Rocky Mountain PBS StoryMakers Contest


Rocky Mountain PBS StoryMakers Contest 2015
We Celebrate Young Writers!

Calling all 6th, 7th, 8th Grade Colorado Students!

Put on your writers’ hats and enter an original short story in the 2015 Rocky Mountain PBS StoryMakers Contest.

Stories may only be submitted online from August 17-October 9, 2015. 
Click here for the Rules and Rubric. (READ THESE FIRST!)


  • Entries are judged on originality, creative expression and storytelling
  • StoryMakers is in its ninth year and each year we receive over 700 entries
  • Finalists (8 for each grade) will be named in November 2015 and invited to an all day workshop (and station tour) with noted writers and journalist at the Rocky Mountain PBS station in Denver on Saturday, December 5, 2015
  • Awards Luncheon held at Rocky Mountain PBS station in Denver on Saturday, January 9, 2016 attended by all finalists and their families. Winners are announced and prizes awarded. 
  • Winners’ stories published on Rocky Mountain PBS website
StoryMakers Overview
  • Each year, Rocky Mountain PBS offers this unique writing contest to middle school students statewide. We are in our eighth year!
  • The contest is sponsored by CenturyLink, a longtime supporter of the program who helped conceive of the idea back in 2007 with the education department at Rocky Mountain PBS and has helped to make it possible ever since.
  • Open to students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades in Colorado. Entries are judged on originality, creative expression and storytelling.
  • We receive more than 700 submissions from across the state every year.
  • Winners and finalists are honored at a special luncheon in January with keynote speaker and bestselling author Dom Testa.
  • More than 40 volunteer judges participate each year. They are always blown away by how creative and powerful the stories are!

Supported by a grant from CenturyLink
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Congratulations to the 2014 StoryMakers Winners and Finalists

6th grade first place

Anya Chavez: “Flamingo”
Jarrow Montessori School-Boulder, CO

6th grade second place 

Haden Ringel: “The Life of a Printer”
The Logan School for Creative Learning-Denver, CO

6th grade third place 

Maya Hunter: “Escape!”
Campus Middle School-Centennial, CO

6th grade finalists

Sanya Bhartiya: “Twisted Nots”
West Middle School-Centennial, CO

Erika Olson: “Wallflower”
Castle Rocky Elementary School-Castle Rock, CO

Audrey Springer: “When New York City Fell Silent”
Coyote Creek Elementary School-Highlands Ranch, CO

Jacob Welch: “The Gift”
Home School-Colorado Springs, CO

7th grade first place

Noah Ghiselli: “The Key” 
Platt Middle School-Boulder, CO

7th grade second place

Sadie Buggle: “Kwanla” 
Lesher Middle School-Fort Collins, CO

7th grade third place

Emily Winn: “Flying Pebble”
Denver School of the Arts-Denver, CO

7th grade finalists

Isabella Guilez: “A Single Dollar” 
College Pathways-CO Springs, CO

Miles Hobart: “7 ate 9”
Holy Family Catholic School-Grand Junction, CO

Madelyn Maxfield: “Nobody Girl”
Trail Ridge Middle School-Longmont, CO

Summer Marquis: “Overcoming” 
Dunstan Middle School-Lakewood, CO 

Joseph Nye: “The Lightning Key”
College Pathways-CO Springs, CO

8th grade first place

Sadie Fletcher: “Realizing”
Falcon Buffs Middle School-Littleton, CO

8th grade scond place

Brett Bowman: “Free at Last”
Cresthill Middle School-Highlands Ranch, CO

8th grade third place

Max Van Sickle: “Down the Barrel”
The Logan School for Creative Learning-Denver CO

8th grade finalists

Savannah Davia: “And I Was Hers”
Westview Middle School-Longmont, CO

Rebekah Dowlin: “Alone”
Twin Peaks Charter Academy-Longmont, CO

Mallory Finley: “Diary of a Pig”
Twin Peaks Charter Academy-Longmont, CO

Maura Lake: “The Handel Sonata”
Holy Family Catholic School-Grand Junction, CO

Melody Lipke: “Boundless”
St. Peters Lutheran School-Alamosa, CO

Rachel Van Gundy: “Dying to Live” 
Cresthill Middle School-Highlands Ranch, CO 

StoryMakers Luncheon 2014-15

StoryMakers Luncheon 2014-15 (part 2)

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 CenturyLink encourage teenagers to keep reading and writing.  

Thanks to everyone submitting a story and special thanks to our major sponsor, CenturyLink.

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