Cardigan Mountain School A boarding and day school for boys in grades 6 through 9

Writing Contest Challenges Students to Use Their Imagination

Barney Writing Competition

As 97 students filed into the Humann Theatre, their eyes were immediately drawn to the large black and white photo displayed on the overhead screen. The photo was accompanied by the following instructions:

Use this picture to guide your story. Write a creative story in which the situation in the picture occurs. This could be the start or end of your story, or it could be happening during your story. Use your imagination and creativity to tell a unique and interesting tale about the character in the picture with an interesting plot, setting, and outcome.

The instructions guided the students in Cardigan’s annual Edward Barney Creative Writing Competition, which has been held at Cardigan for all grade levels since the late 1970s. This year our participants were among one of the largest groups in recent history to compete, and volunteered an hour of their time to respond to the writing prompt by creating a uniquely interesting story. The students will be judged in the coming days by an independent panel for their creativity, storytelling, and clarity of expression in writing. The winner will be announced at the end of the year award ceremony. 

Congratulations to all boys who demonstrated courage by entering the contest!


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