We want to extend a huge thank you to everyone who entered our first annual Beyond Borders Writing Contest! We received so many diverse entries about different experiences, and we really enjoyed reading your stories and hearing from your perspectives. You’ll get the chance to read them soon, too, because all of the winning submissions and several other excellent pieces will be published on our website in the next few weeks. We considered a number of different of factors, including originality and creativity, global impact, and writing style. Here are this year’s winners!

1st Place

Tanya Dhingra

100 Diamond Dollars

2nd Place

Spencer Nitkey

50 Diamond Dollars

3rd Place

Sarah Wagner

2 T-shirts and Beach Towel

4th Place

Michelle Purnama

2 T-shirts and Beach Towel

Honorable Mentions

Leah Schick

Duncan Brady

Shin Lee

1 T-shirt & Cellphone Wallet each

Best Submission from a Freely Member

Noelle Cress

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