Living Through the Coronavirus

… the conversation continues


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Life in the Time of Virus Essay Contest

Thanks for all who submitted their entries! As a note, this website will remain open for additional entries until the pandemic becomes a thing of the past.

Best wishes,
Anne Stanton
Executive Director
national Writers Series

Submitted Stories

1st Place – Touch

by Anne-Marie Oomen
04/09/2020, Empire, MI
Adult Category
I walked the empty road to a neighbor’s house. I hesitated to knock—I’d have to touch the door, but then I did. She came, her hair mussed, smiled, and put her palm against the glass and I put mine against the cool on my side.

2nd Place – A Deadly Dream

by Alexis Beeler, 04/09/2020, Traverse City, MI
Middle School 6-8 Category
The soft clink of the ceramic onto the glass gave way to the peaceful surroundings of a Monday morning. The sun peaking through the trees, dying the dark sky with oranges and reds. It seemed that it was the only aspect of the day I could grasp. I could rely on the sun rising, showering warmth onto the Earth . . .


We are accepting submissions from anywhere in the world. We ask that submissions be truthful, civil in tone, with no profanity or personal attacks.

You may make more than one entry, though all entries are moderated. 

Judging of submissions began on June 30, 2020 and the winners were announced August 23rd at our fundraiser with Susan Goldberg, editor-in-chief of National Geographic.

Because the story is evolving day-by-day, week-by-week, we’ll keep this website open indefinitely. Submissions will be digitally preserved by the Traverse Area District Library.

The National Writers Series is a nonprofit, dedicated to holding great conversations with nationally renowned authors. Net proceeds of our events go to our Raising Writers programs that help build the reading and writing skills of area youth. For more information, go to

While you’re home, take a look at or listen to some of the National Writers Series past author events. They were so much fun!

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