Chelan’s Jadyn Matson takes first place

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Write on the River and NCW Libraries are happy to announce the three winners of the 12th Annual High School Writers Competition. Jadyn Matson, a homeschooled sophomore from Chelan, won first-place for her fiction entry, “At the Edge of the World.”

Published authors like her favorites, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, have been Jadyn’s best writing teachers, she said; she’s a devoted reader and gains her inspiration from books. She’s written short stories, but her biggest project is writing her own fantasy novel, which is now half-finished. Her primary reader-responder is her cousin, who’s always given good feedback on her

Read “Over the Edge of the World’ by Jadyn Matson

Honorable mentions went to Jada Wood of Cashmere for “Helios” and Isabel Menna of Leavenworth for “Lost Princess Found: A Story of Resurrection.”

The winners will share $200 in cash awards and will be featured readers at Write on the River’s next Four Minutes of Fame open mic event. Learn more about the winners and read their entries at

The competition is open to high school students (including public school, private school, home school, and running start students) in 9th-12th grade. Students must reside in Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan, Grant, or Ferry counties.

New York Times best-selling author Chelsea Cain, who visited Wenatchee as a 2011 WOTR conference speaker, founded and continues to sponsor the annual competition.

Write on the River (WOTR) is dedicated to nurturing and inspiring local writers, whether in fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. WOTR supports traditional and indie publishing and local sharing of the written word. Learn more or become a member at

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