The short story contest is now closed. Congratulations to Kelly Baptist, the first place winner, who will receive a cash prize of $1000, plus the opportunity to be published in the WNDB Middle Grade Anthology, official title to be announced, published by Crown Books for Young Readers in January 2017. Baptist is a Human Resource Specialist in Michigan. Ami Boghani, awarded second place, and Reese Eschmann, the third place winner, will receive $250 and $100 respectively. Boghani is a writer and producer based in Brooklyn, NY and Eschmann is an elementary school social worker in North Chicago.