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Teen Writing Contest Winners Announced

Thanks to all participants in the Teen Writing Contest this year. This year’s contest featured writing inspired by the theme of the book Flight of the Hummingbird by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, in which the tiniest creature, a hummingbird, filled with optimism and desire to act, does what she can to save her forest from a fire.

GVPL was honoured to have Timothy Vernon, the artistic director of Pacific Opera Victoria, join GVPL staff as a guest judge for this year’s contest. POV presented the Flight of the Hummingbird opera in schools in January 2020; due to COVID-19, additional planned performances were cancelled. You can watch the opera here.

We are pleased to announce this year’s contest winners below. Due to COVID-19, we were unable to hold the contest reception. All winners have been contacted by email.
Congratulations to all participants!

Junior Category


1st Place – “Our Dream of Hope” by Cathy Yeung

2nd Place – “Save Ourselves” by Liliya Evdaeva

Creative Writing

1st Place – The Colours of Change by Kassia Beauchesne

2nd Place – Hollow by Rheanna Finigan

Short Story

1st Place – Reality or Fantasy by Wendy Wu

2nd Place – One Small Act by Lola Weinzettl

Senior Category


1st Place – “Help” by Emmalynn Whyte

2nd Place – “Gorgoneion” by Saffron Sobkin

Creative Writing

1st Place – Storytellers by Ritisha Chitoor

2nd Place – You by Rebecca Parson

Short Story

1st Place – A Series of Fortunate Events by Savannah Dam

2nd Place – For my Country by Devon Graen

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Guest judge Timothy Vernon, artistic director at Pacific Opera Victoria

Timothy is a celebrated musician and has received the Order of Canada, Opera Canada’s Ruby Award, the Diamond Jubilee Medal and Honorary degrees from Royal Roads and the University of Victoria. His vision was instrumental in bringing the concept of the Flight of the Hummingbird to GVPL’s Teen Writing Contest.


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