(Lenox, MA) – The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home proudly congratulates the winners of the 16th annual Edith Wharton Writing Competition. The Mount and The Berkshire Eagle established the writing competition in 1998, in honor of Edith Wharton’s remarkable legacy, and in support and recognition of emerging young writers in her beloved Berkshire region and the surrounding area. This year’s writing competition is sponsored by Berkshire Life, the Feigenbaum Foundation, and the local cultural councils of Great Barrington, Lenox, New Marlborough, Northern Berkshire, Richmond, and Stockbridge.
The 2015 competition invited students from grades 9-12 to submit entries in fiction and poetry categories. Karen Shepard, an author and professor at Williams College, and Simon’s Rock professor Peter Filkins served as judges. The Mount offered particular encouragement to Berkshire County teachers and their students, and special recognition goes to Monument Mountain Regional High School and Taconic High School as the two Berkshire County schools with for the most submissions. The Mount received a record-breaking 159 entries from twenty seven schools. The student winners represent the towns of Becket, Lee, Pittsfield, Sheffield, and Stockbridge among others.
The 2015 winners are:
11th and 12th First-Prize $250 Awards
Joscie Norris, Westover School – Poetry
Emma Lezberg, Pittsfield High School – Fiction
11th and 12th Second-Prize $150 Awards
Samantha Westwood, Rockville High School – Poetry
Samantha Reagan, Berkshire School – Fiction
9th and 10th First-Prize $200 Awards
Alexandra Ose, Rockville High School – Poetry
Sophia Cohen, Monument Mountain Regional High School – Fiction
9th and 10th Second-Prize $100 Awards
Amanda Adams, Hampshire Regional High School – Poetry
Isabelle Morley, Monument Mountain Regional High School – Fiction
9th and 10th Honorable Mention Gift Awards
Tagan Mundy, Monument Mountain Regional High School – Fiction
The Mount invites all participating students, their families and teachers, and the general public to attend an awards ceremony at The Mount on Sunday, April 26, 2014 from 2-4 p.m. The program will open with remarks by Brendan Matthews, a published author and faculty member in the Languages & Literature department at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. Awardees will be presented with prizes totaling $1,500 and will be invited to read their winning works aloud. Following the ceremony there will be a reception with light refreshments. This event is free. For more information and to reserve your space, please contact Kelsey Mullen at 413-551-5110.
About The Mount:
The Mount is a National Historic Landmark and cultural center that celebrates the intellectual, artistic, and humanitarian legacy of Edith Wharton. We engage a diverse audience by providing context to Wharton’s life and achievements through our educational and public programs and the conservation and preservation of her historic estate and gardens.
Each year, The Mount welcomes over 40,000 visitors. Daily tours of the property are offered May through October, with special programs and events throughout the year. Annual summer programming includes a joint exhibit with SculptureNow, Wharton on Wednesdays, Music After Hours, and the celebrated Monday Lecture Series. Exhibitions explore themes from Wharton’s life and work.
The Mount is located at 2 Plunkett Street in Lenox, MA. For additional information about The Mount, visit EdithWharton.org.