Introducing the Winners of the 2022 Elaine Wetterauer Writing Contest
April 21, 2022
Our utmost congratulations to the 2022 Elaine Wetterauer Writing Contest winners and runners-up! Every year, Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Writers in the Schools (WITS) program holds the Elaine Wetterauer Writing Contest, named for beloved English teacher Elaine Wetterauer, who taught for years at Nathan Hale High School and was an early champion of WITS, as well as a champion of student voices and creativity in all forms.
The theme for this year’s contest was “Interiors,” inspired by the title of SAL speaker Charles Yu’s bestselling novel, Interior Chinatown. This year’s contest invited applicants to look beyond appearances in order to explore what’s on the inside, and to share the truth about their thoughts and feelings. The contest was open to all students, grades K-12, attending a WITS partner school during this school year. Teachers from these schools were also invited to submit their work in a separately judged contest.
Today, we are delighted to announce that our winners for this year are:
Sebastian B., Student Winner, Hamilton International Middle School
Mazie M., Honorable Mention, Leschi Elementary School
Hayley B., Honorable Mention, Seattle Children’s
Danielle Woods, Teacher Winner, Leschi Elementary School
Outstanding submissions from student writers across the WITS program are compiled in this chapbook. We hope you enjoy reading all their words as much as we have, as we consider who we are on the inside and how we relate to one another.
Congratulations to Sebastian and all of our winners!