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Winners in the 2003 St. Lawrence University Prize for Young Writers competition have been chosen, in poetry, fiction and non-fiction categories, from about 200 entries received. The first-prize winners in each category will visit campus in the fall to read their prize-winning work, plus participate in a seminar and conference.

The St. Lawrence University Prize for Young Writers competition is a national event held annually, to encourage the best high school writers in the country in furthering their craft. The contest is judged by St. Lawrence students.

First-place winners in each of the three categories are invited to campus in the fall, all expenses paid, to attend a creative writing seminar and do readings of their winning works. They also attend St. Lawrence's Young Writers Conference, held at the University's conference center in the Adirondack Mountains. Second-place winners in each category receive a cash award of $150 and third-place winners receive $100.

Poetry prizes went to, first, Mengmeng Huang, Irvine High School, Irvine, California; second, Franzi Roesner, Westwood High School, Austin, Texas; and third, Cassandra Watson, Brooklyn Tech High School, Brooklyn, New York.

In creative non-fiction, award-winners are, first, Malcolm Hill, Clarkstown High School South, New City, New York; second, Elizabeth Stern, Brunswick High School, Brunswick, Maine; and Rachel Weidenbaum, Clarkstown High School South, New City, New York.

Winners in the fiction category are, first, Kathryn Tyree, The Latin School of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; second, Ariel Levine, The Branson School, Ross, California; and third, Emma E. Baumgartner, The Latin School of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.

Posted: May 21, 2003