I Survived Short Story Contest Winners

“…I think almost all of us can relate to the idea of life changing overnight–of suddenly you are in your day and in your routine and events completely out of your control change your life, and how would you respond to that? How would you recover from that?”

–Lauren Tarshis (author of I Survived series)

Back in April, we held a short story writing contest for kids ages 7-13, encouraging them to write stories of life in quarantine inspired by the popular I Survived book series by Lauren Tarshis. The past two weeks, the Youth Services Librarians of KPL were thrilled to read and discuss the plethora of creative stories received. There were tales written about kids living all over the United States and around the world, and we were amazed at the sincerity of emotions displayed through them all. There were stories that expressed concerns and fears, stories that found solutions through friendship and family, stories that held incredible depth in its poetic phrasing, stories that had us laughing out loud, and stories of compassion and care for our world. After some tough deliberation, we are proud to share with all of you our top 3 winners:

1st Place: Anna P. (Age 11)

2nd Place: Abigail S. (Age 11)

3rd Place: Jake M. (Age 11)

You too can read their stories by clicking on their names above. Because we recognized the hard work that went into all the stories for this short story contest, we have also decided to save all the entries to our Digital Archives for kids now and in the future to read and enjoy.


Shanon Barton works in Youth Services at the Kirkwood Public Library. She started volunteering for KPL when she was in 7th grade and loves that she gets to work there as her “real adult job.” When not hanging out in the stacks at work, she can be found at home watching Netflix, eating pizza rolls, and planning themed events with friends. If you catch her with her nose in a book, it will most likely be a YA historical fiction novel with some sprinkling of supernatural or magical elements.