"The runner-up, 'A Scent of Marigolds,' awed me with its gorgeous prose and masterful world-building, shuttling back and forth between a comically bureaucratic afterlife and a richly evoked small town in Guatemala... [Sarah Feng] imagines an otherworldly setting with enviable lyricism and richness. The world-building is dazzling, the details precise—not only for the part of the story that takes place in the afterlife, but also for the portion in which we visit Itzel’s home town in Guatemala... The gorgeous descriptions are transporting and made the scenes in “A Scent of Marigolds” come vividly to life..." –Judge Heather Mackey, 2015 Write the World Novel Writing Competition
"It was a fierce competition, but in the end, we quite simply found your work to be the work that stood alone in its exceptional vision, voice, and execution." –– Editors of the Critical Pass Review
“Revolution is a / big word,” writes Sarah Feng. The title of this poem translates in English to “Today, I can speak,” and it seems almost unimaginable that the speaker in this situation would be able to engage with language in any way except through poetry — how better to cry out against oppression? And how to speak in any way except through poetry when the body has been slated for execution? Here there is purity and relentless conviction, a rich embrace of the still-sensual world of “heat-bruised passionfruit,” even as the sky breaks over a voice soon to be silenced. — Judge Sophie Klahr, 2017 Teen Sequins
"She managed to write a book that was complete and complex – and held my attention. That is something that many other authors have failed to do. I’ve purchased many, many books from the Kindle site and many of them have lost my attention after the first few pages. If she can do that at twelve, I look forward to the books she will write as she grows." -Reviewer on Amazon for her book, 'Beneath'
Praise for Chiaroscuro (2017)
"Chiaroscuro is an extremely well-written novel that celebrates diversity and the abandonment of clichés. This isn't a book of hot boys who brood like it's a religion, or nerdy girls who inevitably chase after the bad boy. Chiaroscuro disassembles clichés and stereotypes that often plague the writing of young authors, and [Feng] creates a masterpiece among the myriad of typical teen fiction novels. One of my favorite things about this book is how deceptive it is––it starts with a girl who is preparing to go to college but ends with her being pulled into a world of mystery and suspense. And this deception is what draws you in and makes you want to keep flipping the page to know more about Eadlyn, James, Libby, and even Liam. It will keep you hostage to a variety of emotions, all part of the roller-coaster experience of reading Chiaroscuro." -Pooja S., six-time recipient of a regional Silver Key from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
"...a journey from start to finish. A tale of love and heartbreak, deceit and vengeance, and past and present, this book is guaranteed to keep you on your toes. It's exactly what it sounds like--darkness and light spun into words that will do more than just reel you in. Highly recommended for audiences of all genres." –Wattpad reader @unarcadian
"Chiaroscuro is a truly special book that had me hooked from the first sentence. The idea is so new and fresh to not only Wattpad but the literature world, and I have yet to come across a book that challenges the sheer talent and skill that has gone into writing this novel. The setting and characters provide an immersive atmosphere and you find yourself losing track of time when reading it...." –Wattpad reader @abrenayla
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