Winning Writers

April 26, 2016

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Rindge, NH (April 26, 2016)— The New Hampshire Writers’ Project announced the winners of its 2016 essay contest: Freshman Natalie Hamilton won, in a tie for first place, followed by semi-finalists freshman Abbie Paquette and senior Stephanie Wilson.

“We received submissions from students in every corner of the state,” said Rob Greene, Chair of the NHWP. “The talented emerging young writers in New Hampshire have inspired us all here at the Writers’ Project. They inherit a rich literary tradition, one that includes New Hampshire Literary Hall of Fame inductees Robert Frost, John Irving, Maxine Kumin, and Donald Hall. We expect great things from these young writers as well.”

High school and college students across the state were invited to submit an essay up to 500 words in response to an essay question about race in New Hampshire. The panel of judges included esteemed Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticot.

All three students were offered full scholarships to Writer’s Day – a day of craft lectures and workshops with nationally renowned poets and writers, including the University’s liaison to the NHWP, Pam Bernard.

As a finalist, Natalie Hamilton, along with the four other finalists, were also invited to enjoy lunch with Elizabeth Breeden, an acquiring editor and marketing associate at Simon & Schuster, who answered questions about careers in writing and publishing, as well as what editors are looking for in the submissions they receive.


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