Solano Teen Writing Contest Winner!
February 15, 2020
LastOctober, the Solano County Library held its annual writing contests. The teenager division for Teentober—a month dedicated to the participation of teenagers in libraries year-round—was open for anyone between the ages of 12-18. Within this division, there were three winners for each of the three categories: short story, essay, and poetry. One of these winners, Diya Patel, is a junior at Armijo High School.
Patel won the poetry category using a poem she had written for an English assignment. “We had to do a Fall Poetry Slam,” she said, “and so our teacher just wanted us to write a one-minute poem about anything.” Patel wrote about a topic very important to her.
The day of the poetry slam, the teacher mentioned the contest and the option of entering. “So I was like, why not enter? It doesn’t hurt to try. Who knows, I might win,” said Patel. Even without the competitive intention, the idea caught. “I just did it for the fun of it.”
If anything works to inspire creativity, it’s having fun, a point proven here. The rhyme scheme and the message that she explored were Patel’sproudest points. The prize for her poem, titled “Plastic Pollution,” was an email from the library and a gift card. All in a day’s job for a young, environmentally-conscious writer.
- Patel, D. (2020, February 6). Personal interview.
- Solano County Library. (2019, December 17). Teen Writing Contest Winners. Retrieved February 3, 2020, from http://www.solanolibrary.com/News/Article/123888