2018 Sower & Harvest Short Story Prizes

The competition was open to current homeschool students. Prizes were awarded to all winners.


A Note From the Founder


I’m always fascinated with the mechanics of creating a story.  There is a multitude of pieces that must come together with a precision to communicate a narrative. Then there are the methodical details that make a story impressionable and forever memorable.

Our participants this year have demonstrated a proficiency in the craft of storytelling.  The themes this year were aimed to challenge our young participants throughout the entire writing process.  With nothing more than a theme, we wanted to see some great original stories. Our desire was to see relatable, cohesive, genuine, and purposeful stories that leave a lasting impression.

We are deeply grateful to all our participants this year. We also wanted to give a special thanks to all the homeschooling parents who have invested so much into the hearts of these participants. Thank you for being a tremendous support to us and to the writers we showcase on our site. You inspire us to continue to press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

And now, we present the winners of the 2018 Sower & Harvest Short Story Prizes!


Carlos G. Ortega

Founder, Burning Bush Press

Announcing our Winners!


Level A (3rd- 4th grade)

Love Your Enemies

Love Your Enemies

by Karissa Chmil | First Place

I Am Wilka

I Am Wilka

by Claire Pilatin | Second Place

Annie and Singing River

Annie and Singing River

by Norah Krumholz | Third Place

Level B (5th- 6th grade)

Silver Dollar

Silver Dollar

by Evelyn House | First Place

Second Chance

Second Chance

by Anna Renee Stump | Second Place



by Eliza Jane Donohoo | Third Place

Level C (7th- 8th grade)

The Untold Story

The Untold Story

by Brooke Cox | First Place

Discovering My Mission Field

Discovering My Mission Field

by Emily Baffa | Second Place

A Day of Freedom

A Day of Freedom

by Katherine Kennelly | Third Place

Honorable Mentions

Promises to Fulfill by Curtis A. Bender

Birdy or Ashlyn by Harper Crump

Addison and Her Doll by Kaylee Forgerson

Nell’s Fried Chicken by Ayah Jackson

Lilly’s Decision by Nadia Lockard

Pauline’s Choice by Sophia Linh Rozdilsky

A Risky Companion by Jessica Bender

A Valuable Lesson by Ella Cortez

Michael and the Sheep by Simone Ruth Norwick

More Than Just Soup by Jillian Pedone

The Ballet Shoes by Eva Sohl

Seeing Clearly by Rachel Evans

The Right Choice by Madeline Kennelly

Snowballs by Sam Buck

Facing Mountains by Emma Cox

The Journey to Surrender by Amber Kuhn

The Surrender by Kylee Rodgers

The Truth by Ethan Ruelle

Crystal’s Gift by Kylie Stockton



Lidia Rozdilsky

homeschool parent

The quality of the work of the children that won was impressive on so many levels, and very much deserves the recognition it got. As a writer and multi-lingual person myself, I would like to say "chapeau" to you all who have cultivated such love for the written word in your children, because, talent aside, such work can only come through due to exposure to quality literature. We are hoping you will organize more such competitions and are looking forward to promoting your work.

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