Recent News/Announcements

October 19th, 2020

The Maryland Voices 2020-2021 Team!

We are excited to present the 2020-2021 Maryland Voices team! While we are not in the same room this year due to CDC physical distancing guidelines, we are united as one under our goal to publish the best creative nonfiction writing pieces by high school students! Please be sure to wear a mask, practice physical distancing, and maintain a creative outlet (like writing creative nonfiction!)

The Maryland Voices 2020-2021 Team

July 10th, 2020

Interview with the Maryland Voices Top 3 Award Winners

Mary Samokhvalova

The Maryland Voices Top 3 Award is designed to recognize three writing pieces that display exemplary mastery of creative nonfiction. I contacted the authors of the winning pieces so you could further hear the voice behind the words. These are their responses…

Chloe Ann McGeehan, author of “Puzzled”

Hello! Could you please introduce yourself?

My name is Chloe McGeehan, and I am a rising junior at River Hill High School. I like to fill my free time with clubs and activities that involve my community. I am a member of my school’s executive board, track and field and cross-country team. I also have seven siblings. Life can get hectic, but I always make time for reading and writing. Writing is an outlet, an opportunity to express myself, and reading broadens how I see the world around me – very cliché I know.

How did you learn about Maryland Voices and what or who inspired you to submit?

I learned about Maryland Voices from my English teacher, Ms. Curry. She made an announcement about a student-run publishing group that was looking for submissions from high school students. I was immediately interested. I’m always looking for writing contests and other ways to express my voice in a public and competitive setting. Maryland’s Voices was the perfect opportunity. I have never before been published, so the whole process felt new and exciting.

Why did you choose to write specifically about the situation you told us in your winning piece “Puzzled”?

I chose to write about my experience during redistricting because, at the time, it was a source of stress, weighing on me. The thought of losing my school, my team and my friends was overwhelming to say the least. When I saw that Maryland Voices was looking for creative non-fiction stories, I thought about the opportunity it would give me to voice my experience and thoughts on the matter, as it was very controversial. I didn’t want to waste the chance of being published on a story that didn’t matter to me, so I decided on a topic that was of importance to me and those around me. I chose to connect my experience with redistricting to my great grandfather to make it more personal and add another dimension to the story.

What does it mean to be a top 3 published author to you?

It means so much to me to be a Maryland Voices top 3 published author. I love to write and to be able to say I’m published, but I’m even more proud to be a top 3 published author. I will never stop writing, but the recognition and praise helps build my confidence to share my voice with the public, and not just myself. It’s daunting to put your experiences or opinions out there in today’s world of keyboard warriors, hate, and fake news, so having awards and accolades – such as being a Maryland Voices top 3 published author – to fall back on really helps young authors like me continue writing and sharing.

Is there anything else you would like our audience to know? 

I would like the Maryland Voice’s audience to recognize that writing isn’t exclusively structured essays written solely to pass a class and forget about later. Writing can be poems, creative nonfiction, or short stories that help us process the world we live in and express ourselves. I truly believe everyone should find time to write. As Maya Angelou so eloquently stated, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

Daniel Yi, author of “Life of a Young Foreigner”

Hello! Could you please introduce yourself?

Hello, my name is Daniel Yi, and I’m a rising senior from Marriotts Ridge High School. I grew up in Maryland, but I’m originally from S. Korea.

How did you learn about Maryland Voices and what or who inspired you to submit?

My English teacher, Ms. Richards, told me about Maryland Voices, and she encouraged me to submit my writing.

Why did you choose to write specifically about the situation you told us in your winning piece “Life of a Young Foreigner”?

I chose to write about the situation in my writing because I was inspired by how hard my parents worked every day ever since we moved nine years ago. Also, my dad, who is a retired veteran from the U.S. Army, taught me about the importance of serving our country and taught me how this nation is built upon sacrifices of brave men and women. This lesson never left my head ever since I was a kid, so I wanted to incorporate these events into my writing.

What does it mean to be a top 3 published author to you?

I honestly did not expect to be a top 3 published author, but it’s an honor to share my story with such a historic and incredible organization. I hope my writing reaches other children of immigrants and motivates them.

JUNE 25TH, 2020

VOLUME X IS NOW AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE RIGHT HERE ON OUR WEBSITE. Click on the file below or go to the “READ VOLUME X” tab.

June 24th, 2020

VOLUME X RELEASE DATE

We are excited to announce that we will be releasing Maryland Voices: Volume X on THURSDAY, JUNE 25TH, 2020! Everyone will be able to view it right here on our website. We cannot wait for you all to see our year of hard work and read the stories that Maryland high school students have to share.

June 18th, 2020

Q&A with the Senior Editorial Team Members.

Stefan Cehan

After working on the Maryland Voices editorial team for the 2019-2020 school year, these graduating high school seniors have learned what it takes to produce a creative nonfiction journal. From managing various submissions and juggling many deadlines, they have greatly contributed to the final journal. We asked them questions about their experiences and this is what they had to say:

How do you feel now that you’ve completed your work on the MV team?

“I am proud that I contributed to our team’s revival of the Maryland Voices publication. We worked hard to create a product that Maryland students will read and contribute to for years to come.” – Caleb McClatchey

“Now that I’ve completed my work on the MV team, I have this sense of accomplishment. I spent a lot of time being a part of something bigger than myself, showcasing the works of writers across the state. Knowing that I gave my time to something that will possibly last a lifetime fills me with confidence and pride.” -Jack Keane

“Sad that it’s over and we didn’t get to finish in person, but proud of the work we put in!” -Ellie Zoller-Gritz

“It feels great that all our hard work went towards a larger picture.” -Julia Stitely

How would you define the legacy of Maryland Voices and how have you contributed to it?

“The legacy of Maryland Voices will hopefully be that of pride and happiness for the people who read it as well as contribute to it. These collections of stories showcase so many different perspectives on a wide range of themes, and the world would truly be at a loss if this project ever stopped.” -Jack Keane

“I would define the legacy as just the beginning. I think our team was able to set a good comeback foundation for many years to come” -Ellie Zoller-Gritz

“I hope that this is the start of something new and will continue to inspire young and diverse writers.” -Julia Stitely

What was your favorite memory/experience of working on MV?  

“I enjoyed reading and editing the short stories that students throughout Maryland sent in. They were all unique and gave me a glimpse into the incredibly diverse perspectives and experiences of the student authors.” -Caleb McClatchey

“I loved getting to talk to other members of the team and collaborating and having fun!” -Ellie Zoller-Gritz

“Reading the different stories that Maryland students have.” -Julia Stitely 

How has this experience changed/shaped you are a person?

“After going through the process of editing and proofreading other people’s submissions, I now have a greater appreciation for the life I live. I’ve been exposed to an immense amount of worldly perspectives and I’ve realized that compared to my life, other people have faced tremendous hardship. Out of obligation and respect, it was, and still is, my job to make sure that those voices are heard.” -Jack Keane

“To become organized” -Julia Stitely 

Is there anything else you want our readers to know?

“We put a lot of hard work into MV and this is only the beginning. I hope everyone enjoys it!” -Ellie Zoller-Gritz

“Enjoy the stories!” -Julia Stitley

Maryland Voices has taught them a great deal not only about teamwork but also helped them experience the diverse ideas and immense creativity of Maryland high school writers. These seniors have helped revive the legacy of Maryland Voices. It is now up to us to carry on its name and continue giving the voices of Maryland a place to express themselves.

May 8th, 2020

Quarantine changed some of our plans but we are not letting it stop our publication! Our editors are hard at work (scroll for photos). Stay healthy and safe!

Mary Samokhvalova, Editor-in-Chief
Ellie Zoller-Gritz, Region 1 Director
Alexandra Valerio, Region 1 Director
Neha Rehman, Regions 2 and 3 Director
Mariam Abd-El Shafy, Region 2 Director
Tomas Germanas, Region 4 Editor
Jack Keane, Region 5 Director
Sunny Gu, Region 6 Director
Julia Stitely, Region 6 Director
Caleb McClatchey, Region 7 Director
Sasha Allen, Region 7 Director

April 30th, 2020

January 8th, 2020

We are accepting your creative nonfiction pieces under 3000 words for review! Our deadline is JANUARY 31st, 2020. Please view the video below for details.