Three young Grand Junction authors who entered the Rocky Mountain PBS StoryMakers competition have been recognized for excellence in short story fiction writing.

Layne Thompson (Courtesy of Rocky Mountain PBS)

The three young authors, all middle school students at Holy Family School, entered their short fiction stories in the Rocky Mountain PBS StoryMakers competition.

Destiny Wrich (Courtesy of Rocky Mountain PBS)

The competition is open to 6th, 7th and 8th-grade students and has between 640 and 700 entries from students across Colorado. This year, 24 students were recognized for their outstanding short stories.

Holy Family eighth grade student Layne Thompson was a finalist for her story "The Space Between."

Holy Family eighth-grade student Destiny Wrich was a finalist with "Her Darkest Hour."

Sophia Feghali (Courtesy of Michele Feghali)

Sophia Feghali, a Holy Family seventh grade student, submitted her story "Stinky Bleu and the Case of the Death Cheese Formula" which won first place in her grade category.

Feghali, Thompson, and Wrich are the only students from Western Colorado to place in this year's competition.

Holy Family School language arts teacher Sidney Wood says,

We at Holy Family are tremendously proud of our young writers and their success in the RMPBS StoryMakers competition."

This is the 10th year RMPBS has held the competition. Stories submitted for the contest must be original single authored stories between 700 and 1,000 words in length.

The stories are judged on originality, creative expression, and storytelling. Eight finalists are selected for each grade category and prizes are awarded to the top three finishers.

Rocky Mountain PBS is planning to publish the stories on their website soon so everyone will be able to enjoy the fictional works of these inspiring young authors.

Click on the story title to read "Stinky Bleu and the Case of the Death Cheese Formula."

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