By mid-January, I've had it with all the "best of the year" lists that start circulating sometime around November. From "best movies" to "best music" to "best moments in sports," I am officially over it by the time the new year hits.
Until this year, when one type of list changed my outlook. The Best Teen Writing of 2008, presented by The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, is a compilation of poems, memoirs, short stories, nonfiction work, and more — all created by kids in grades 7-12. See, every year the Alliance runs the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, where teens from all around the country submit their work for consideration. Some of them are awarded locally, while a select few then go on to win national recognition. Last year, over 100,000 pieces of visual and literary art were submitted! The best of the best made their way into The Best Teen Writing of 2008!