The Princess of Iowa Flash-Fiction Contest Winners!

In M. Molly Backes’s The Princesses of Iowa, homecoming court shoo-in Paige Sheridan has a close encounter with death, and everyone around her begins to view her differently: her friends ignore her, her boyfriend becomes distant, and her younger sister wants nothing to do with her. It seems that Paige’s place on the homecoming court isn’t such a sure thing anymore. But does that even matter?

As Paige begins to question the hierarchy on which she’s based her life, she must figure out who she is if she’s not a homecoming court princess.

Inspired by Paige’s conflict, we asked you to write a scene in 200 words or fewer in which a character feels a threat to something very important to him or her. You wrote and voted, and we sent the ten finalists to M. Molly Backes herself so she could choose the winners!

And the winners are . . .

First place:
One Faded Summer by Carly Gordon

Congrats, Carly! You won a copy of The Princesses of Iowa, an audio copy of The Princesses of Iowa, a copy of See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles, and a copy of Getting Over Garrett Delaney by Abby McDonald.

Second place:
The Sweet Smell of Magnolias by Julia Warner

Way to go, Julia! You will receive a copy of The Princesses of Iowa, a copy of Shadows on the Moon by Zoë Marriott, and a copy of The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind by Meg Medina.

Third Place:
Childish Dreams by T.X.Jaine

Bravo, T.X.! You will receive a copy of The Princesses of Iowa.

Thank you to everyone who entered and voted!


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