Lainie Matulich

Lainie Matulich

MOUNT VERNON -- Lainie Matulich, 16, of Mount Vernon, will have quite an accomplishment to list on her college applications after winning the grand prize in a writing contest at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County.

On Sunday, Dec. 1, library patrons celebrated the accomplishments of local writers at “Pages on Stages.” The event featured performances by The Choraliers between poetry and prose readings from the KnoxWrites Fiction Workshop and Teen Writing Program.

Nine authors who signed up for the library’s National Novel Writing Month program competed for the title, “Best of Knox NaNoWriMo” by reading a brief excerpt of the projects they composed in November. The NaNoWriMo contestants’ projects included young adult fiction, sci-fi, memoir, and literary fiction; but it was Lainie Matulich’s “Bring Your Own Shovel” that swept the judges off their feet and earned her a $50 gift certificate to Paragraphs Bookstore; a complimentary one-year subscription to The Kenyon Review, and a manuscript consultation.

Lainie is a junior at Mount Vernon High School, an editor for the school’s literary magazine, and a regular at both the Teen Writing Program and the Library’s MakerSpace, where she is known for her creative projects. “Keep an eye on this young author,” Literary & Writing Program Manager Jamie Lyn Smith-Fletcher said, “She has so much promise and it was exciting to see someone so young chosen for this honor.”

The library offers a number of programs for aspiring authors of all ages; you can find these listed on the library website at, by visiting the library at 201 N. Mulberry Street or calling 740-392-BOOK, ext. 224.

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