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Art Inspires Gaithersburg Book Festival Short Story Entries

Student posing by brick wallArtwork presented at this year’s art show on the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus will serve as inspiration for high school students competing in the Gaithersburg Book Festival short story contest.

The short story contest is a tradition of the Gaithersburg Book Festival, to be held May 16, 2015. Previously, one of the festival’s authors would write three lines as a writing prompt for students. Students would use those lines as a starting point for their short stories.

Room being renovated“This year we decided to let high school students inspire each other,” said Robin Ferrier, vice chair of GBF. “Members of the Gaithersburg Book Festival community reviewed more than 100 pieces of artwork created by Montgomery County Public Schools high school students as part of the 2014 annual art show sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus and chose our three favorites to serve as the inspiration for this year’s short story entries.”

The art works are by Bill Wu of Winston Churchill High School; Lauren Levy of Northwest High School; and Bob Herbert of Rockville High School. Wu won third place in the photography category at the art show in January.

Lego guy photo The 2014 show featured the work of young artists and photographers, who were to create works based on the theme “moment in time.” Students from 16 of the county’s public high schools submitted more than 140 2-D art pieces and more than 150 photographs to the competition. Jurors selected approximately 40 art pieces and approximately 40 photographs to be showcased in the exhibit.

The short story contest is open to high school students who live in Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C. The deadline for entries is Feb. 20. More information about the contest can be found at

Johns Hopkins University’s Montgomery County Campus is an annual sponsor of the book festival. The university also sponsors the prizes for the short story contest, usually gift certificates to a book store. The top three winners will be announced at the Gaithersburg Book Festival. The first place winner will receive a $100 gift certificate; second place a $50 gift certificate; and third place a $25 gift certificate.

CATEGORY: The Arts, K-12 Outreach, In The Community