Grand Prize Winner
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Jurors' Awards


2009 Grand Prize Winner

I Pledge Under Circumstances
Jasmine T.Q. McLaurin
17 years old, District of Columbia



Judge: Sean McLain Brown
Mr. Brown is a disabled former Marine who served in the first Gulf War. He is an active member of Maxine Hong Kingston's Veteran Writers Group; he also teaches writing at De Anza College and Western Connecticut State University.