Rocky Mountain PBS StoryMakers Contest

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Thanks to all the 6th, 7th, 8th Grade Colorado Students who participated in our 2016 StoryMakers contest!
We received over 600 stories! 


Stay tuned for information about our 2017 StoryMakers writing contest beginning in September 2017. 

StoryMakers is supported with a grant from Douglas County Libraries. 

  • Entries are judged on originality, creative expression and storytelling
  • StoryMakers is in its tenth year and each year we receive over 700 entries
  • Finalists (8 for each grade) will be named in December/January 2016/2017 and invited to an all day workshop (and station tour)  with an instructor from Lighthouse Writers Workshop and a journalist at the Rocky Mountain PBS station in Denver on Saturday, January 21, 2017
  • Awards Luncheon held in Denver on Saturday, February 25, 2017 and attended by all finalists and their families. Winners are announced and prizes awarded.
  • Winners’ stories published on Rocky Mountain PBS website
  • StoryMakers is generously supported by Douglas County Libraries!

For questions, email Susan Barber

Supported by Douglas County Libraries
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StoryMakers At-A-Glance

Congratulations to the 2015 StoryMakers’
Winners and Finalists!

6th Grade First Place
Clarise Reichley: "I Am Eire"
Denver School of the Arts

6th Grade Second Place
Simone Kirkevold: "Call Me Stef"
Westview Middle School

6th Grade Third Place
Angel Mason-Warren: "Spirit Child"
Denver School of the Arts

6th Grade Finalists
Liam Bunta: "Dousing the Fire" (Westview Middle School)
Brody Doherty: "An Elf’s Story" (Branson School District)
Luc Dryden: "The Drive-In Time Machine" (Rooney Ranch Elementary)
Marina Leo: "New Eyes" (Denver School of the Arts)
Nikhila Narayana: "Fruitcake" (Rocky Heights Middle School)


7th Grade First Place
Althea Cohen-Porter​: "Cat-ery Battery"
The Logan School for Creative Learning

7th Grade Second Place
Natalie Johnson: "Redemption"

Carson Middle School

7th Grade Third Place
Maya Hunter: "Do Widzenia"
Campus Middle School

7th Grade 
Avalon Curnow: "Love is Stronger Than Death" (McAuliffe International School)
Stella Hostin: "Unpredictable" (Sagewood Middle School)
Amelia Modesitt: "The Harbor" (The Logan School for Creative Learning)
Camden Opfer: "The Wild Land" (Lesher Middle School)
Francee Schloesser: "What My Creation Created" (Denver School of the Arts)


8th Grade First Place
Cleo Lockhart​: "Death's Cloak"
Denver School of the Arts

8th Grade Second Place
Aubrey Rhoadarmer: "My Brother's Rabbit"

Westview Middle School

8th Grade Third Place
Paige Richter: "Push or Pull"
Colorado Springs School

8th Grade
Lena Anchordoquy: "Twisted Things" (The Logan School for Creative Learning)
Ginger Jacobs: "Unforgiving" (Saint Joseph Catholic School)
Madeline Klayer: "The Farm Across the Water" (Cresthill Middle School)
Aritra Nag: "The Bridge Between Life and Death" (Kinard Middle School)
Annika Rennaker: "Be Brave" (Cresthill Middle School)

Parent Testimonial

"I wanted to thank you for the Rocky Mountain PBS StoryMakers program. My daughter took part in the competition and was a runner up for the 8th grade group. The whole process was so thrilling for her to be part of. When we were at the studio for the celebration in January, she told us she felt like a movie star. She loved learning to record her story and download illustrations, but most of all I think she loved the fact that so many people were involved in the whole process, and that most were involved through volunteering. 

She was so inspired... Our children need to feel important in order to succeed, and every small step counts. This support needs to be more than just parents and teachers. When our children see other adults and important people involved in their futures, it paints a bigger picture for them. Thank you for painting part of this bigger picture." 

-The Bretts, Eaton, Co.

Rocky Mountain PBS and Douglas County Libraries encourage teenagers to keep reading and writing.  

Thanks to everyone submitting a story and special thanks to our major sponsor, Douglas County Libraries