Willie Ross Students Recognized in International Creative Writing Contest

LONGMEADOW, MA – Willie Ross School for the Deaf students Luis Ortiz and Milly Gonzalez, both 11 years old, were recently recognized for their participation in an international creative writing contest for middle and high school students, “Stranger Sagas.”

Ortiz’s story, titled “Paranormal,” was chosen as one of the stories out of 13,500 total submissions to be published in the book, “Stranger Sagas – Legends from Massachusetts,” which will be released in late March and housed in the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.

WRSD students Luis Ortiz and Milly Gonzalez, who were recognized for their participation in Young Writers’ creative writing contest.

The “Stranger Sagas” creative writing contest was sponsored by Young Writers, an international organization that originated in England aimed at encouraging an enjoyment of creative writing in the classroom. Young Writers USA is headquartered in Peabody, MA.

The criteria for the contest were to submit imaginative, scary stories that could not exceed 100 words. Prizes include an Apple iPad and trophy for first place and a $50 Amazon gift card for the runner-up, which will both be announced in April 2019. To learn more about the contest, visit

Copies of the published book, “Stranger Sagas – Legends from Massachusetts” will be available for purchase beginning on March 31. WRSD will be listed in the book as a participating school. Please contact WRSD for more information at 413-567-0374.

Throughout the year, Young Writers organizes poetry and creative competitions through schools, provides free resources to teachers, and conducts workshops for young writers. For more information, visit

Willie Ross School for the Deaf provides a comprehensive educational program stressing academic excellence that focuses on the development of students’ intellectual, social, and emotional growth from the early childhood level through high school.

Willie Ross serves students at its main campus in Longmeadow and at its partnership campus located in the East Longmeadow Public Schools. Mainstreaming opportunities are provided at the partnership campus.

Luis Ortiz, a Willie Ross School for the Deaf student whose submission to the Young Writers’ “Stranger Sagas” creative writing competition was chosen to be published in a book, poses with his award, along with Laurie Brown, Assistant Education Director at Willie Ross School for the Deaf.