The 2015 Seton High School Short Story Contest

The 2015 Seton High School Short Story Contest

The Seton Short Story Contest judging phase is over! Here are the 4 finalists! Their winning entries will be showcased in the Bayley Bulletin issue, and any honorable mentions from the contest will be published online. More about the contest rules.

Round 2

Grade 12

Katelyn Daniels

Katelyn Daniels

It’s Not Cowardly to Run

Grade 11

Zoe Krauskopf

Zoe Krauskopf

There Will Be Hope

Grade 10

Chantal LaFortune

Chantal LaFortune

Rezar

Grade 9

Luke Foyle

Luke Foyle

Of Dogs and Wives

Round 2

Round 3 – Grade 12

Katelyn Daniels

Katelyn Daniels

It's Not Cowardly to Run

Lucy La Fave

Lucy La Fave

The Candle Flames

Round 3 – Grade 11

In this special case, the judges realized that Kayla’s entry had more merit than their initial review.

Kayla Binner

Kayla Binner

A Faded Rose

Zoe Krauskopf

Zoe Krauskopf

There Will Be Hope

Round 3 – Grade 10

Sophia Olomi

Sophia Olomi

The Morning Miracle

Chantal LaFortune

Chantal LaFortune

Rezar

Round 3 – Grade 9

The judges did whittle grade 9 down to 2 candidates.

Luke Foyle

Luke Foyle

Of Dogs and Wives

Emily McKinnon

Emily McKinnon

Faith and Wings

Round 2

Round 2 – Grade 12

Katelyn Daniels

Katelyn Daniels

It's Not Cowardly to Run

Lucy La Fave

Lucy La Fave

The Candle Flames

Christiana Stauble

Christiana Stauble

The Silent Intercessor

Round 2 – Grade 11

Stephanie Girod

Stephanie Girod

A Search for Certainty

Zoe Krauskopf

Zoe Krauskopf

There Will Be Hope

Catherine Salgado

Catherine Salgado

The Christmas Gift

Round 2 – Grade 10

Sophia Olomi

Sophia Olomi

The Morning Miracle

Chantal LaFortune

Chantal LaFortune

Rezar

Round 2 – Grade 9

Luke Foyle

Luke Foyle

Of Dogs and Wives

Emily McKinnon

Emily McKinnon

Faith and Wings

Maria Pratt

Maria Pratt

The Golden Skates/The Lamp

Olivia Shapic

Olivia Shapic

Stained with the Courage of a Martyr

Ethan Wersland

Ethan Wersland

Battles and Soldiers

Round 1

Round 1 : Grade 12

Katelyn Daniels

Katelyn Daniels

It's Not Cowardly to Run

Lucy La Fave

Lucy La Fave

The Candle Flames

Paige McGuirk

Paige McGuirk

Aphelia's Ring

Lindita Nikolic

Lindita Nikolic

Confirmation

Christiana Stauble

Christiana Stauble

The Silent Intercessor

Valerie Stock

Valerie Stock

Susan Carter Learns the Virtue of Charity

Round 1 : Grade 11

Kayla Binner

Kayla Binner

A Faded Rose

Stephanie Girod

Stephanie Girod

A Search for Certainty

Teresa Henderson

Teresa Henderson

A Good Score

Zoe Krauskopf

Zoe Krauskopf

There Will Be Hope

Jonathan Lanari

Jonathan Lanari

The IceLand Escapade

Gemma Lobash

Gemma Lobash

Nudging Friends

Jansen Lyons

Jansen Lyons

A Conversation

Samuel McKinnon

Samuel McKinnon

The Master's Call

Josephine Raphaelle Ng

Josephine Raphaelle Ng

The Gift Exchange

Lindita Nikolic

Lindita Nikolic

Short Story

Eleanora Peters

Eleanora Peters

Undercover Missionary

Natalie Pratt

Natalie Pratt

The Park Bench

Catherine Salgado

Catherine Salgado

The Christmas Gift

Lindsey Valancius

Lindsey Valancius

The Man in the Black Coat

Round 1: Grade 10

Ezra Ho

Ezra Ho

The Sign

Teresa Jones

Teresa Jones

The Fellowship of the Wounded Spirit

Chantal LaFortune

Chantal LaFortune

Rezar

Diana Loutsch

Diana Loutsch

The Perfect Christmas Gift

Maria Miller

Maria Miller

Miss Cynthia

Daria Nagle

Daria Nagle

The Stray Heart

Sophia Olomi

Sophia Olomi

The Morning Miracle

Round 1: Grade 9

Elise Asan

Elise Asan

Thy Will Be Done

Julia Booton

Julia Booton

Love Will Remember

Isabella Colombo

Isabella Colombo

James' Return to Christ

Hailey Dodson

Hailey Dodson

Pretzels

Luke Foyle

Luke Foyle

Of Dogs and Wives

Allison Graham

Allison Graham

The Forgotten Path

Mark May

Mark May

The Martyr's Song

Emily McKinnon

Emily McKinnon

Faith and Wings

Samantha Miller

Samantha Miller

The Road to Czestochowa

Maria Pratt

Maria Pratt

The Golden Skates/The Lamp

Olivia Shapic

Olivia Shapic

Stained with the Courage of a Martyr

Erin Stutzman

Erin Stutzman

A Woman to Remember

Ethan Wersland

Ethan Wersland

Battles and Soldiers

Contest Details

Seton Home Study School promotes excellence in academic writing, and we also wish to encourage excellence in creative writing. Therefore, we are announcing a 2015-16 Catholic short story contest for Seton high school students.

An Era of Short Stories

The culture of America in the 1930s and 40s fostered Catholic short stories. Engaging stories about priests, religious, the laity, and the sacraments abounded. In a notable story of the period, a delinquent boy had an experience of grace that showed him the pain his lifestyle caused his mother. In another, a monk’s perspective was deepened by observing the charity of a fellow brother. One story featured a young boy who, with the help of a humorous confessor, learned respect for the priesthood and confession. We wish to encourage stories of this type in our time. The broad parameters of this contest are that the stories should feature Catholic values, beliefs, or sacraments. Additionally, stories should have character development; that is, the main character should grow or mature in some way in the story. Stories should not be fantastical but should be based in occurrences that could happen in real life. The prize is $100. Submissions will be judged by grade level: freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior. One winner will be named for each grade level, though if no story of distinction is found in a particular grade level, that level may be without a winner. The deadline is extended from December 31st to January 31st, 2016 to allow students time to write stories of true craftsmanship. May the inspiration of the Holy Spirit be with all entrants.

Submission Topic

Must include and relate to:

  • Catholic values, beliefs, or sacraments
  • real life situations
  • character development

Prizes

First place prize: $100 One first place winner for each grade level. Grades included are 9-12.

How the Entries Will be Judged

We have constructed a handy Guide to Writing Short Stories for you. Make sure you review it well so that your story has all the elements of a quality story. All entries will be judged by

  1. how they have adhered to the theme and guidelines of this contest.
  2. the quality of the submission – expression, use of language, spelling and grammar.

If a story doesn’t meet these two basic requirements, it will not advance to the final judging rounds.

Contest Judges

Members of the Seton staff will be the judges.

Submission Details

Max Length: 5000 words Deadline:  January 31st, 2016

4 Comments

  1. Claire M.

    are we allowed to send in more than one story?

    Reply
    • Bob Wiesner

      Although we encourage our students to write often, we really must limit submissions to our contests to one work per student. Write two, by all means, or three or ten, but then submit them to parents, friends and family to get their opinion on which is the best piece for the contest.

      Reply
  2. Ethan.W

    I accidently rated this one star. I actually love everything about this. Great idea and lots of fun.

    Reply

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