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Congratulations to the winners of the 2023 Books by the Banks Writing Contest.

There were many wonderful entries from some seriously talented writers. Thank you to everyone who entered. Special thanks to the contest judges who had the challenging job of reading all the submissions and determining the winners.

Adult Prose – Judge: Jeremy Spencer

1st place: “Sunchaser” by Alexander Salkin

2nd place: “The Furious Heat of Vengeance” by Ian Andrew Sykes

3rd place: “The Zen of Ironing” by Sylvia


Adult Poetry – Judge: Manuel Iris

1st place: “Pearls” by Sherry Robinson

2nd place: “All that is Left Over” by Erica Reid

3rd place: “Doomed to miss you (Some day, not now)” by August Hawley


Teen Prose – Judge: Jeanette Jackson

1st place: “She is but a monster” by Amelie Weber

2nd place: “Roasting Hearts and Marshmallows” by Alexandria S. Rhodes

3rd place: “Hot Water” by Cora Gaddis


Teen Poetry – Judge: Jiordan Castle

1st place: “Mom–Niam” by Amy Lo

2nd place: “Colonizers Mere Moments Before Eid Hunting for Homes in Jerusalem” by Fairouz Bsharat

3rd place: “Staring into the Orange” by Mia Watka