Author C.A. Hartnell Announces Winners of Short Story Contest

Local children’s author C.A. Hartnell announces the winners of her “Adventurous Authors” short story contest partnership with the Clark County School District. Winners of the contest were split into two categories: individual student stories and top participating schools.

Selected from 360 story entries district wide, the top three winning stories have been awarded to:

  1. First place - Kaia L., fourth grade, Linda Givens Elementary School
  2. Second place - Ryan W., fourth grade, James E & A Rae Smalley Elementary School
  3. Third place - Quade G., fifth grade, Joseph L. Bowler Elementary School

Each winning student received cash prizes, Barnes & Noble gift cards, and a congratulatory letter from Hartnell. All entries were judged on story creativity and the winning stories are published on C.A. Hartnell’s website at

The top three participating schools with the most entries were:

James E & A Rae Smalley Elementary(first place – 112 submissions)

Jim Thorpe Elementary(second place – 46 submissions)

Joseph L. Bowler Sr. Elementary(third place – 43 submissions).

Each school received cash awards and an assembly with Hartnell where she conducted a reading and spoke about what it takes to be a real published author.

The contest was created to inspire and encourage 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students to consider a career in writing by drawing upon an adventure they took or a true event in their life and drafting a one-page story. The contest ran during the first six weeks of the 2019-2020 school year.

For more info on the winners and their stories click here!

Hartnell’s childhood adventures and events inspired her to write her four-book series, “The 1950s Adventures of Pete and Carol Ann,” available in soft cover ($8.99) and eBook ($3.99) on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iBooks, or audio book (starting at $9.99) on Amazon, iTunes and Audible, as well as on

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