The Youth Review is proud to present our 16th series, a summer contest on the theme of “Community.”
Brendon Wang’s story “The Fight Against Evil” takes the reader on a fantastical fight against an otherwordly creature where community is the key to success. This suspenseful story is action-packed and keeps you on the edge of your seat, rooting for community. Congratulations to him on being the Winner of the Elementary Writing Division!
Bonnie Chen’s two submissions showcase a beautifully drawn flutter of butterflies in Flight of the Monarchs as well as a touching story of resilience, perseverance, and community in “The Flight of the Monarchs”. Her artwork is the deserved Winner, Elementary Art Division, and her short story is an Honorable Mention, Elementary Writing Division.
Hannah Ren’s “Finn Underwater” is a charming story from the perspective of a robotic fish interacting with amusing and lovable characters on a breathtaking journey home. Her short story truly does deserve its title as the Winner, Middle and High School Writing Division.
Derek Wang's essay “Community” presents a wonderful insight into his surroundings and the community around him. From his observations on his school to the first responders that protect his community, he displayed a talent for personal narrative writing. We are glad to congratulate him as an Honorable Mention, Elementary Writing Division.
Enchi Kuo’s story “Floppy Goes Camping” is both a unique look on the challenges of moving away, as well as a heartwarming tale of making friends and finding a new, loving, community- all from the perspective of a lively Golden Retriever! Truly a touching and well-crafted story that more than deserves the title of Honorable Mention, Elementary Writing Division.
We are excited to congratulate our 3 winners and 3 honorable mentions on their spectacular submissions this series. This summer contest was a great showcase of talent in both art and writing, each one just as enjoyable as the next.
After several months of hiatus, the Youth Review returns with fresh faces on the editing team and a renewed passion for highlighting the best in Asian-American youth art and writing. We are delighted to see the community’s passion in creating hasn’t faded over our hiatus. Along with the head editors, Victor and Kailani, new editors Justin Wu, Serena Gao, and Eva Chen eagerly reviewed submissions from both returning contributors and new contributors. All of them demonstrated excellent capability for their craft. Our team was truly impressed by the skill, effort, and care put into submissions this series!
Thank you so much to all of our submitters for daring to share their prose, their ideas, their time and their creativity. The success of our first contest depended on these talented contributors. We appreciate all of the time and energy that went into making all of these submissions, because it most definitely paid off!
Thank you once more for contributing to the 2022 Summer Contest. We hope to see you again in future series! Be sure to keep an eye out for future calls for submissions.