Winners in the Patten Free Library contest are: Front row from left, Aurora Guzzetti, Naomi Fidler, Harper Nelson, Ellen A. Endter and Rory Leeman; back row from left, James M. Wright, Arwyn Sherman, Jennifer Tinker, Ivey Strickland, Grace Tetreault and Zoë Brush. Contributed / Patten Free Library

Patten Free Library’s ninth annual writing contest drew more than 50 submissions for each of its categories.

For the first time, creative non-fiction submissions were accepted this year.

Grade 7-9 winners were:  nonfiction, “Me” by Franny DeGeer, first place, and “Peaks Island Vignette” by Harper Nelson, second place; fiction, “Nightmare in Disguise” by Rory Leeman, first place, and “The Excavator” by Ivey Strickland, second place.

Grade 10-12 winners were: nonfiction, “Writing to Remember” by Zoe Brush, first, and “A Perturbed Portrait by Grace Tetreault, second; fiction, “The Snow on Her Lips” by Aurora Guzzetti, first, and “Anne’s Final Day” by Naomi Fidler, second.

In the adult nonfiction category, “Dear Jennifer” by Jennifer Tinker took first place and “The Forgotten Voice by Ellen A. Endter, came in second. For adult fiction, “Birds that Sing in the Dark” by Arwyn Sherman and “The Hunt” by James M. Wright tied for first place.

Judges included the Patten Free Library staff and Teen Library Council. The judges reported being impressed with this year’s caliber of work.

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