Gaithersburg
Book Festival
Saturday
May 20, 2017 10am - 6pm
Gaithersburg
City Hall
Grounds
Gaithersburg
Book Festival
Saturday
May 20, 2017 10am - 6pm
Gaithersburg
City Hall
Grounds

Short Story Entries

The 2016 Finalists!

The 12 finalists for this year’s short story contest for high school students have been selected. This year, we had entries from all over Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., including students in public school, private school, and homeschooled.

Winners will be announced at the Gaithersburg Book Festival on May 21.

A Dog’s Love

By: Angelica Mansfield

Watkins Mill High School

Montgomery County, MD

I love my owner. He freed me from the crowded cage and carried me home in his arms. I love my owner. I love my owner. He took me on a walk today. The outside is amazing. I love my owner. I love my owner. I accidentally peed on the floor. He yelled and threw
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As Time Goes By

By: Olivia Hammond

Clarksburg High School

Montgomery County, MD

The foggy window contrasted perfectly with the little ladybug that slowly crawled on the stained glass. White wings with black spots and orange legs, the bug was an oddity in the usual stereotype of red and black. Oddity that it was, it still made its way across the glass, stopping to look at what suddenly
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Buster’s Twin

By: Alli Henderson

Broadneck High School

Anne Arundel County, MD

I was sitting out by the pool quickly licking my dripping mint chocolate chip ice-cream, while beads of sweat gathered on my forehead. I jumped, startled by the ringing of my phone, it had been so quiet I was caught off guard by the thunder of my Taylor Swift “Shake It Off” ring “Hello” I said “Anne,
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Eulogy for a Chameleon

By: Bethany Kressin

Osbourn Park High School

Prince William County, VA

Jack caught the color blue from the ocean. We’d gone down the coast on a trip that summer and mother could never bring herself to get the film developed, because it was the one when the waves tried to take him away. He’d gotten sea foam stuck in his eyes, and she complained about it
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Flight

By: Grace Biddle

South River High School

Anne Arundel County, MD

Gabriel’s tired brown shoes crunched as he trekked through the layers of freshly fallen snow. A cold breeze swept across the path that had once been a bustling street, and Gabriel pulled his crudely-made jacket tighter around his frail torso. With the snow still falling heavily, Gabriel thought of the comforting shelter of Mr. Rosenberg’s
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Life’s a Gamble

By: Emma Stohlman

Osbourn Park High School

Prince William County, VA

Fergus Toivonen first faced Death when he was 16.  His father had been driving down the highway, trying to get home in time for dinner, when they hit a bear.  He had felt weightlessness, a searing pain, then peace.  When he opened his eyes, he saw the most beautiful man he had ever seen.  The
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Paradise

By: Naomi Kline

Osbourn Park High School

Prince William County, MD

“Benny,” my brother pushed me until I opened my eyes. “Benny wake up he’s coming.” I lifted my head and stood up, careful not to make too much noise. “How is he?” I asked. The stumbling outside the door answered my question. My brother stood as a barricade between me and the swinging screen door.
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The Proverb

By: Neida Reina

Gaithersburg High School

Montgomery County, MD

A sweet mist has laid upon the mountain top this morning. The blades of grass are dripping from its embrace. The sun is timid, and I am still here waiting for answers. It has been three months since I came to this humble temple. I have no recollection of who or what I was before
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The Rest of Her Body

By: Bisma Shaikh

Osbourn Park High School

Prince William County, VA

“Ladybug ladybug fly away home, your house is on fire and your children are gone, all exc-” Oh my god, I swear if I have to sit and listen to these dwarves for another minute I will scream. When I signed up to babysit I thought I’d kind of just watch TV all day and
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The Sunny Side of Falling Rain

By: Emerald Norman

Takoma Academy

Montgomery County, MD

Laying on the freezing tiles of my kitchen floor makes my face numb. I can feel the dirt of two lifetimes’ worth of shoes and one lifetime’s worth of paws, contaminating my skin and hair. I haven’t changed since track practice, and dust clings to my sweaty clothes. My nostrils burn from the rancid smell
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The Ticket

By: Sarah Craig

Oakton High School

Fairfax County, VA

On a blustery Saturday in April, he stepped out onto the rubbery track with a forest green singlet on his back. He had never stood in a stadium this large, packed with people excited to witness the new generation of elite runners. College scouts from the best track programs in the nation took their seats
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Touching the Rainbow

By: Kayana Tyson

Osbourn Park High School

Prince William County, VA

“How was I supposed to know that if I put a glass in the microwave it would shatter? I’m not a chemist.” “The glass shattered because it was being heated unevenly at a high temperature. It doesn’t take a chemist to know that Max,” replies Kate, my new neighbor. Her and her parents had just
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More About This Year’s Contest

High school students from across the Washington Metropolitan Area were invited to submit short stories to the Gaithersburg Book Festival Short Story Contest.

To participate, stories could be no longer than 1,000 words and must be inspired by one of the following three photographs:

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photographer: Lindsey Levy, Winston Churchill High School

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photographer: Cameron Garland, Northwest High School

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photographer: Azalea Coste, Montgomery Blair High School (senior, 2014-15 school year)

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The Gaithersburg Book Festival is one of the nation's premier literary events, featuring talks and signings by some of the world's top authors, writing workshops, children's activities and performances, literary exhibitors, book sales, music, food, and fun for everyone!
Starts: 05/21/2016 10:00
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