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Congratulations 2021 Hudson-to-Housatonic Scholastic Writing Awards recipients!

View the full list of works recognized in the 2021 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 nearly 1,700 works submitted this year.

  • 273 Honorable Mentions awarded to promising works
  • 166 Silver Keys awarded to distinguished works
  • 104 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 a nationwide online Awards Ceremony for regional Scholastic Writing Awards recipients!

  • Date: Sunday, March 7th, 2021
  • Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET
  • Keynote Speaker: David Levithan
  • RSVP form link

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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.

  • Cayla Bernstein of Greens Farms Academy, for “Learning to Be” (Personal Essay & Memoir)
  • Rachel Brooks of Christian Heritage School, for “Seven Years” (Personal Essay & Memoir)
  • Elyza Bruce of Nonnewaug High School, for “The Countess” (Short Story)
  • Dalia Zlata Roshal, homeschool, for “Strawberry Moonlight” (Flash Fiction)
  • Janice Seong of Horace Greeley High School, for “The Jovian–Plutonian Gravitational Effect” (Poetry)

The Village Bookstore Prizes

The Village Bookstore of Pleasantville, NY is proud to present its 2021 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.

  • Emma Gordon of Somers Middle School, for “Allementi” (Novel Writing)
  • Amy Meng of Saxe Middle School, for “When You Jumped” (Poetry)
  • Fiona Pedraza of Hackley School, for “Switch” (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
  • Alec Schwartz of John Jay High School, for “Something's Wrong With Todd” (Dramatic Script)
  • Piper Spevak of Rippowam Cisqua School-Upper, for “L'accordéoniste” (Flash Fiction)
  • Annika Wise of Convent of the Sacred Heart, for “My Snowman” (Poetry)
  • Lauren Zhang of Middlesex Middle School, for “Questions for my Grandmother” (Personal Essay & Memoir)

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