you to all who participated and remember, 
The Sky's the Limit!
***All winners must contact Jessie Humphries at jessiehump(at)gmail(dot)com within thirty (30) days, to claim their prize and provide mailing information.***

7 comments:

  1. Woohoo!! Congrats to all the winners! Those were some incredible prizes, and that winning entry was AMAZING.

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  2. Congrats to the winners! Incredible prizes and amazing winning entry.

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  3. What a great idea to have a contest for schools. Congrats to the winners, Juliana's piece was very evocative.

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  4. I also wanted to add that If I had entered, I probably wouldn't have even placed.

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  5. How cool is that? This is so great of you to do, Jessie. Congrats to the winners!

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  6. That entry was creepy and engaging. Congrats winners and cool gifs Jess.

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