The following are the 2020 Results of the Art Challenge and the Writing Contest for the novel: A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline.

2020 Art Challenge Winners

mridula Satyamurti

First Place: Mridula Satyamurti (above)

Rebecca Friedman

Second Place: Rebecca Friedman (above)

Art Challenge Sam Price Suburban Visions Rural Dreams

Third Place: Sam Price (above)

Alisha Parikh

Honorable Mention: Alisha Parikh (above)

Lonnie Friedman 4

Honorable Mention: Mitt Lauenstein (above)

The two judges, Carol Abram and Emma Davidson, jointly made the selections based on connection to the theme, artistic ability and overall aesthetic of the piece. There were many wonderful entries, and it was a difficult decision. We thank everyone for submitting their beautiful artworks to the OBOT challenge and applaud the winning artists.

Writing Contest Winners

Adult Prose

Lonnie Friedman

Fae Kontje-Gibbs

John Reilly

Elissa Rosenthal

Honorable Mention Adult Prose

Dan Friedman

Lonnie Friedman 2

Evelyn Krieger

Linda Zoe Podbros

Adult Poetry

Mary Ann Mayer

Honorable Mention Adult Poetry 

Steve Rapp

Neelam Sarna

Student Winners


Xian Fernando

Middle School

Kelsey Simone Mevs

High School

1st place Ranya Merchant

2nd place  India-Mae Fraser

3rd place Tanvi Shah

Honorable Mention High School

Sara Parulekar

Sylvia Woodbury

Senior in High School 

Whitney Place Award Winner: Diana Li

OBOT award winner: Rachel Wachman

Honorable Mention 

Eyal Pery

Lindsay Navick

Art Challenge   (See art works above)

1st place:  Mridula Satyamurti

2nd place:   Rebecca Friedman

3rd place:   Sam Price

Honorable Mention

Alisha Parikh

Milt Lauenstein

There were five judges for the adult prose, four for the adult poetry, and six for the student entries. Winning submissions were based on the following criteria: a very strong connection to reader; insightful; self-reflective; a powerful voice; engaging; smooth flow. The piece was satisfying from beginning to end. If it were presented to an audience, the listener would be actively involved in every word.


2019 Writing Contest Results for I AM AMERICAN

Student Winners

Elementary School

First Place: Felix Wang

Felix Wang

Secondary School

First Place Poetry: India-Mae Fraser

India-Mae Fraser

Second Place Poetry: Helen Brewer

Helen Brewer 

First Place Prose: Mehul Bhattacharyya

Mehul Bhattacharyya

Second Place Prose: Manjari Kannan

Manjari Kannan

Third Place Prose: Ruemon Bhattacharyya

Reumon Bhattacharyva

Honorable Mention: Dana Blatte

Dana Blatte

Upper High School

First Place: Rachel Hess Wachman

Rachel Wachman

Second Place: Sarah Khan

Sarah Khan

Third Place: Lindsay Navick

Lindsay Navick

Adult Winners

First Place Prose: Vera Jordan (Both stories placed first)

Vera Jordan

Vera Jordan

Second Place Prose: Linda Zoe Podbros

Linda Zoe Podbros

Second Place Prose: John Reilly

John Reilly

Third Place Prose: Lan Jiang

Lan Jiang

Third Place Prose: Linda Zimmerman

Linda Zimmerman

First Place Poetry: Adelene Ellenberg

Adelene Ellenberg

Second Place Poetry: Barrie Haji

Barrie Naji

2018 Writing Contest Results for Unconditional Love


First Place 

To My Unborn Baby Boy by Mindy Levine

I’ll Love You on Sunday by Jodi Tolman

Second Place 

The Giver by Barry Kravitz

Third Place 

Conditioning Book for Flowers by Thu Hang Tran

In Passing by Susan Rich

Honorable Mention:

Midwinter Light by Sandra Churchill

Mom’s Gift by Alice Cusner

Love is Kind by Darcy Daniels

The Bakery by Lisa Delaney

The Most Beautiful Girl by Adelene Ellenberg

Rebecca’s Birth by Lonnie Friedman

Zahava’s Birth by Lonnie Friedman

Love, Dormant, Old by Linda Zoe Podbros

Roger by Herschel Tovsky

In Appreciation:

The Last Man on Earth by Al Mollitor

Creepy Spiders by Caterina Marsilli

Unconditional Love (n) by Allison Herman

Here’s the Thing by John Reilly

Dogs are the Best by Anna Golubev

The Question by Cam Giangrande

For the Love of Books by Moira Silva

Hurl by TJ Herlihy

Amor Vincit Omnia by Alan N. Francis


First Place 

I Loved by CJ Heller

Second Place

Maybe she, like me by Autumn Andrade

Mermaid by Nancy Allen

Third Place

Love is much more like a flame by Ric Calleja

Honorable Mention: 

Love by Elly Day

I am a child by Miriam Leah Epstein-Preil

Another Letter to My Love by Shane Whitman

In Appreciation:

The Sight of Mirrors by David Abrahamson

Dorothea by Russell Maynard

I love you from afar by Kathleen Habel

Wet Wood Burns by Katarzyna Gilek-Seibert

Anagram to my Mom by Phyllis Fine

Snow by Grace Francis

Purest Love of All by Shweta Khadelwal


First place

That Was All That Mattered by Ilana Wulf

2nd place

Unconditional Love by Jayani Suresh

3rd place prose

Unconditional Love by Ranya Merchant

Unconditional Love by Eshel Potok


First place 

Unconditional Love by Benjamin Wulf

Earth and Sun by Lindsay Navick

Second place

Unconditional Love by Adiel Potok