Students compete in Wordsmiths Short Story Contest


(From left to right) Third place winner junior Jasmine Rodencal, first place winner junior Regina Schimke, second place winner sophomore Anna Schumacher, and honorable mention sophomore Ethan Brunke, hold up their short stories, after receiving their cash prizes.

Deacon Eberhardy, Reporter

Wordsmiths of Berlin held their annual short story contest in December, submissions were due by Dec. 14.

Short stories were written in a number of different genres, with the first place being a science fiction story named ‘Failure Number 4,398,001’ by junior Regina Schimke.

“I’ve always liked science fiction stuff, so I have a lot of ideas floating around. For this one specifically, I found a story that I kind of started, an idea that I had already, and then I reworked it for the contest,” Schimke said.

Contestants were free to write any genre for their stories which were then judged by a panel of teachers.

“I enter a lot of art contests and writing contests so I’m kind of used to it, but I was a little nervous because it was people I know judging it,” Schimke said.

Submissions were a maximum of 2000 words in a google doc, and the contest was open to submissions till December 14th.

“I wrote it over break, and I pretty much wrote it all week straight so it took quite a long time,” Schimke said.

Writers used their own experiences as inspiration for story material.

 “[My story] kind of just came to me, and it was basically that we all are really depressed here and we are really sad, and it’s kind of a sick way to look at it, but compared to all the tragedies that happened in the past I wanted to find some optimism that way,” second place winner Anna Schumacher said.

The top four submissions were posted on The Red ‘n’ Green website and the BHS website.