LENOX -- The Mount, the novelist Edith Wharton’s home, has announced the winners of the 14th annual Edith Wharton Writing Competition.
The 2013 competition invited high school students from Berkshire County and the surrounding area to submit entries in one or both categories of fiction and poetry. This year’s judges were Williams College’s Karen Shepard and Simon’s Rock Peter Filkins.
The Mount received 123 entries from a record-setting 30 schools. Entries were received from Berkshire, Franklin, Hampton, and Hampshire counties, as well as from students in bordering Connecticut and New York counties and even one from New York City.
The 2013 winners are:
Grades 11-12, first-prize $250 awards: Julia Reynolds, Darrow School, poetry; Theodore Nappo, Lenox High School, fiction. Second-prize $150 awards: Rachel Nutt, Rockville High School, poetry; Emily Sullivan, Rockville High School, fiction. Honorable mention gift awards: Megan Chabre, Rockville High School, poetry; Christiane Lee, Rockville High School, fiction.
Grades 9-10, first-prize $200 award: Espy Thompson, Northampton High School, poetry. Second-prize $100 award: Emma Bullock, Miss Hall’s School, poetry. Grades 9-10, a three-way tie for fiction, $100 awards: Hannah Mulvey, Monument Mountain Regional High School; Madilyn Heller, Monument Mountain Regional High School; Emma Lezberg, Berkshire Country Day School. Honorable mention gift award: Maia Vlcek, Monument Mountain Regional High School, poetry.
The Mount invites all the participating students, their families and teachers, and the general public to attend an awards ceremony at The Mount on Sunday, from 2-4 p.m.
The program will open with remarks by Shirley Reva Vernick, author of "The Blood Lie." Award winners will be presented with prizes totaling $1,500 and will be invited to read their winning works aloud. Following the ceremony, there will be a reception with light refreshments. This event is free. For more information and to reserve your space, contact Kelsey Mullen at (413) 551-5110.
The Mount and The Berkshire Eagle established the writing competition in 1998, in honor of Edith Wharton’s remarkable legacy, and in support and recognition of emerging young writers in her beloved Berkshire region. This year’s writing competition is sponsored by The Berkshire Eagle and Berkshire Life.