Headshot of Anushka Misra

Each year, the iWRITE literacy organization holds a publishing contest for young writers and illustrators in grades three through 12. This year, Anushka Misra, seventh grade student at Gainesville Middle School, was one of the 125 winners chosen from across the globe.

Misra’s winning entry, "My First Win," will be published in the 14th edition of the “I Write Short Stories by Kids for Kids.” The story centers around a girl, who despite not being the fastest swimmer on her team, improves over the summer and beats her own record. Through this experience, the girl learns that sports are not always about winning or being the fastest but also improving and learning life lessons.

“I remember the day when my mom told me that she received an email informing us that my story had been chosen. I was very excited and very proud. I couldn't wait to see my entry published in the book alongside other published entries,” shared Misra.

Since her preschool days, Misra has always been interested in researching and writing stories. Misra attributes her success and interest in writing to her teachers in Prince William County Public Schools. Through the years, she has learned how to express herself through her writing and developed new techniques to make her stories better. She has also learned ways to engage with an audience by participating in the Gainesville Middle’s oratorical club.

“Whenever I look back at my writing over the years, I can see the difference and how much I have grown as a writer,” stated Misra. I would like to continue writing creative and meaningful stories. I want my stories to be a way for people to learn important lessons, but also stories that they can enjoy and talk about."