Books-A-Million Announces Winners of 2nd Annual Publishing Contest

Daniel Blokh from The Alabama School of Fine Arts takes first place
for “In Migration”

All winners awarded BAM! Publishing Package and Books-A-Million gift
cards for respective schools

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#BAMPublishingContestBooks-A-Million
received many impressive student submissions for its second annual BAM!
Publishing Contest
, but one young author’s work stood out from
the rest. Daniel Blokh from The Alabama School of Fine Arts was deemed
the unanimous wordsmith winner for his captivating collection of essays
titled “In Migration,” and will be published through BAM! Publishing’s Masterpiece
Publishing Package

“Daniel is wise beyond his years and his powers of observation are
exceptional. Both those attributes are on full display in this
collection of essays,” said TJ Beitelman, Blokh’s creative writing
teacher at The Alabama School of Fine Arts. “Iris Rinke-Hammer, Daniel’s
sponsoring teacher, needs to be recognized here too; she has a gift for
helping our students tell their truest stories.”

As part of the first place Masterpiece Publishing Package, “In
Migration” will be available for sale at the Books-A-Million in
Brookwood Village through their Espresso Book Machine® and online at The school will receive $3,000 in Books-A-Million
gift cards, which can be used to stock and supply its library and

“We reviewed so many noteworthy works from talented contenders, but ‘In
Migration’ was an extraordinary standout,” said Joyce McKinnon, Espresso
Book Machine® Coordinator with Books-A-Million. “Daniel’s writing
demonstrates talent and, more importantly, a keen insight into the human
experience. We are excited to reward Daniel and ASFA for this excellent

Second and third place winners for the high school publishing contest
went to Mountain Brook High School’s “The Muse” and Shades Valley High
School’s “The Valley Echoes.” Mountain Brook High School will receive
$1,500 in Books-A-Million gift cards and Shades Valley High School will
receive $500 in Books-A-Million gift cards. The second and third place
winning books will also be published with BAM! Publishing’s Masterpiece
publishing package, and they will be available for sale at the Brookwood
Village Books-A-Million and online at

Books-A-Million’s annual Publishing Contest offers greater
Birmingham-area high school students a chance to win a publishing
package from the Espresso Book Machine to get their original work in
print and on the shelves at Books-A-Million. The Espresso Book Machine
is a full color, self-publishing machine that gives customers the
ability to print their works or any user-generated content, photo books,
recipes and more in about the time it takes to make a cup of espresso.

For more details about BAM! Publishing, please visit BAM!
Publishing online
. For more information about the BAM! Publishing
Contest, please visit


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