Every year we reach out to local High Schools and invite them to submit their work to Bravura. These are the 2020 award winners from each category: Prose, Visual, and Poetry.
High School Award—Prose
“Mist of Heaven”
by Celina Steinberg
In her own words:
Hello! My name is Celina Steinberg and I am thrilled to be featured in this year’s Bravura Journal! I am 15 years old and an incoming high school Sophomore. This is my first experience being published and I am extremely excited about the publication of my work. I am deeply honored by winning the award for Best High School Prose for my piece, “Mist of Heaven.” I was both shocked and grateful when I received an email notifying me of my achievement, and I have to admit the reality of it still hasn’t fully sunk in!
I am deeply honored by winning the award for Best High School Prose for my piece, “Mist of Heaven.”
“Mist of Heaven” originated as an assignment for a creative writing class I took during Freshman year. For the assignment, we were tasked with writing a myth to explain a certain aspect of our world today. As I began to write, the words came to me in chunks—at times entire paragraphs would come pouring out, and at others I would stare at a certain sentence for way longer than seemed healthy. Ultimately, it was a struggle as always to limit my story to the 2-page limit of the assignment. Eventually I completed my story, and after one last look-through, was confident in submitting my short story along with my other assignments for the week.
A few weeks later, a representative from Palomar College visited our classroom and my teacher encouraged us to try submitting to the 2020 publication. I decided to give it a shot, and submitted “Mist of Heaven” along with some of my short stories and art to the journal.
A few weeks later, a representative from Palomar College visited our classroom and my teacher encouraged us to try submitting to the 2020 publication.
When I discovered that “Mist of Heaven” was accepted into the publication I was overjoyed. However, it came as a shock a few weeks later when I received another email informing me that my piece had won the award for best high school prose for the 2020 issue of Bravura!
Without the encouragement and support I received from my creative writing teacher this year, the Bravura Journal publication would probably have never been brought to my attention. My English teachers over the years have really helped me foster my love for writing, and have enabled me to express myself with ease and confidence. I have had a passion for storytelling for as long as I can remember, and want to continue to write for my entire life.
My English teachers over the years have really helped me foster my love for writing, and have enabled me to express myself with ease and confidence.
By sharing my voice and stories with others, I hope to make a difference in people’s lives and share my experiences and ideas with the world.Thank you to everyone—family, friends, and teachers—for all of your encouragement, kindness, and support. I really enjoyed writing this, so I hope you enjoy reading my story!
High School Award—Visual
“The Future of the Human Race”
by Lindsey Poorman
High School Award—Poetry
“Sunny San Diego”
by Analulu Tavarez