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2009-2010 Results

Approximately 250 students throughout the United States, ages twelve to eighteen, responded to the “call” of engaging the culture by creating thoughtful, artistic stories rooted in the rich and nourishing wisdom of God’s Word. Organized in its second year by Patrick Henry College junior Crista Richey, the “A Call to Pens” writing contest brought young competitors and judges together to contemplate God’s work in the world.

Entrants in the first division (ages 12-15) explored the truth that “love never fails” while entrants of the second division (ages 16-18) grappled with the paradox of “joy in humility.”

Results from both divisions show a real passion to engage the culture – and more specifically, to engage with those around us who are hurting, abandoned, or simply unaware of Christ’s grace and love for humanity. These stories, whether dealing with the hopes and fears of a soldier on the battlefield or celebrating the victory of a contestant in the Special Olympics, echo the profound truth that (to paraphrase Edith Schaeffer) there are “no little people” in God’s creation.

We hope you are blessed by these stories. Many of the contestants showed great potential, and a couple of them achieved an astonishing maturity not only in their willingness to grapple with thorny issues in a thoughtful way but also in their ability to write with artistic excellence.

Congratulations to all the winners, and our sincere thanks to all who participated! Be sure to check back in the fall for our next competition!

First Division

First Place
Let Freedom Ring
Evelyn Hildebrand

Second Place
Mark’s Race
John Wilson

Third Place
Catherine DeLaura

Honorable Mention:
Choices of the Least
Rachel Williamson

Second Division

First Place
These Fertile Lands
Mary York

Second Place
Ashlie Vandebrooke

Third Place
Rita’s Story
Hailey Sadler

Honorable Mention:
A True Champion
Eileen Larsen

Please contact Crista Richey at shortstory@phc.edu if you have any questions.

View results from last year.


Once you submit your manuscript, Patrick Henry College has the right to publish all or part of it. The college is not responsible for any manuscripts that have been lost, damaged, misdirected, etc. Entrants must be U.S. citizens and must agree to abide by the rules and accept the judges’ decisions. All profits from the contest will be given to PHC’s Annual Scholarship Fund.