Maddie Guerrera Gets The Bronze In Nationwide Short Story Contest

Madison Guerrera


Madison “Maddie” Guerrera is a freshman at Faith Preparatory School in New Milford, CT.  She enjoys writing, musical theater, 1930’s cartoons and photography.  She has performed in many different musicals and plays at the local theaters and hopes to one day become and actress on Broadway and a playwright.  Her natural curiosity and strong desire to overcome new challenges give Maddie her inspiration when writing.

Madison submitted a fictional autobiographical tale set in the pre-Civil War South. Her “Diary Of Susie Valentine” navigates one of the darkest moments of America’s existence with the kind of faith and imagination found only in the heart of a child, and in the pen of a budding novelist. Which is why she placed third the 17 years old and under category of the Brave Enough To Write, short story contest which benefits Brave Enough To Fail Inc. a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit that provides free motivational programs and scholarships to high schools. Learn more about Brave Enough to Fail here  and Subscribe to our newsletter to get early word on the next contest!

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Chris Cassone Takes 4th place in Brave Enough To Write Short Story Contest

Chris Cassone of Patterson New York is a writer of songs, stories, fiction and screenplays.
His Beatles fan fiction,  ode to the sun and angst filled days of summer in upstate New York  wowed the judges garnered Chris fourth place in the nationwide 18 and over category of the Brave Enough To Write short story contest. the contest was held as a fundraiser for the nonprofit Brave Enough To Fail which provides free motivational programs and scholarships to high schools. learn more about Brave Enough to Fail here  and Subscribe to our newsletter to get early word on the next contest!
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Chris is the composer of 18 songs for “The Brain That Wouldn’t Die – The Musical” which premiered this past June in the 1000 seat Charleston Music Hall. Now it is on its way to off-Broadway.

Last year he had his first top ten record, co-writing with old friend Ace Frehley (former KISS founder and guitarist) on his Billboard #9 CD, “Space Invader”. This came on the heels of his You Tube hit, “Route 22,” about the road from the Bronx to Canada. In 2012 he led the BBQ All Stars on a tour of BBQ festivals with “My Baby Loves BBQ”.

Chris started his path as a recording engineer in the late 70’s to better document his songs, mentoring with hit maker, Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Frampton) where he learned the art of production and the need for story in the song. He worked with Dr. John, Mercer Ellington and Billy Joel, among many others. Old friend, Chazz Palminteri and director Robert DeNiro, tapped him to record the music for A Bronx Tale in 1992.

His next production, The Cakeman Chronicles, is a one man musical about the intrigue around his family bakery in New York in the 50’s and 60’s, including his finagling into concerts using sheet cakes.

Ladies Sweep Brave Enough To Write Contest

The Winners

Sarah Tehuiotoa (Left)of Pahrump Nevada winner of $1,000 in the 18 and older category and Isabel Adams (Right) of Weare New Hampshire winner of $500 in the 17 and under category


First of all,

Thank you so very much to each and every writer that participated in our very first Brave Enough To Write, short story contest fundraiser. By entering, you are not only following your dream, you are also helping to inspire young people all across America to follow their dreams. So thank you again for supporting our mission to provide free motivational programs and scholarships to high schools. learn more about Brave Enough to Fail here  and Subscribe to our newsletter to get early word on the next contest!

#Girlpower was in full effect as two young ladies from opposite ends of the country won the first, Brave Enough to Write, short story contest.

The competition was fierce. A lot of outstanding writers submitted great stories in both categories and our judges really had their work cut out for them. In the end, two stories had just enough of an edge to put their authors over the top.

Sarah Tehuitoa, Winner 18 and over category $1,000 

Sarah Tehuitoa is a 21 year old English major who lives in Pahrump Nevada and commutes weekly to classes at University of Las Vegas.  She is working her way through college by working at a grocery store. She entered the contest on her 21st birthday. Sarah says,

“All I have ever wanted to be is a writer. It has been my dream ever since I was little and I haven’t been able to give it up.”

Her short story, “The Sands of Time” is a gritty (pun intended) tale of love, loss, despair, and just maybe a shot at redemption with a dash of magic thrown in as a tantalizing garnish.

Contest judge Ethan Carey, host of the Rock & Roll Morning Show on WRKI I-95FM,  says Miss Tehuitoa’s writing style reminds him of James Patterson or Daniel Silva.

Read The Sands of Time here The_Sands_of_Time_by_Sarah_Tehuiotoa


Isabel Adams, Winner 17 and under category $500 

Isabel Adams is a 17 year old homeschooled student from Weare New Hampshire. She’s always had a passion for writing, photography, singing, and gospel music. Isabel is also a former Vice President and lead writer for FYI Teen Magazine. Her story, “Spirit of the Warrior”, is a coming-of-age story set in the early American west.

Contest judge Lauren Porosoff, English and writing teacher at the Fieldston School in New York City and author of “Empower Your Students” says Isabel’s story has a relatable message about empowerment, perseverance, and bravery along with great imagery reminiscent of young adult adventure stories.

Read Spirit of the Warrior here Spirit of_The_Warrior


Runners up in the 18 and older category


2nd Place: Love, Life, and Bacon by David Moore of Saint Charles, MO.

3rd Place: The Library by Molly Brewer of Mooresville, IN.

4th Place My Summer with the Beatles by Christopher Cassone of Patterson, NY.

Runners up in the 17 and under category


2nd Place: The Story Gets Harder with Every Word by Jessica Rathmann of San Antonio, TX.

3rd Place: Diary of Susie Valentine by Madison Guerrera of New Milford, CT.

4th Place The Escort by Allissa Brianna- Riley Vernon of Lolo, MT.

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