In Our Own Teen Voice Winners

September 29, 2022

Vancouver Island Regional Library would like to belatedly congratulate all of the teen authors who participated in the In Our Own Teen Voice anthology and writing contest this year!

This is the seventh year that the library has partnered with Rebel Mountain Press of Nanoose Bay to promote the contest and provide prize money to the winners of each category. This year’s theme was teen issues, and we had 90 submissions. The judges spent countless hours choosing 54 entries to be published in the anthology, now in our collection. Books can also be purchased directly from Rebel Mountain Press.

On Sunday, October 2, from 2-4pm, the Nanaimo North branch will host an author reading.Stop by to listen to talented teens read their original stories and poetry.

Congratulations to the winners below:

Fiction: Grades 11-12

First – House of Old Memories by Paul

Second – Abnormal Roommate by Antonella

Third – Five Minutes by Piper

Honourable Mention (tie)- Short Bus Ride to My Subconscious by Kyra

Honourable Mention (tie) – The Forest by Elena


Fiction: Grades 8-10

First – Absence by Gabby

Second – It Means You’re Insecure by Charlotte

Third – Life of Lies by Ava

Honourable Mention – Last Tuesday Blues by Jadyn


Poetry: Grades 11-12

First – Old Soul by Lorna

Second – Blood of the Soul by Paul

Third – Fuzzy Lines by Owen

Honourable Mention (tie) – Literacy is our Salvation by Antonella

Honourable Mention (tie) – Perfection by Elena


Poetry: Grades 8-10 

First – Threnody by Gabby

Second – Oceanus Spiritus by Lilah

Third – Not My Life by Amelia

Honourable Mention – I’m Satin Inside by Lily