ESSAY CONTEST THEME: “What would you miss most if modern-day civilization collapsed?”

In Station Eleven and City of Ember (our middle reader selection), a small group of survivors is coping with a world that’s very different from the one we know today. This year’s challenge was to write an essay about what you would miss most in a similar situation.

Congratulations to our winners! Click on the title to read the essay.

Adult Category:

First prize: Carol Banach – Lacking Human Interaction

Second prize: Christina Piel – Security Blanket

High School Category:

First prize: Madison Sveum – Disconnect

Middle School Category:

First prize: Annabelle Wilson – What I Would Miss…

Elementary Category (Grades 3-5): 

First prize: Liliana Torres – The City of Ember

Second prize: Jack Sill – What It Would Be Like

Honorable Mention: Reda Fensin, Winter Hamilton, Cate Carney, Evelyn Etter and Oliver Deutsch


This year’s entries were inspired by Station Eleven or City of Ember, and one or more of these themes:

a catastrophe • a safe place • resilience • teamwork •
survival is insufficient • a legacy • illumination • hope • rebirth

Congratulations to these winners!

Adult Category: 

First place: Laurie Hushek – “In the Distance”
Second place: Jill Mickey – “A Danish Legacy”

Elementary Category (Grades 3-5):

First place: Elyse Ost – “City Alight”
Second place: Jason Dineen – “Hope”