The Devil's Quill

Lael Keller
October 14, 2020

Deep in the forest, in the dead of night dreaming of dancing full of delight She moves like a fox without a sound and all around she’ll soon be found   Deeper she travels through the trees winter chills and a moonlight breeze her eyes are golden, blue, then black sorrow follows her long-gone pack   a hopeless light flickers far ahead a hopeless dream now filled with dread she chases now what could’ve been  while she’s chased by demons disguised...

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Lael Keller
October 14, 2020

The ocean flows And intuitively knows Where to go And through storms It keeps waving on So fierce and so strong Always moving along And like the ocean We have ebs and flows We have highs and lows And a light trapped within us That never shows But, we too, like the ocean Must continue to go Wherever we feel drawn Because as quickly as dusk Turns to dawn  The whole world is still Running along

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March 2, 2020

The moon dreams of distant delights distinct with dreary day The water waves its wishes with the wind The brutal breeze blows bitter beams of woe The forest of trees standing silent still do know That beneath the mighty moon gleam, Night itself is reaching for Day And whispering all its worries away The night is dreaming, dying in delight And causing so much more than fright As a small fawn hobbles in the snow And raises it’s head as if to say, “I am lost, can someone...

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Kendall Kalustyan , Vice President
May 6, 2019

They say the Notre Dame is burning. They say the flames licked the heavens as if to spite the very god they were built to worship. I imagine Michael Brown’s cheek felt the same heat as the asphalt scarred his cheek as he laid shot in the street. Hellfire doesn’t have sh*t on a hot Ferguson summer. The police left him to rot, and the vultures found him before his family was able to identify the body. They say the Notre Dame is burning. They say that years of historic architecture...

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Kendall Kalustyan , Vice President
May 1, 2019

Inspired by true events In 1997 Michael Coots swam out on his surfboard in Hawaii. He let his fingers glide through the water and as the crescent of the wave tunneled around him, a Tiger Shark came and took his left leg from under the surf. Since then, Michael became a marine biologist and shark advocate. He wrote to his state legislation to make hunting for shark fins illegal in Hawaii, and he plans to do the same in other states. This is what I hope to one day be strong...

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Kendall Kalustyan , Vice President
March 1, 2019

I’ve never been good at Calculus, or self care. Incidentally, they are both equally challenging to me. But from both of these nuisances, I have learned that recover is a nonlinear function that can shift for no apparent reason. While I have wished you goodbye, I leave the key to my door in the left planter, and the light about the kitchen sink is always on. Do what you may with this information.

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Elena Nicholson
June 7, 2021

No Reality   Dancing forever, Through kitchens and in flowers, Her laugh melodic.   Her smile...

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Elena Nicholson
June 7, 2021

The sun is an enemy and a friend today to dimpled cheeks, stained with freckles. The carefree spirit becomes a crusade, searching...

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Juliette Auslander
June 7, 2021

they laugh, beam, play, bloom under the setting sun. oh, such a close to a day lost to  romping through the meadow...

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Juliette Auslander
June 7, 2021

the amiable lilac bush   Stumbling out of the forest, I came upon a meadow With the sun shining above and the...

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Sophie Kramer
February 21, 2021

my bed has molded perfectly to the shape of my spine it seems to be the only thing in life that i can consistently call...

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Myra Karavelioglu
February 19, 2021

Everything is realer when life is falling from the sky  Coming down so hard  Yet, slipping down my skin so softly Tickling...

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Dhristi Raval | May 29, 2020

In the midst of a pandemic, many of us (including myself) have had a hard time coping with the consequences and yearned for some words of the wiser. Our world seemed to turn upside down so suddenly, and we weren’t ready for such a frightening change. I had the opportunity to FaceTime a 74-year-old senior and interview him to inquire about his perspective and learn from his life story. I first...

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Mentors … Some of the best people in your life!

Jasmine Mathai, Blogger | February 7, 2019

Mentors come in a lot of ways. And you can find your best ones on all sorts of paths. Though for a lot of people, their mentors will come from sports via coaches or athletic trainers. However, for me, that was never a possibility. Maybe it’s because of my lack of athletic abilities, or the fact that I have a lot of older sibling responsibility at home that I can’t just give up to be on...

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Jasmine Mathai, Editor | December 31, 2018

Jasmine Mathai A month later, but a much needed month, for many reasons. But, more importantly, with Thanksgiving being the kick off to the holiday season, this long month gave me a new appreciation for the holiday we know as Thanksgiving and reminded me why its so important to me, and to others, who take the time to really use it a time to be thankful. Thanksgiving started as a celebration...

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Fiction

Dhristi Raval | June 8, 2020

Author’s Note: Throughout my life, I have witnessed hatred among many groups of people. Whether these biases are based off of race, gender, sexuality, or religion, I’ve noticed that humans have a tendency to stereotype those around them. When I was growing up in India, people limited the opportunities of women because of societal expectations and preconceived notions. My grandmothers never received...

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Seeking ancient vampire Lord – a Craigslist Story
Fiction

Hannah Zhang | January 7, 2019

Prompt: a Craiglist missed connection... Seeking ancient vampire Lord This story was inspired by an actual ad on Craig's list. The ad reads verbatim as follows: I'm a depraved man who is dying I am surching for an ancient vampire to turn me immortal I will serve you well your identity will be secret with me   (Be advised, sensitive topics: blood and death) The doorbell rang at sunset. I...

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Fiction

Nabil Majumdar | December 18, 2018

He gagged at the wretched taste of the obnoxious air, the poisonous vials of chemtech, the lifeline of the city, was also the thing contaminating it. The murky mist veiled the remnants of the jagged mountains, sapped of all natural beauty, now the entrance to the chem-prisons where rogue warlords ran amok. Screams of distress emanated across the city, anarchy had reached its culmination, the contagion...

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Prose
The Forest
Avery Schneider June 7, 2021

The Forest As the night grew colder her shivers began to shake far more than solely her. With her heart in her hand, her hair in a tie, she...

Prose
Peaceful
Avery Schneider June 7, 2021

The wind blew the trees out of their peaceful positioning. The willows that hung down softly began to shimmer into a mysterious dance; one only...

Juliette Auslander | June 7, 2021

they laugh, beam, play, bloom under the setting sun. oh, such a close to a day lost to  romping through the meadow and forest green, bursting with merry life like them. i do relive that dream again, much joy, i see their eyes piercing yet warmer than fire, hair soft like flowers pressed in spring by thee,  when i was the only thing they desire, and our arms wrapped ‘round...

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Juliette Auslander | June 7, 2021

the amiable lilac bush   Stumbling out of the forest, I came upon a meadow With the sun shining above and the grass green below. In the middle of this fresh, flowery field stood a lilac bush: Purple, tall, and proud.   I set down my blanket before it and pull out my picnic basket. Half for me, half for the lilac bush, both wrapped in gingham: Pastries and little...

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February 3, 2020

“Matthias.” A man flicked at his match irritatedly. “What?” “Give me a light.” “You still have your pipe?” “Does it bother you?” The man settled deeper into his layer of fur coating. The neck of the match snapped, and he reached into the matchbox to draw another. Thick brown gloves adorned his fingers, so that he fumbled to grasp at the slender sticks. “No.” The...

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February 9, 2019

If you try to divide by zero, it will split like broken glass. It will shatter in shards, And leave behind it a void. It envelops your eraser shavings, Your broken lead, The blood from your paper cuts, All your sins and vices And the numeral above.   If Johnny cuts a pie into zero pieces, he is never seen again. His house disappears from the street His name...

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Seeking ancient vampire Lord – a Craigslist Story

Hannah Zhang | January 7, 2019

Prompt: a Craiglist missed connection... Seeking ancient vampire Lord This story was inspired by an actual ad on Craig's list. The ad reads verbatim as follows: I'm a depraved man who is dying I am surching for an ancient vampire to turn me immortal I will serve you well your identity will be secret with me   (Be advised, sensitive topics: blood and death) The doorbell rang at sunset. I...

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Hannah Zhang | December 18, 2018

guava tiny little watermelon-lime wrinkly light green old woman skin ruddy pink flesh with off-white seeds guava i don’t know what you taste like i’ve only ever smelled you as a candy and found you on Images two minutes ago guava from the point of view of a brief witness all i can say for now is that you’re all right i’m too far from south america to try...

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Julia Schnarr created this short during her NJ Film School Teen Filmmaking Camp
Julia Scharr won with this in the 15 Second Horror Contest. Check her youtube channel, Filming Moon.

June 4, 2019

  The Morristown Festival of Books is hosting a Poetry Contest for New Jersey high school students, and we want to hear from you!   Contest sponsored in memory of John Gunzler   High school students throughout the state are invited to submit their best poem. Contest winners will be announced at the Morristown Festival of Books Keynote Presentation at the Mayo Performing Arts Center on Friday evening, October 11, 2019. Submission deadline is midnight on July 1, 2019! LINK...

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A Statewide Prose-Writing Contest for students Grades 9-12

December 13, 2018

Jersey Shorts A Statewide Prose-Writing Contest for students Grades 9-12 Jersey Shorts is a contest celebrating New Jersey student prose-writers. All students– public and private schools, as well as home-school and alternative school environments– in grades 9-12 (or the equivalent) are eligible. A total of three New Jersey students are selected. Writers will participate in an evening where...

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New Jersey Youth Poet Laureate Submission Deadline: January 15, 2019

December 13, 2018

New Jersey Youth Poet Laureate Submission Deadline: January 15, 2019 Now in its third year in New Jersey, NJYPL is part of the National Youth Poet Laureate Contest. Open to students grades 9-12, three Laureates - one each from North, Central, and Southern New Jersey - are chosen by professional New Jersey-based poets. To be considered for a Laureate award, students must submit five poems, including...

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February 22, 2021

Essay: “TIME FOR STACK IT UP!” I announce above the din of chatter and laughter. Excited children emerge from the bouncy castle. Sweating teenagers drop their basketballs. Conversing adults saunter across the grass. All my neighbors gather around the folding table in my front yard to find a stack of red, plastic cups stationed at the center. I step up first to model the game for those who may...

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October 21, 2020

Prompt: If you are applying to the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences as a first-year applicant, please discuss why you consider Duke a good match for you. Is there something particular about Duke that attracts you? (250)   Essay: When I stepped onto the Duke campus, I was enthralled by the combination of expansive nature and Gothic architecture; above all, I could feel the school spirit...

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Dhristi Raval
April 7, 2020

On October 12th, Ridge High hosted yet another eventful and exciting Homecoming dance. The dance featured people from every grade level, thrilling music, and even a fancy photo booth! Many Ridge students...

Dhristi Raval
April 7, 2020

Imagine such a cacophony of noise emanating from a beautifully scintillating football field: mist in the air, cheerleaders giggling on the sidelines, football players huddling on the track, the smell of...

Hannah Zhang
December 18, 2018

In 5th grade, I was head over heels in “love” with a boy named Christian. I didn’t know what love was at the time; I desperately wanted to be his friend, and since I was quite unfamiliar with this...

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January 18, 2017

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