Lauren Tatge, left, and Tyrae Goodface were invited to Southwest Minnesota State University for their wringing entires in the Creating Spaces Writing Contest.

local students honored in regional writing contest


Two Hills-Beaver Creek students earned recognition in the 11th Annual Creating Spaces Writing Contest.  

Tyrae Goodface, a fourth-grader, won first place in poetry with her poem, “The Brightest Light In The World.”

Lauren Tatge, sixth-grader at Hills-Beaver Creek, won second place with her fiction story, “Taken.”

The winners, their families and teachers were invited to the Creative Writing Contest Awards Ceremony Sunday, April 26, at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.

Brochures were sent to all area schools last fall inviting students in grades 3 through 12 to participate in the writing contest.

A total of 288 students submitted 393 entries in the categories of poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction.  

 Students from SMSU’s Creative Writing Program handled the preliminary judging.  

SMSU English Department faculty judged the entries.

Medals were awarded to all students, along with an anthology of the winning entries.  

First place winners in all categories and grade levels were given $20 gift certificates to

First place winners in the 11th and 12th grade level also received a $2,000 scholarship to SMSU.  

The Creating Spaces Writing Contest was established as a partnership between the SMSU English Department and the Southwest West Central Service Cooperative to encourage a love of language and writing for all students and as a way to recognize the talented young writers in this region.

Students participated through a classroom project or on their own.


“The Brightest Light in the World,”

by Tyrae Goodface, first place

There once was a light

Which was so bright.

It was so awesome.

I thought it was a possum.

And I almost took flight.

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