Winners of Bookworm of Edwards’ children’s writing contest announced |

Winners of Bookworm of Edwards’ children’s writing contest announced

Caramie Schnell
Sixth grader, Frances Farrel, reads a few paragraphs from her winning entry into the 3rd Annual Children's Writing Contest at the Bookworm in Edwards. Farrel's story, Colors, can be found in a collection of short stories from Vail Valley students called, Ungoverned Children, and is available for sale at the Bookworm.
Townsend Bessent | |

EDWARDS — Three years ago, The Bookworm of Edwards launched a children’s writing contest. Each year, they publish the winning stories in a book titled “Ungoverned Children.” The title is based off a famous quote by Mark Twain:

“The irritating thing about ungoverned children is that they often make as orderly and valuable men and women as do the other kind.”

Nicole Magistro, owner of The Bookworm of Edwards, calls it “the coolest thing we do all year.” The contest was open to children in grades 3-12. Nine judges chose this year’s winners, who were announced at The Bookworm of Edwards on Friday evening.

Copies of the 2015 edition of “Ungoverned Children” are available at The Bookworm of Edwards.

Here are the opening lines from the winning stories. Congratulations, young scribes!

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Vivian May, Grade 3, Edwards Elementary School

“Papa, do we have to go?” I asked, loading yet another heavy water jug into the wagon with Papa’s help. The jugs held strong, which was surprising because they were made of only small planks of wood cut with Papa’s ax and nailed with Papa’s hammer. “Lily, I am not going to answer that question anymore,” he said.

Blu Fernandez, Grade 4, Homeschooled

There was a prince who lived in a castle long ago. The castle was on a high hill above a small village. The village was, however, very poor. They used a trade system instead of money. The castle was made of gold and diamonds. The king was very greedy, rich and mean. The king also had a child. His name was Prince James.

Bianca Lipton, Grade 5, Eagle County Charter School

I told him not to do it, but he did it anyway.

We used to have fun together, my father and I. That was until the Sphyches came to Earth. Ever since then, he changed.

Frances Farrell, Grade 6, Eagle County Charter School

I jumped up from my desk where I was doing homework when I heard a knock on the door. I knew it had to be Ann. She could help me with my beginning algebra. After greeting her at the door, we headed back up to my room.

Isabelle Richie, Grade 7, Eagle Valley Middle School

The stool of my electric piano is so full of sheet music that papers are constantly falling out of the top. I don’t know where they all came from, just that they have managed to assemble an enormous mass of paper and ink. When I prop back the lid, I often have to remove stacks and stacks of books in order to find a song to play. Then, when I finally uncover the right music, I am so anxious to play it that I simply just throw all the other papers back in and crush them down under my weight. This happens so often that most of my pieces look like crumpled dollar bills.

Stephanie Lasater, Grade 8, Berry Creek Middle School

So, this type of thing tends to happen. It’s like the neverending chicken pox here. It rains. All day and all night long it just will not stop. Frankly, I’m getting sick of it.

That is all it ever does here. Just rains and rains until the sky seems to run out of rain, and then it snows. I don’t like it. I don’t want it. No one here does.

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