Winner of the Requiem Contest!

Requiem writing contest judged by Lauren Oliver

More than a thousand entered, but only one could win!

The winner of our Requiem contest with HarperTeen and is …


Rani Lee!

Winner Rani Lee!

Lauren Oliver, bestselling author of the Delirium series — DeliriumPandemonium, and the new Requiem — chose Rani’s story “Swimming” as the grand-prize-winning entry. Rani will get a trip to New York to visit the HarperTeen offices … and the opportunity to write a column for for one year!

Click here to read the winning tale on — and read more about this talented 21-year-old from Atlanta, GA, in her interview with

Congrats to Rani — and to everyone who entered!


About Judge Lauren Oliver

lauren oliverLauren Oliver is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Before I Fall and the Delirium series, both of which have been optioned for film. She is also the author of two books for younger readers: Liesl and Po, which was recently named a finalist in the 2012 E.B. White Read Aloud Awards, and The Spindlers, which has received many accolades from the publishing world, including 5-star reviews.

Lauren writes every single day; she wrote much of Before I Fallon her phone on the subway, shuttling back and forth between her job as an editor at Razorbill and her MFA program at NYU. In addition to being a writer, Lauren is the co-founder of Paper Lantern Lit, a book development company. She loves to read, run in Prospect Park, buy shoes, and work with fabulous new authors on unstoppable book ideas.

11 thoughts on “Winner of the Requiem Contest!

  1. I followed the links to read “Swimming,” but they didn’t work. However, I found Rani Lee’s profile and her story there, and wow… read it, guys. READ IT.

  2. I KNEW SHE WOULD WIN!!! I even told her. (Don’t know if she ever received that message, though.) I read her entry and it was SOOOO good!!

  3. Cool story! This may just be me but for some reason it reminds me of the Defy the Dark entry that won with the whole friend-is-dead-while-mc-is-hanging-out-with-a-dude. Idk probably just me.

  4. Congratulations, Rani! I read this for the contest and I thought it was one of the best pieces. It’s so awesome that you won!!! 🙂

  5. Congrats Rani! The story was really good! Are the runner-ups going to be announced? I want to read more good stories with this prompt!

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