See and hear the winning alien stories

We asked some Dreamwrights actors to give us a dramatic reading of our first-place winning stories in the “It Came From Beyond!” short story contest.

Jasmine Null’s “Sam’s Alien Encounter”: http://youtu.be/6sVm9NMzpig



Brooke Hoffler’s “Ring of Alien-dividuality”: http://youtu.be/F3uzMQLuCf0



Hannah List’s “Trumper the Alien”: http://youtu.be/YrkddcRa1Mw


You can congratulate the winners at our special awards ceremony set for Friday, Oct. 5 at the York Emporium. The festivities begin at 7 p.m. and will include a special “Your First Comic” class, coloring pages and snacks.


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Short story contest — First-place winners

The Junior Dispatch would like to thank all of the participants in our short story contest. There were a lot of really great submissions.

It’s finally time to announce the first-place winners in our short story contest, which Junior Dispatch held in conjunction with the York County Libraries and the York Emporium.

We asked our young authors to create an original story about aliens from outer space. With more than a hundred entries, we’re proud to bring you our top winners in the three age categories.

The grand-prize winners, who will each earn $100 in prizes, are:

13 to 18 AGE GROUP

SAM’S ALIEN ADVENTURE:  Was written by Jasmine Null, 17, of Hanover and is about some observers from afar.

8 to 12 AGE GROUP

THE RING OF ALIEN-DIVIDUALITY: Was written by Brooke Hoffler, 12, of Dillsburg, and is about a girl’s ring and the secrets it holds.

7 and YOUNGER AGE GROUP

TRUMPER THE ALIEN: Was written by Hannah List, 7, of Red Lion, and is about a girl and a pumpkin.

Winners will be contacted in the next few days with information about our awards ceremony.

To celebrate these amazing stories, we give you a look at the life of a domestic alien … Alf! http://youtu.be/BUYdJI-bauA

Just in case you missed the announcements of our other winners, here are links to those posts.

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Short story contest — Second-place winners

We’re back. On Tuesday we announced the third-place winners of Junior Dispatch’s “It Came From Beyond!” short story contest, which we offered with the help of the York Emporium and the York County Libraries.

We received more than 100 entries and now we are announcing the second-place winners in each of our age categories. First-place winners will be announced Thursday.


13 to 18 AGE GROUP

Awarded to Emily Zeidman, 13, of Windsor, for the story titled “Totally Typical.” Read the story here about teen’s run in with a friendly alien.

8 to 12 AGE GROUP

Awarded to Asha Mir-Young, 10, of York, for the story titled “My New Friend Namo.” Read the story here about a plant-like alien.

7 and YOUNGER AGE GROUP

Awarded to Bella Wagner, 6, of Windsor, for the story titled “The Hideous Alien.” Read the story here about a visitor from Uranus.

As third-prize winners, these amazing writers earn a $10 movie gift card and a $10 gift certificate from the York Emporium.

To celebrate these winners, we offer you a look at Earth’s defenses against the alien hordes — The Men in Black! Enjoy the video. http://youtu.be/nvGQbtzUCc4

Winners will be contacted in the next few days with information about our awards ceremony.

Background image provided by Torley via Flickr.com.

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Short story contest — Third place winners

After weeks of reading and evaluating the crack team of Junior Dispatch literary judges have made their selections on the best stories submitted in our “It Came From Beyond!” short story contest, which Junior Dispatch offered with the help of the York Emporium and the York County Libraries.

We received more than 100 entries and now we are announcing the third place winners in each of our age categories. First and second place winners will be announced Wednesday and Thursday.

13 to 18 AGE GROUP

Awarded to Ashley Fife, 13, of Wrightsville for the story titled “The Undecided Tale.” Read the story here about an invasion that happened centuries ago.

8 to 12 AGE GROUP

Awarded to Brandon Secret, 11, of Jacobus for the story titled “A Silver Ball.” Read the story here about a very unique sort of alien scout.

7 and YOUNGER AGE GROUP

Awarded to Riley Lang, 7, or Windsor for the story titled “The Aliens are Visiting.” Read the story here about a very special gift for the visitors.

As third-prize winners, these amazing writers earn a $10 movie gift card and a $10 gift certificate from the York Emporium.

To celebrate these winners, we offer you a great example of alien fiction — Looney Tunes! Enjoy the video. http://youtu.be/iuXpXcbOFLo

Winners will be contacted in the next few days with information about our awards ceremony.

Background image provided by Brian Finifter via Flickr.com.

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The mind invaders

This is an entry in Junior Dispatch’s alien short story contest. The effort earns the writer a free book from the York Emporium and a chance to win a $50 movie gift card and a $50 gift certificate from The York Emporium. The submission deadline was Aug. 1.

By Joanne Ezibe
Age 13, Dover

Today is a very big day. Well, it is if you’re an alien who just finished the 4-day alien college. I know what you’re thinking: what kind of a college is only 4 days long? Here on Mercury, 4 days is about 232 earth days. So, it is actually pretty long.

Anyway, alien college teaches alien teenagers about one thing: earth. They teach them about earth’s amazing qualities and cultures, its beautiful scenery, and, earth’s wonderful variety of foods. So by the time the alien’s come out, they are supposed to be more sophisticated about the planet Earth.

“Mom, we’re home!” came the sudden shout from Ooflak, Gelatin, and Stacey, three alien college graduates.

“I’m in the kitchen!” Karaoke, their mother, replied.

“Oh, mom, we really missed you. Those four days were extremely tough,” Ooflak said.

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Alien Sram’s pirate adventure

This is an entry in Junior Dispatch’s alien short story contest. The effort earns the writer a free book from the York Emporium and a chance to win a $50 movie gift card and a $50 gift certificate from The York Emporium. The submission deadline was Aug. 1.

By Caroline Wolfe
Age 13, Dallastown

Some five hundred odd years ago, my mother made a wish upon a shooting star.

“A child with lips as purple as eggplants, head smooth as stone, and skin green as algae,” she begged. “Please.”

Her wish was granted and I was born. My name is Sram. I’m an alien from Planet Quan.

My mother was a good woman and raised me well. She eventually caught the fatal disease, Sternutatio, a sneezing disorder. She died two days later.

In our culture, parents aren’t married until their children have grown up. Because of this, I felt I had no reason to stay on Quan. It was time to explore new venues.

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Regular human aliens

This is an entry in Junior Dispatch’s alien short story contest. The effort earns the writer a free book from the York Emporium and a chance to win a $50 movie gift card and a $50 gift certificate from The York Emporium. The submission deadline was Aug. 1.

By Alex Connolly
Age 13, York

What are aliens, exactely?

Little green creatures with antennas? Weird beings with mystical powers that don’t exist? Anything that comes from another planet? It all depends on a person’s view of extraterrestrials. In this story, the “aliens” are regular humans.

Well … they look like regular humans, talk like regular humans and act like regular humans. However, they are from another planet, with mystical powers unknown to many of the human race. These are … the Its!!!!!

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Alien friends?

This is an entry in Junior Dispatch’s alien short story contest. The effort earns the writer a free book from the York Emporium and a chance to win a $50 movie gift card and a $50 gift certificate from The York Emporium. The submission deadline was Aug. 1.

By Cassandra Root
Age 13, Dover

I was sitting on my bed in my room, which is lime green and blue almost everywhere, and I was playing on my iPod. Then I heard my dog barking, so I looked out the door and didn’t see anything at first, but the more I looked around, after a while there were 2 alien-looking things. They looked big, but friendly in some sort of way.

They started talking to each other in the same language as us. They turned to me. The biggest one talked first. It was the girl. She said, “Hello my name is Cawapalopa.”

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Pluto isn’t even a planet …

This is an entry in Junior Dispatch’s alien short story contest. The effort earns the writer a free book from the York Emporium and a chance to win a $50 movie gift card and a $50 gift certificate from The York Emporium. The submission deadline was Aug. 1.

By Emily Seiser
Age 15, York

Zandra stared into the vast black sky. She wondered what life forms existed on other planets, because there wasn’t much on her home planet of Pluto. Zandra watched her daughter, Aurora, play and run around. Zandra’s twin sister Xanthe was the first to speak.

“She can not stay here,” Xanthe announced, her aqua eyes void of emotion.

“We know that, but where can she go?” Xavier, Zandra’s husband, asked.

“I can not let Aurora go!” exclaimed Zandra, tears beginning to form in her eyes.

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Sam’s alien encounter

This is an entry in Junior Dispatch’s alien short story contest. The effort earns the writer a free book from the York Emporium and a chance to win a $50 movie gift card and a $50 gift certificate from The York Emporium. The submission deadline was Aug. 1.

By Jasmine Null
Age 17, Hanover

The sky was a beautiful clear blue. It seemed like the night could go on forever. Sam rolled over and patted his pillow to get more comfortable. The camping trip with his family had been terrible, but the night sky seemed to make up for every argument that had come to pass.

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My surprising day

This is an entry in Junior Dispatch’s alien short story contest. The effort earns the writer a free book from the York Emporium and a chance to win a $50 movie gift card and a $50 gift certificate from The York Emporium. The submission deadline was Aug. 1.

By Emma Long
Age 13, Dover

Beep, Beep, Beep!

I looked at my alarm clock. 8:00? I thought I had set it for 7:00! My little brother, Ben, must have been messing with it again. I ran a brush through my mane of blonde, curly hair and threw some clothes on as fast as I could. I ran downstairs, jumped on my bike, and started pedaling so I wouldn’t be late to homeroom again.

As I put my bike on the bike rack, I heard some giggles behind me. I turned around and found myself face to face with Amanda Robinson, my worst enemy since the first grade, when she squirted glue all over my dress.

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Destructed mission

This is an entry in Junior Dispatch’s alien short story contest. The effort earns the writer a free book from the York Emporium and a chance to win a $50 movie gift card and a $50 gift certificate from The York Emporium. The submission deadline was Aug. 1.

By Cassandra Lauer
Age 13, York

Beep. Beep. Beep. “We’re coming in for a landing! Everyone hold onto something floating!” shouts the captain.

“But … um … Captain?” questions Spike.

“No but’s about it. We`re going down!” the captain exclaims.

“Prepare for impact in three… two… one.”

“Whoa!” shouts Vine.

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The undecided tale

This is an entry in Junior Dispatch’s alien short story contest. The effort earns the writer a free book from the York Emporium and a chance to win a $50 movie gift card and a $50 gift certificate from The York Emporium. The submission deadline was Aug. 1.

By Ashley Fife
Age 13, Wrightsville

November 16th, 1778. Williamsburg Virginia

My name is Elizabeth Collier, I am fourteen years old. I live in Williamsburg, Virginia. Williamsburg is a very beautiful and lovely place in the Fall, but the story that I am about to tell you is far from lovely, nor will it make you laugh; for the tale that you are about to read will make you believe that some things you would have never thought were real … are true.

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Abduction

This is an entry in Junior Dispatch’s alien short story contest. The effort earns the writer a free book from the York Emporium and a chance to win a $50 movie gift card and a $50 gift certificate from The York Emporium. The submission deadline was Aug. 1.

By Helen Zeidman
Age 13, Windsor

I was abducted by an alien, but in this case the abduction wasn’t against my will.

I am on my way to the therapist, wondering how it will end this time. This is my third time going to Dr. Thorn’s office, but I don’t think the other sessions count. He asked me questions about my family, work and even my favorite color. I knew he was testing my sanity, making sure that my answers matched up with the ones from family and co-workers.

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Totally typical

This is an entry in Junior Dispatch’s alien short story contest. The effort earns the writer a free book from the York Emporium and a chance to win a $50 movie gift card and a $50 gift certificate from The York Emporium. The submission deadline was Aug. 1.

By Emily Zeidman
Age 13, Windsor

It was a typical August morning. The sun was shining, the birds were chirping. Every possible cliché that could be, was. Everything was perfectly normal. At least, until I opened my eyes.

After stretching luxuriously under my velvety covers, I rubbed my eyes and sat up, opening my eyes with a yawn and expecting to see the sight I was usually greeted with: my bedroom wall. Instead, though, I saw something I thought I’d never see in my entire life.

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