One Teen Story is a new literary magazine for young adult readers. Each issue will feature one amazing short story about the teen experience. For our teen fiction contest, we received over 200 great short stories this year.
After much deliberation, Gayle Forman, author of If I Stay and Where She Went, has chosen Nicole Acton’s story, “Night Swimming,” as the winner, which will be published as the May 2013 issue of One Teen Story.
This is what Gayle had to say about the winning story:
I read a lot of fiction, books that are out, stories that are out, books that are coming out. I can be awful finicky and hard to please. Therefore, not only was I blown away by the finalists in the One Teen Story fiction contest, I was surprised, too. They were that good.
It was a tough call and I had to re-read the stories several times (usually in these kinds of things, there is a clear favorite, or clear un-favorites). In the end, I chose “Night Swimming.”
To me, the best YA writing tells stories about young people, but doesn’t tell “young” stories. By which I mean, the stories themselves are meticulously crafted, the characters multi-layered, everything subtle and nuanced. “Night Swimming” is a coming-of-age story about teenagers, but it is not a young story.
Well done, Nicole Acton!!!
14-15 Age Group
- “In the End” by Katherine Mansfield
- “Blowing the Candles Out” by Joe Polsky
- “Paper Crowns” by Sarah Wilson
16-17 Age Group
- “Home” by Raisa Tolchinsky
- “Quarks in the Aftermath” by Farhan Kathalawa
- “To Have Hope” by Carolyn Ye
18-19 Age Group
- “Darwin” by Ratty St. John
- “Okay” by Laura Wanamaker
- “Vanishing Point” by Laura Cook
Thank you to all who entered the contest and we hope that you’ll submit to our contest next year!