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Congratulations 2019 Hudson-to-Housatonic Scholastic Writing Awards recipients!

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View the full list of works recognized in the 2019 Hudson-to-Housatonic Writing Region of the Scholastic Writing Awards below!

A panel of professional novelists, editors, teachers, poets, librarians, journalists, and other literary professionals selected these works from 2,151 works submitted this year.

  • 345 Honorable Mentions awarded to promising works
  • 194 Silver Keys awarded to distinguished works
  • 120 Gold Keys awarded to the most accomplished works
  • 5 American Voice Nominees selected as the strongest regional works

Gold Keys are automatically forwarded for consideration at the national level of the Scholastic Writing Awards.

To recognize their outstanding work, this year's Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention recipients are invited, along with their guests, teachers, and our esteemed jurors, to the 2019 Awards Ceremony for the Hudson-to-Housatonic Writing Region of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards! RSVP now for seating and further details!

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The Madeleine L'Engle Senior Writing Portfolio $1,000 Scholarship

Joceylyn Royalty
Educational Center For The Arts, New Haven CT

Jocelyn’s Senior Writing Portfolio was selected by jurors as the most outstanding in the region. Congratulations!

Since 2013, The Crosswicks Foundation has generously provided the annual Madeleine L'Engle Scholarship for $1000, presented each year to the H2H Region's top Senior Portfolio. Mrs. L'Engle's literary legacy of more than 60 published works included the Newbery Medal winning A Wrinkle in Time.

The Village Bookstore Prizes

The Village Bookstore of Pleasantville, NY is proud to present its 2019 prizes for middle school writers! These prizes of $50 for each student aim to empower and embolden middle school writers who demonstrate exemplary skill and promise in their writing abilities, and to encourage their interest in and love for the craft.

  • Sabbia Gale-Donnelly of homeschooled in Crompond, NY for “Yes” (Poetry) and “On the Nature of Borders” (Short Story)
  • Devisi Goel of Seven Bridges Middle School in Chappaqua, NY for “Illegal?” (Poetry)
  • Ava Neumaier of Dobbs Ferry Middle School in Dobbs Ferry, NY for “Silent Movement” (Flash Fiction) and “Finding Charm” (Short Story)
  • Josephine Orr of Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, CT for “It's About the Journey, Not the Destination” (Personal Essay/Memoir)
  • Sofia Schaffer of Hopkins School in New Haven, CT for “The Selkie of Fife” (Science Fiction/Fantasy)
  • Elke Zigmont of The Country School in Madison, CT for “Sticky Notes” (Personal Essay/Memoir)

2019 Hudson-to-Housatonic Regional Ceremony

  • Date: Sunday, March 3rd, 2019
  • Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Location: Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY
  • Email:
  • Phone: (914) 401-4159
  • Keynote Speaker: Veera Hiranandani
  • RSVP form link

American Voices Nominees

These Gold Key works were selected by our jurors for consideration as the H2H Writing Region's National American Voices Medal, to be announced in March.

  • Eli Canter of Mamaroneck High School, Mamaroneck NY, for Skyscraper (Dramatic Script)
  • Grace Ellis of Rhinebeck High School, Rhinebeck NY, for I Hope (Personal Essay/Memoir)
  • Ana Paula Padilla Castellanos of Educational Center For The Arts, New Haven CT, for “Myself Early Morning” (Poetry)
  • Sarah Senese of John Jay High School, Cross River NY, for Charlie, Pink, Palm Sunday (Short Story)
  • Ava Vernor of New Rochelle High School, New Rochelle NY, for for you. (Personal Essay/Memoir)

2019 Hudson-to-Housatonic Scholastic Awards

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