Thursday, September 02, 2004


An eastern Nebraska 11-year-old has won a prestigious national writing contest with her 2,500-word story, “Bunny, Go Home.”

Meredith Gold, daughter of Kurt and Sue Gold of Elkhorn, won the Student Writer category for Grades 1-5 in the Kay Snow Writing Awards, part of the Williamette Writers group out of Portland, Ore.

Meredith’s name is listed on the group’s website, www.williamettewriters.com in first place, above students from Texas, California, Georgia and Oregon.

Heads up to teachers, homeschoolers and aspiring writers: that website has some of the best writing links around. Examples: the Children’s Writing Resource Center, the Children’s Literature Web Guide, and Common Errors in English.

Meredith comes by her talent genetically; her mother teaches writing. According to an article in the Douglas County Post-Gazette, the judge wrote, “I am so impressed with this story. Not only is it extremely well-crafted, it tackles some pretty hefty issues. I am bowled over that such a young writer has such keen storytelling skills. This is a writer to watch.”

Meredith will be homeschooled this year, according to the article.

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