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BENNINGTON — Nine students from high schools around the world have been selected as winners of Bennington College's 2019-2020 Young Writers Awards, out of over 3,000 submissions received.

This annual competition, which accepts entries in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, is free to enter and open to high school students. A first-, second-, and third-place winner is selected in each of the categories, with cash prizes from $125-$500 awarded.

Young Writers Award finalists and winners are also eligible for undergraduate scholarships at Bennington. YWA finalists who apply, are admitted, and enroll at Bennington will receive a $10,000 scholarship every year for four years, for a total of $40,000. YWA winners who apply, are admitted, and enroll at Bennington will receive a $15,000 scholarship every year for four years, for a total of $60,000.

The 2020-2021 Young Writers Awards will officially open beginning on Sept. 3. Sign up to receive notifications about the competition.

"Extraordinary periods like this one call on a new generation of writers to uplift and enlighten," said Interim President Isabel Roche. "For more than eighty years, Bennington College has been committed to cultivating emerging artistic talent, and we are proud to continue that legacy by honoring this year's class of young writers."

All of the 2019-2020 Young Writers Awards Winners can be read at


First Place: "swimming pool (disambiguation)," Miracle Thornton, Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, Mich.

Second Place: "Spring / For My Grandmother / Self-Portrait in the Hall of Mirrors" Esther Sun, Los Gatos High School, Los Gatos, Calif.

Third Place: "Prayer for the Finite / Seeing Your Breath / Ode to Binary," Hewson Duffy, Saint Anne's Belfield School, Charlottesville, Va.


First Place: "Vanishing Act," Sofia Miller, Westview High School, San Diego, Calif.

Second Place: "Year 2000," Aluna Brogdon, Laguardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, New York, N.Y.

Third Place: "Looking for the Century," Alyona Baranova, Berlin Metropolitan School, Berlin, Germany


First Place: "Wen-Ying," Hannah Han, Harvard-Westlake School, N. Hollywood, Calif.

Second Place: "Pedigrees," Alyssa Wilson, South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, Greenville, S.C.

Third Place: "Liturgy," Ana Renee Moore, William Howard Taft High School, San Antonio, Texas


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