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Cover Story - May 24, 2019

Teen first-place winner: 'Boy'

by Sofia Lucas

I've never felt quite right in my own skin. Ever since I was little something's always felt off. At first it was just when I was swimming and had to wear a skimpy swimsuit, or when my older cousins would use me as their own personal Barbie doll to try new hairstyles and makeup combinations on my long hair and feminine features. But then it grew into something more.

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— Cierra Bailey Judges' comments on "Boy" A meticulously written story. With great empathy, the writer places us in the life of a young person in transition. The story is well plotted, the characters convincing and the setting beautifully rendered.


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