SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -

Their names are in print for the very first time in a book filled with their own stories for sale for all to read. It's quite an accomplishment for some young authors in Santa Cruz.

The Bookshop Santa Cruz held its fourth annual Young Writers Contest and is releasing a published book of all of the winning entries. Featuring 17 original works of young writers, ages 6-17, the book showcases the writing and storytelling talent of young people in our community.

The honorees were selected from over 300 entries in a wide range of genres. Finalists were judged by Bookshop Staff and the book was designed and published through Bookshop's own Publishing Services Division.

Honorees received a gift certificate to Bookshop along with a copy of the book. Bookshop Santa Cruz is also donating a copy of the book to the school library of each honoree. Additional copies of the book are available for sale at Bookshop Santa Cruz for $10.95.

Honorees Include:

2013 HONOREES

Ages 6-9
First Place: Cara Burgess

Second Place: Riley Austin
Third Place: Ryan Hannah
Honorable Mention: Liliane Finn Newberry, Cassidy Flanagan and June Parvis

Ages 10-13
First Place: Julia Pearson
Second Place: Anika Lindley
Third Place: Jaida Johnson
Honorable Mention: Sophie Wright, Sydney Pelz and Ella Rintoul

Ages 14-17
First Place: Malakai Wade
Second Place: Allegra Cohen
Third Place: Abe Karplus
Honorable Mention: Nate Stephens, Victoria M. Mazariegos and Jasper T. Barnes

Next year's contest will be launched on May 19, 2014 and entries will be accepted until September 20, 2014.