The annual Friends of Anderson Park Short Story Contest is designed to foster creativity and a love of writing while drawing on Anderson Park as a spark for the imagination. The contest was established in 2018 and is open to Montclair students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades.

2024

Madhuja Ghosh

Madhuja Ghosh
“Fairy Tales”

Desmond MacBride

Desmond MacBride
“Bird-Brain”

Madison Pholwattana

Madison Pholwattana
“The Hollow in the Tree”

2023

Zoe Cohen

Zoe Cohen
“Memories”

Madeline Ahern

Madeline Ahern
“True Love”

The Olmsted Oak Award is for a distinctive work that falls outside the definition of “story.”

2021

Ila Bhattacharjee

Ila Bhattacharjee
“Fairy House”

Malia Cesareo

Malia Cesareo
“Pigeon Man”

Samaara Navani

Samaara Navani
“The Tree”

2020

Abigail Shepheard-Walwyn

Abigail Shepheard-Walwyn
“Elves”

2019

2019 Contest Winners

Winners of the 2019 Anderson Park Short Story Contest, from left: Juniper Shelley, Maxwell Kumahor, Suki Grabcheski, and Madeleine Young.

Maxwell Kumahor
“Stand Up”

Juniper Shelley
“Walking”

Suki Grabcheski
“Posie in Anderson Park”
– Olmsted Oak Award –