Santa Cruz, CA -- The Santa Cruz Sister Cities Committee proudly announced the winners of the annual Hans Christian Andersen Writing Contest at the March 26th Santa Cruz City Council meeting. Mayor Bryant presented top winners with certificates in three age group divisions:
Ages 6-10 in the Bambini division:
1st place Fiona Wasson Lyon for The Quail and the Tricky Bobcat
2nd place Maaike Luini for The Mystery Keyboard
3rd place Alisa Bennett for The White Deer
Honorable Mention Quentin Freeman for Crow
Ages 11-16 in the Ragazzi division:
1st place co-authors Bayson Chope and Giovanni Cerrito for Jack and the Donkey
2nd place co-authors William Cookroft and Arlin Cuthbertson for Alex, George and the Dragon
Ages 17 and above in the Adulti division:
1st place Joseph Isonio for The Birth of Hope
2nd place Joan Prebilich for Fairy Godmother’s Matrimonial Services, Inc.
3rd place tie Elsbeth Inglett for the Agave and the Bird and Sunset Sky Richter for The Story of Kelsinor
Honorable Mention Joan Reed Newman for Marta’s Gift
The local writing competition is part of a larger international competition that takes place each year in Santa Cruz's sister city of Sestri Levante, Italy. Andersen, the famed Danish author of fables and fairy tales, spent time on the Italian Riviera and is a favorite son of that region with the international writing competition named in his honor. The Santa Cruz local winners' entries are submitted to be a part of that competition in May.
The Santa Cruz competition is organized the Sister Cities Committee Sestri Levante sub-committee. Entries are made available in October of each year and are due the following January. Age group divisions give everyone a chance to participate. Local winners are announced in March after which entries are forwarded to Italy. For more information call 831-420-5277.