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Age (2nd Prize - 16-18 years)

March, 2013
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Age
High above us rests the night sky - tranquil, subtle, and inscrutable. Powerfully, the scene arouses wonder and awe, which invoke a sense of morality and religion in me. Coincidental? Destined? Whether the high power resides there, I do not know. Neither does this bottle of wine, which sits in front of me. A sense [...]

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The Apocalypse Is Relative (2nd Prize - 16-18 years)

March, 2013
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The Apocalypse Is Relative
2012 was a somewhat boisterous year and when people think about 2012, they would remember the rumor about the Mayan calendar. As many people know, some people argued that December 21st of 2012 would be the End of the World since it was the last date according to the Mayan calendar.
Most people [...]

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Year of the Mole (1st Prize - 16-18 years)

March, 2013
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Year of the Mole
It is to the credit of my useless mind that upon hearing the phrase “2012”, my first thought is that of a particularly repugnant mole.
To be fair though, the mole was more than repugnant. In fact, I would say that it was spectacularly repugnant; thoughtfully offensive in the way Lady Gaga could [...]

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The Scrooge of 2012 (Complementary Prize - 13-15 years)

March, 2013
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The Scrooge of 2012
Once upon the 21st century, there was a filthy rich tycoon who, after a long string of catastrophic events that started from the end of 2011, began to oversee a project—the FO2XL. Its purpose was to take humans away from Earth when the global warming releases all its anger. It was a [...]

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The Diaphanous Cloth (Complementary Prize - 13-15 years)

March, 2013
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The Diaphanous Cloth
Chapter 1:
“Almighty and most merciful God”
“We remember before you all poor and neglected persons whom it would be easy for us to forget.”
“The homeless and the destitute”
“The old and the sick”
“And all who have none to care for them”
“Help us to heal those who are broken in body or spirit”
“To return their [...]

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“One Step at a Time” (Complementary Prize - 13-15 years)

March, 2013
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“One Step at a Time”
"Honey, I thought your resolution was to have a neater room. I don’t see that happening in any way," my mom said as she swept her eyes around my room. I could see a brief look of disgust flash over her face. Once again, it was obvious she was disappointed.
"It was. [...]

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A Fast 2012 (Compementary Prize - 13-15 years)

March, 2013
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A Fast 2012
The sky is blue; the sun is blazing. One can see a small, green hill. On the hill, a tree, an oak perhaps. Hanging from a large branch, a swing. On the swing, a very frail girl, her blouse lifts up when the breeze comes and curls up in its folds. At the [...]

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2012 (Complementary Prize - 13-15 years)

March, 2013
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2012
Fred was lying down on the sand. He was glad that his parents had got enough money for them to go to the south of Spain. Playa de Conil stretched out so far that from the air, it looked like a large gold ribbon. He really loved it. Its sounds, its intense colours, its scents… [...]

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Red Star in the Sky (3rd Prize - 13-15 years)

March, 2013
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Red Star in the Sky
1st December 101
Hello, my name is Young Jung and I am currently writing this diary…before I move onto anything else I’ll have to explain our date system. In North Korea we do not follow the Gregorian calendar, instead our calendar started from the birth of our Eternal President, Kim Il-Sung, who [...]

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Oh My Darling, Clementine (3rd Prize - 13-15 years)

March, 2013
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Oh My Darling, Clementine
“It’s over,” Su-Zi said.
“Wha…what? No, no Su-Zi!” Min-Gi pleaded.
“Can’t you see you look really disgraceful? Get away!” said Su-Zi as she turned her back to him.
“I can’t believe I waited for you until you became a university student. And…and…we promised to get married in three [...]

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2012 (3rd Prize - 13-15 years)

March, 2013
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2012
It was all Josie’s fault. She made me flinch.
I had long mastered the art of hiding a visible secret. Especially easy considering the combination of the weather and my un-athletic nature.
Then Josie slapped my arm on Tuesday at dinnertime and I let out an involuntary ‘ow’, almost simultaneously cursing myself for doing so. 
The yelp aroused [...]

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2012 (2nd Prize - 13-15 years)

March, 2013
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2012
I blink shattered fragments of dreams from my eyes,
an apocalypse raging behind sleepy lashes
but thankfully not
real enough to touch – at least
 
(people forget that the world
still bleeds and burns
and is so broken
and a few shivering heartstrings
are the only things holding
it together and even though it’s not the end
of the world tonight
it might as well be [...]

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Ophelian 2012 (2nd Prize - 13-15 years)

March, 2013
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Ophelian 2012

My father died on the cusp of my transition to full manhood.
The funeral was swift. My father was a frugal man, his will more so. In his small, economical handwriting he scribbled down half a page’s worth of statements – in my mind coolly and with a tinge of sadness, in the Presbyterian [...]

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Our Grey Lives (1st Prize - 13-15 years)

March, 2013
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Our Grey Lives
One woman walks in.
Two sets of meals are ordered.
Three other people populate MacDonald’s.
Four if you count the sleepwalking girl behind the counter who takes your order in a monotone voice.
Five in the morning.
 
Amelie takes out a faux leather wallet, its sides peeling off flakes of blue skin. [...]

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The Beginning (Complementary Prize - 10-12 years)

March, 2013
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The Beginning
Sweat dripped down from my head as I fumbled to open the lock with my trembling fingers. My heart was thumping as fast as a hummingbird’s. I heaved in and out, as my breath quickened and the air became denser. I didn’t have much time.
“I can’t do this. It’s not going to [...]

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