MBHS students win 13 awards in literary arts contest
Mountain Brook High School students performed exceptionally well in a statewide literary arts contest.
Twelve junior students captured 13 total honors in the Alabama High School Literary Arts Awards 2020, which were sponsored by the Alabama Writers’ Forum.
MBHS 11th-grade English teacher Denise Trimm oversaw the students’ work and said she is extremely proud of how they did.
“It’s not required that they do it, but since we write all throughout the year, I’m always encouraging them to try to find publication or recognition for their writing,” Trimm said.
According to the Alabama Writers’ Forum, the contest exists to recognize young writers, teachers, and schools for their work in creative writing. Competition categories include creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, senior portfolio, and literary magazine.
A panel of writing experts judges the entries.
MBHS student Emily King won two awards in the contest. She took third overall in the creative nonfiction long essay category for her personal narrative entitled “In the Round” and garnered judges’ special recognition in fiction for her short story entitled “The Other Side of the Mountains.”
King said she has been telling stories for as long as she can remember and hopes to incorporate creative writing into her future career.
“Having my work recognized in multiple categories really validates my writing ability and encourages me to grow even more as a writer,” she said.
Winning entries are typically celebrated during a ceremony at the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery, but that was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Below is a list of MBHS award winners by category:
Creative Nonfiction Long Essay
Emily King: Third place winner
Marielle Cornes: Judges’ special recognition
Emily Russell: Judges’ special recognition
Will Black: Certificate of Merit
Mary Carolyn Sink: Certificate of Merit
Creative Nonfiction Short Essay
Daniel Kimble: Cash award winner
Margo Belden: Judges’ special recognition
Arden Tapp: Judges’ special recognition
Emily King: Judges’ special recognition
James Nichols: Certificate of Merit
Patrick Neil: Certificate of Merit
Lindsey Smith T: Judges’ special recognition
Jack Smith: Certificate of Merit
Click here to see all of the winners.