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

Special Mention – How The Corona Virus Impacted Me

by Savannah Wells, 05/13/2020, Boyne City, Mi
Elementary K-5 Category
Hi, my name is Savannah Wells and, well, I'm going to be telling you how my life has changed because of the Corona Virus. My mom is a flight attendant so she is considered an essential worker but according to the CDC guidelines, she is at high risk so she cannot work but she is still getting a portion of her pay so for a family of 5 we can barely make a living, but because of our wonderful schools and city, we can have snacks and a full meal . . .

3rd Place – Internal Drama

by Akyedzi Acheampong, 05/12/2020, Traverse City, MI
Elementary K-5 Category
Hi, my name is Akyedzi but you can call me Chez and this is what is going on in my head. Wait can pigs fly? When did I get a cow? Oh, I don't have a cow. What's the difference between a potato and a potato? Why am I doing this anyway? Oh yeah it is for a prize. Now I am . . .


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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