The staff at Jack London State Historic Park challenged Sonoma students this winter to create an interesting fiction story around a particular environment or natural event, like a winter storm, summer drought, or even meteorites and solar flares.

There were two categories, elementary school (fourth and fifth grade) and middle school (sixth through eighth grade). Students from Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Mendocino, Solano and Sacramento counties participated. They received 35 entries and chose six to honor. The students will gather for an event to celebrate their writing on Saturday, April 21 at the park.

The 2018 Jack London Park Student Writing Contest winners were:

Elementary school winners:

1st place – Alegria Silvi of Sonoma – fifth grade; “Missing”

2nd place – Evie Hatrick – fifth grade; “Just Another Winter”

3rd place – Lily Graver of Sonoma – fourth grade; “The Rainforest”

Middle school winners:

1st place – Rose Williams – seventh grade; “Why We Left”

2nd place – Hannah Morgan - eighth grade; “The Dilemma of Gemma Wilson”

3rd place – Eva Beatty – sixth grade; “Hansel and Gretel Reimagined”

The complete stories can be read online at