Congratulations to the winners of the Harris Burdick Story Writing Contest!

Thousands of stories were submitted by student writers around the country. Please see below for the winning entries.

Winning Entries

GRADES 2/3

  • Grand Prize: Katerina S.
    2nd Grade, Timber Ridge Elementary,
    Marietta, GA
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  • First Place: Rui de G
    3rd Grade, Summit Country Day
    Cincinnati, OH
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  • Honor: Jamie H.
    3rd Grade, Chadbourne School
    Fremont, CA
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GRADES 4/5

  • Grand Prize: Jordan W.
    5th Grade, Kingston Elementary
    Virginia Beach, VA
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  • First Place: Sam J.
    5th Grade, Sparta Meadowview Intermdiate
    Spart, WI
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  • Honor: Jaquelin S.
    5th Grade, Spalding Elementary
    Boise, ID
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GRADES 6-8

  • Grand Prize: Rena K.
    8th Grade, St. Theresa School
    Oakland, CA
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  • First Place: Kayla W.
    6th Grade, Fallon Creek Middle
    Aurora, CO
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  • Honor: Rama G.
    6th Grade, Torrey Hills Elementary
    San Diego, CA
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Burdick-inspired
stories


Just because the contest has ended does nott mean the story writing should stop! The illustrations in The Mysteries of Harris Burdick have long inspired young people to write their own stories -- try your own hand at completing the tale behind one of these mysterious drawings.

New stories will be posted each month, and periodically writers will be selected at random to receive books autographed by Chris Van Allsburg and other Burdick-inspired items.

Looking for more inspiration? Go to the Tips for Writers page for some suggestions on getting started.

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