Lauren Wood – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – “Writing is one of the most effective and important tools students develop in high school,” said LRHS creative writing teacher Stefania Mitzithras. “It is imperative that we, as teachers, encourage our students to hone this craft.”

For many Mustangs, writing is not only a stress-reliever, but also a method to express oneself in a way nothing else can.

Clubs have been set up around LRHS to encourage young writers to step forward. Whether they enjoy creative writing, speech and debate, or poetry, there is always an opportunity for authors to be recognized.

Created by Mustangs Ahead editors who wanted an outlet for their more creative work, Mustang Musings literary magazine has been published for students to be electronically published. Submissions include art, photography, poetry, and short stories. If interested, please submit pieces to LRHS journalism teacher Thomas Honsa at by Feb. 1, 2018.

If students need grammatical aid in submitting their pieces, Grammarly is a free online tool designed specifically for this reason. Writers can enter their work into this site and watch as it underlines every grammatical error.

For authors looking for publications beyond LRHS, many writing contests have been set up in the Bradenton/Sarasota area.

The Ringling College of Art and Design Creative Writing Program is currently inviting all high school students to submit their unpublished stories to the Third Annual “Storytellers of Tomorrow” contest. To participate, contestants must submit stories of up to 2,000 words by Jan. 15, 2018. Only one submission is allowed in the two categories, Literary Stories and Genre Stories.

There is no cost to enter, and prizes of $200, $100, and $50 will be given out to the top three winners. All winners, including honorable mentions, will also receive a free t-shirt.

The top winner in both categories will have their story published in Ringling’s Creative Writing Program literary arts journal, Shift.

All students should email their submissions to For more information regarding guidelines, click here.

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