The West Virginia Young Writers Contest has recognized excellent writing by our state’s students in grades 1-12 for 36 years. This year, two students from Wyoming County received a state-level award.

The contest is an initiative of the Central West Virginia Writing Project at Marshall University and the West Virginia Department of Education.

Brielle Lyons from Berlin McKinney Elementary won first place in the third fourth grade division for her story, The Little Black Box.

Read Brielle’s story here:

Lexie Wikel from Mullens Middle School won third place in the seventh and eighth grade division for her story, Purpose.

Read Lexie’s story here:

May 8th is Young Writers Day in West Virginia. The state and county winners normally gather to celebrate their accomplishments and attend a day of activities devoted to writing. With the health crisis, like many other events, Young Writers Day had to be cancelled this year but we want to recognize our amazing West Virginia young authors.

Congratulations to these two writers from Wyoming County, the sixteen other state winners, and all the county winners of the 2020 Young Writers Contest!

To view the winning entries and find more information about the CWVWP and the Young Writers contest, visit

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