Photography: That Down Home Feeling


Between The Lines
Digital, 2016
Heli Patel

Dark Roasted
Digital, 2017
Heli Patel

Perfect White
Digital, 2016
Heli Patel

Cow
Digital, 2017
Heli Patel

Heli Patel is a photography student at Booker T. Washington Magnet High school. She has been in the program for four years and has been a photographer for more than five years. When taking photos, Southern culture is what she takes most pride in, and she particularly enjoys taking photos of animals and nature.

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Writing Contests!

Fall is contest season for creative writing, and four of the important ones for high school writers are either already accepting submissions or are about to start.

Bennington College’s Young Writers Awards is open to high school students in tenth through twelfth grades to enter their work into the following categories: poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. The entries are judged by faculty and students. In each category, the first place winner in each category is awarded $500, and the second place winner, $250. The submission deadline is November 1. All entries must be original!

The Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest, sponsored by Hollins University, invites “young women” who are high school sophomores and juniors to submit up to two poems. The Creative Writing program students and faculty judge the entries and notify the winners in late February. The first prize winner receives free tuition and housing for Hollins Summer creative writing program, and $200. There six second place winners are awarded with $25. This is the 54th year for the contest.

The Kenyon Review‘s Patricia Grodd Poetry Poetry Prize for Young Writers is open to high school sophomores and juniors, who may enter one poem during the submission period: November 1 – 30. There is no prize money awarded, however the winner receives a scholarship to The Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop. The two runners-up will have their poems published in The Kenyon Review.

The PTA’s annual Reflections competition for 2018 is also getting underway. The theme this year is “Within Reach.” Participation in the Reflections program is handled through the PTA, with schools, county councils, and state affiliates setting their own deadlines. Reflections is designed to encouraged arts education in schools, and the multi-genre Literature category is meant for young writers.