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One Teen Story #9 - Winner

June 17, 2014
Helen by Claire Spaulding

Here’s how good it is: I envy you for not having read it yet, because it means you get to read it for the first time.

~ Patrick Ryan Editor-in-Chief

I agree.

After more than 300 submissions to the One Teen Story contest, guest judge Matt de la Peña selected this year’s winner: Helen by Claire Spaulding. This is a beautiful story that explores the many different forms and shapes of love, and does so in a way that you won’t realize until it hits you like leaving an air conditioned home on a hot humid day. As the second winner of the competition, this is a great follow up from last year’s winner, Night Swimming by Nicole Acton.

As Patrick Ryan stated, this is a great story to read for the first time and I want to respect that idea and not write any thoughts that would require spoiler alerts. Instead, I’ll leave you with my favorite line from the story and a link, here, to the interview with Claire.

Favorite piece of prose:

the moths swirled about the porch light and danced their own dance, desperate to escape the darkness. Happy Reading, ORB


The Rose O’Neill Literary House at Washington College serves as one of the cultural centers of campus, bringing together students, faculty, alumni, and local community members from across the disciplines. Our literary programming provides access to a wide variety of genres, including fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, scholarly prose, playwriting, and hybrid forms; our letterpress studio and Literary House Press introduce participants both to old and new technologies. We are dedicated to promoting the articulated word and to supporting students through professional, on-the-job training.

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