Friends School Junior Wins 1st Prize in Statewide Science Fiction Contest

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Friends School junior Sydney Zimmerman has won 1st prize in the Baltimore Science Fiction Society’s (BSFS) Young Writer’s Contest. She will be presented with the award and will read her short story, “The Buoyancy of Thoughts,” before a live audience at Balticon51, the Maryland Regional Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, on Saturday, May 27, at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel.

The talented writer, who entered the contest at the urging of her English teacher Michael Paulson, is presently working on an Extradisciplinary Certificate in creative writing at Friends, according to Josh Carlin, program coordinator. “She attended a creative writing workshop at Goucher College with Madison Smartt Bell and sent him the story to read,” he says.

Beyond her academic course load Sydney is also working on a novel, one of the requirements she set for herself in planning her creative writing certificate. “She started out writing a novella, but it has quickly moved beyond that,” adds Carlin. Friends students have fared well in the annual BSFS contest: Last year, Kayleigh Ford ’17 won 2nd prize, as did Hannah Meshulam ‘13 in 2013. This year Kayleigh earned an Honorable Mention.

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