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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Junior Dispatch party at the York Emporium

The Junior Dispatch recently announced the winners of the “It Came from Beyond!“ short-story contest, held in conjunction with York County Libraries and the York Emporium, and now we want to party.

The York Emporium may look small on the outside, but through these doors is a 19,000-square-foot store packed with great books, comics and curiosities. It’s a great place to shop.

To celebrate our winners’ literary achievements, the Junior Dispatch and the York Emporium are planning a special awards ceremony at the store, located at 343 W. Market St. in York, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5.

The public (and all the short story contributors) are invited to this event that is especially geared toward families. Along with the fun going on at the York Emporium, York City is also planning First Friday events downtown, just a few blocks from the store.

Also, for anyone who missed the “Your First Comic“ classes available at many York County Libraries this summer, Junior Dispatch’s John Simcoe will be there to host another free 1-hour comic-book class. Aside from the “Your First Comic“ class, there will also be coloring pages, videos and snacks for kids to enjoy.

For more information, contact John Simcoe at 717-854-1575 ext. 457.

Make your first comic in a special class Friday, Oct. 5, at the York Emporium.

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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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Ugula and his 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 Brieanna Lantz
Age 11, Dover

Once upon a stars, there was an alien named Ugula! He was always in the mood for adventure! When he was born he’d seen the wildest thing that he has ever laid his 20 eyes on! So he came to earth millions of times to find what this magnificent creature was! But sadly, he had no luck! All he could remember was that it was colorful, full with pictures, and full with words! He looked in newspapers but they were just full of words and pictures! It needed to have color too! He looked in a kaleidoscope, but that only had color!

“Poor Ugula!” said his mother! “All he wants to do is find that mysterious creature! I wish I could tell him what it is, But I can’t even remember what it looked like!”

Later on that day, Ugula was playing in the yard. “I wish I could see what I saw when I was a baby!” said Ugula! Right then a astronaut landed on their front lawn!

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The aliens and the kidnap

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 Paige Lantz
Age 10, Dover

Once upon a galaxy their was a planet in our solar system that we never knew was there. There was a species of aliens on this planet. These green 12 eyed creatures had an idea that they were trying to make happen for years! They wanted to go to the only planet in our solar system where there was life!

They traveled to all the other planets in the Milky Way but they found no life, just plain old nothing. They finally took one of their ships to hover over Earth, and they did it!

They found the only planet in the Milky Way where there was life. Of course there was life on their planet since there were aliens on it but no one knew it existed. So the aliens in the ship flew back to planet Cattail (named after the plant) and celebrated, then got to work planning their plan to take a trip to Earth and kidnap a special somebody. The aliens did have a reason and their reason was to learn science to make more aliens from the amazing scientist Albert Einstein. They looked on all the planets in the Milky Way to see if they could find him and they knew there had to be life. So they had an alien named Amelia be their captain of the mission.

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Surviving on Snexle

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 Marietta Sisca
Age 11, Lewisberry

It was a dark and stormy night. Ubleckein poured down and dashed against the window of the observatory. “1 wonder if we’ll ever get home?” thought Ashan.

Ashan was one of the first kid astronauts. She had been at space camp in the space shuttle Endeavor. Her team and she were feeling what it was like to blast off. The engines had been on standby so the rocket wouldn’t blast off, but there was a malfunction and they had blasted off. Her team had programed the ship to go to Mars, but the ship had been thrown off course by a meteor shower. They had landed on the planet Snexle in the asteroid belt, and befriended some aliens who had helped build
the observatory.

The aliens were about a foot tall and 8 inches wide. They were covered in fur and had antennas with little balls on the ends. Their arms and legs were thin. They had mostly transparent wings with a tint of the color of their fur.

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Cole’s 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 Cole Holloway
Age 6, Dover

Aliens are visiting me to play with me and go to eat pizza at CiCi’s with my family and me.

My aliens will also go with me to Chuck E. Cheese’s to play lots of games and win lots of prizes.
Then we will go home and have a sleepover until they go home and I will really miss my alien friends.

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Bryonna’s 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 Bryonna Holloway
Age 8, Dover

One day I went to the library to find some books to read and to my surprise, there stood some aliens in the parking lot.

So I went up to them and asked if they wanted to play at the park, then we can go pick some books at the library.

We found some really good books that we took back to my house.

I started to get hungry so we went to Logan’s for dinner and eat lots of peanuts.

After we ate we went back to the house and had a slumber party.

The next morning the aliens had to go home and I was really sad to see them go.

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Finding the Starship

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 Anabelle Pinci
Age 10, York Haven

One time in the future, there were smelly, slimely, but very friendly aliens that were just visiting earth.

They asked me, “We need a …” Their names are Bonny, Tonny, Conny, and Ponny.

I said to them, “Follow me.”

“Zit Zit.” It was Bonny’s phone or they call it in their language, the bleep blop.

So, now we are off to find the thing. Then out of nowhere there was a WOLF, wait a PACK OF WOLVES! “Run,” I said to the aliens, but they did not.

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