The Buried Society

Mackenzie Gibson submitted to The Reedsy National Creative Writing Scholarship


In a post-apocalyptic world turned to ice, black tiled walls, silence, and torture is all Athena Clark ever knew. As a child of Program X, that’s all she was allowed to know. When forced to take part in an expedition team to the surface, she must act against her morality to survive. Dark secrets unfold in the institute she was forced to live in for her entire life; Athena must choose between doing what is right and surviving to see the next day of the ongoing struggle.


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About Mackenzie

University of Chicago

Mackenzie Gibson is currently a seventeen-year-old high school senior from the small town of Elkhart, Kansas. She plans to attend Wichita State University in the fall and major in creative writing. She has loved to read and write from a young age and plans to continue by becoming an author. Her favorite book is Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling because it was the first book to teach her to love and appreciate the beauty of reading and writing.

Her entry, The Buried Society, was selected as a finalist for the 2018 Spring Semester prize: