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Gaithersburg
Book Festival
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May 16, 2015 10am - 6pm
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Short Story Entries

The 2015 Finalists!

The 14 finalists for this year’s short story contest for high school students have been selected. This year, we had more than 150 entries from 11 jurisdictions in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., including students in public school, private school, and homeschooled.

Winners will be announced at the Gaithersburg Book Festival on May 16.

Angel of the Hospital

By: Samantha Anderson

Anderson Academy

Newport News, VA

Some people don’t appreciate what’s good in life, they look for things not there and forget the better times. I’ve learned to pull the good out of people, whether they want me to or not. My name’s Bear by the way, or that’s what they call me now. My story isn’t that unique, but I’ll
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Doppelganger

By: Aline Dolinh

Oakton High School

Fairfax County, VA

I wonder if things would be different if I hadn’t seen the photograph. I’d spent the whole afternoon cleaning the attic, a musty, windowless alcove filled with cardboard filing boxes that hadn’t seen the light of day in years. I was just about to throw everything into the garbage bag and call it a day
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Falling Chandeliers

By: Maggie Leon

Gaithersburg High School

Montgomery County, MD

But now I’m back. Back to the window, the room, the house. Back to the place where it fell apart. Back to the love, the lost, the long-gone. Back home where I don’t belong…anymore. I make my way through the crumbling doorway and over the remaining rubble of our old living room. My chest tightens
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Finding a Super Power

By: Annika La Vina

Walter Johnson High School

Montgomery County, MD

They told me that I was born with a superpower. They said that I was like Superman, Batman, and Captain America all rolled into one. They said I was going to be as fast as Flash, as strong as the Hulk, and as charming as Iron Man. I don’t know what my power is yet.
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From the Personal Log of Jake Higgs

By: Samuel Enriquez

Homeschooled

Anne Arundel County, MD

COORDINATES ΖΓ-113-5201, STARDATE 1613-12-6-2422 We came across the settlement on a routine exploratory mission for Humanity United. It was small, merely a moon orbiting a gas giant. The communications satellite orbiting it proclaimed its name as Steve’s World, est. 21-2-2421, population 247 settlers, no known indigenous sophonts. It had been registered with the Humanity United
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Inside

By: Elizabeth Woolford

Yorktown High School

Arlington County, VA

They say people spend an average of half their lives in houses. If you had looked at it from the outside, you might have thought that the yellow house on Grundler Street was just like any of the other mid-sized split levels in our little town. That was the point. Mom had our house painted
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Memory Leak

By: William Choi

Sidwell Friends School

Washington, DC

Snow was falling over the blanketed fields by the side of the road. To Karen, the frigid air seemed almost alive. It danced around her like a pack of rats, biting at the exposed skin of her face with icy fangs. Her feet crunched softly in the crisp snow, sinking ankle deep with each step.
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Primary Colors

By: Riley Corboy

Gaithersburg High School

Montgomery County, MD

My sister lived for fifteen years but took only a second to die. It happened quickly; her friend was driving them to dance class when an oncoming car swerved into their lane. They say Becca died on impact. The woman who killed my sister was trying to comfort her toddler when she lost control of
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Teddy Bear

By: Jenna Schwartzman

Oakton High School

Fairfax County, VA

6AM Wake up brush teeth get dressed put on favorite sweater breakfast out the door crap. Missed the bus. Run home get Dad drive to school first class essay second class third class see friend in hall fourth class read Shakespeare fifth class test next class sixth class seventh class pop quiz eighth class gym
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The Conquering Id

By: Alexander McLaughlin

Grace Brethren Christian School

Prince George's County, MD

Though Kate stood in the vibrant sunlight of the Whispering Pines school playground, part of idyllic scene of children romping and trees swaying, she was descending into a dark and rageful abyss. It was an uncomfortable, yet familiar, feeling that nearly stopped her cold—until she saw him emerge from the locker room. Trying her best
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The Dire Age of Technology

By: Mary Kasputis

Oakton High School

Fairfax County, VA

Ding dong. It was precisely two o’clock when I heard the doorbell’s ring resonate throughout the house. Ben was right on time. A few seconds later I heard footsteps pounding down the stairs and a loud thump as Nate jumped over the last two in a hurried effort to reach the door faster. I could
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The Grey Beyond

By: Kevin Robinson

Oakton High School

Fairfax County, VA

As always happened, play time came to an end with a shrill woman’s voice calling up the stairs, “Kevin! Come downstairs right now!” There is no point in disobeying the voice. Even a minute’s delay would bring an even louder and shriller voice, “What part of ‘now’ don’t you understand?” At that, the immense mass
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The Lego Man

By: Allison Marie McGlone

Yorktown High School

Arlington County, VA

The Lego man was Benjy’s favorite toy. Benjy was four when he got him, and he wanted more big kid toys. This was his first Lego toy, because his parents were worried that he’d choke. He played with him all the time. On August twenty-second, Benjy got a little brother. That day, the Lego man
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Waiting

By: Madeline Gresh

Academy of the Holy Cross

Montgomery County, MD

The house stood on a hill on a street corner.  It was blue and had black shutters on all its windows.  It was not particularly big, and it was made of wood.  Several trees stood alongside it.  There were just enough to feel cozy but not too many that they blocked out the sunlight.  On
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More About This Year’s Contest

Students penned short stories of 1,000 words or fewer that were inspired by one of the following photographs:

Levy small
photographer: Lauren Levy, Northwest High School

Herbert small
photographer: Bob Herbert, Rockville High School

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photographer: Bill Wu, Winston Churchill High School

If you’re interested in receiving a notice about the 2015 contest, which will launch in fall 2014, please email writingcontest@gaithersburgbookfestival.org

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