Genre: 11th


Winner of the Scholastic Silver Key in Flash Fiction, 2020 The Sorrows of Marcel The condition had now plagued Marcel for months. His once strong shoulders, keen insight, and rough arms were going with a cough. His lymph nodes would start swelling, and his varicose ulcer would start itching. Community leaders had congratulated his successes, Read more…


Congratulations to Brandon Liu, winner of the VFW Award for Darien, Connecticut! Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence that, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Read more…


11th grader, age 16 New York, USA Dear Tiffany, my younger self, If this letter reaches you successfully, then my plan is proceeding in full swing. All this will sound very far-fetched, and maybe you’ll discard this letter and continue on with your life. But I advise you to listen. If all is going to Read more…


Once Xander manages to enrage the businessmen, he finally ceases to bother them. And if he decides not to do business with them, the moment he sees a friend that he has done business with or a well-known, respected financial advisor in the room, he immediately picks up the microphone and announces to the impatient guests that he will close his office. Afterwards he makes some snide remarks towards those that remain behind. His insults will never fail, and the angered businessmen storm into the elevator. Subsequently, Xander shuts off the elevator.


However, Gullason does say that “Crane had a fanatic love for the truth …”. There is no doubt that Crane is reporting the actual facts correctly, as his work does not conflict with his associates at the scene, like Davis’s. Gullason even notes that while other reporters attributed wounds on dead Americans to machetes wielded by brutal Spaniards, Crane told the less sensational truth that they were simply rifle wounds in the normal tradition of battle. Crane’s seemingly racist tendency brings up the other major relevant PEJ principle, the 9th, which states: “Its practitioners must be allowed to exercise their personal conscience.” The principle was designed by the PEJ to address reporters living in fear of their editors not approving of their sense of morality. Crane has the opposite problem, as he shamelessly spits out his opinion, which itself is immoral to modern standards.