Hannah Olbash. Dark Walk. Grade 12, Age 18. 2013 Silver Medal, Photography.

Hannah Olbash. Dark Walk. Grade 12, Age 18. 2013 Silver Medal, Photography.

This Halloween inspired Writing of the Month comes from Lia Schaffner, Age 14, from New York, NY. It won a Gold Key in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category of the 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. We hope it gives you the creeps!

You arrive somewhere. You smell rotten flesh and blood. You see tombstones surrounded by a wild fog that spreads into the darkness. You hear the whine of some ghost. You hear the crackle of bones clacking together. You touch one of the stones. Mossy. You touch some slimy stuff that has a texture like a brain. You are hungry and take out your tongue to feel the rain. It tastes of skin and hair.
Where are you? Everywhere feels haunted. Everywhere feels dead. Are you in hell? There are ghosts haunting this place. You remember as a little kid on Halloween your friends used to put a flashlight below their mouth. Haunting you with blood and bone stories.
Are you in a ghost story? Are you somewhere in a book?
You are in a story. With no way to get out. It’s not safe since you are alive.
Follow these instructions and you will survive and get out of the story. There are places to find safety. You can die. You can live. This is one way I know… Read More

Megan Leal Causton, Grade 12, Age 17, Portfolio Gold Medal, Painting

October’s Halloween inspired Writing of the Month comes from Grace Li of Manvel, TX. Grace is a 2011 Gold Medalist for Science Fiction/Fantasy.

My sister was the first genetically engineered baby.

My parents designed almost every characteristic of her, from her stormy blue eyes to her pale blonde hair. She was a model student. How could she not be, when she was given every gene for intelligence, athleticism, and beauty?

I was the second.

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