Geneva Write Now

Winners and Commissioner Amy Cook

Congratulations to the winners of the second annual Geneva Write Now short story contest. The Cultural Arts Commission had the difficult job of narrowing down the finalists from a number of intriguing pieces written by Geneva residents. The top stories were then shared with a panel of judges to determine the winners. Thank you to all writers who submitted their stories this year. Please enjoy the prize-winning pieces below. The contest winners gathered on May 11 to receive their awards at Geneva City Hall.

The Winning Stories

First Place

Second Place

Third Place


Just Choose Something
by Mary Pastorello
Home Again
by Renee Toups
Carl and Lefty's Rough Ride
by Todd Hertz

6th - 12th Grade

Frozen in Flight
by Claire Totman
All For You, Blind Flea
by Raina Ulijasz
The Attack on Geneva Middle School North
by Danielle Nasra


  • Paula Garrett, 2021 Geneva Write Now contest first place winner
  • Victoria J. Hyla, Local Author
  • Taylor Egan, Executive Director, Geneva Center for the Arts

More Information

For more information about Geneva Write Now, contact Cate Tracy, Business Development Analyst and Cultural Arts Commission liaison at