By Sandy Grossman
Sophomore Sandra Moore placed first in the 26th annual Jack London Award for young writers, a contest held by the Jack London Foundation, founded to preserve works of the American writer and social activist.
The contest, which is open to all high school students, requires participants to write a short story or essay based on one of the themes from any work composed by Jack London, such as the novels Call of the Wild and The Sea-Wolf. Moore won a $2,000 scholarship and an invitation to the Jack London Birthday Banquet with her story about a widow who finds comfort in her dog. The second prize winner won $1,000 and third won $500. All three top finishers will have their work published in the next edition of the Jack London newsletter.
“I have always been partial to writing short stories as opposed to essays or longer form works,” Moore said. “I also enjoyed one of Jack London’s books, White Fang, which inspired me to apply.”
For young writers interested in next year’s contest, the foundation will begin accepting entries at the end of 2015.