Teen Poetry Contest

23rd Annual Teen Poetry Contest

Middle School Division

Honorable Mention (in no particular order)
Lillie Reyes for “I am from”
Amelia Wyler for “As an Artist”
Jordie Cornfield for “thoughts from a messy room”
Nicholas Porcello for “The extra toe”
Rowan Jones for “Exhaustion”
Zori Warren for “Pink Streamers”
Emily Geringer for “Cheese Galore”
William Sousa for “action figures”
Maya Tavares for “Jealously”
Kip Kagan for “Inner State of Mind”

Third Place
Jordie Cornfield for “sleepy, gold cliches”

Second Place
Alle Benchoff for “Night”

First Place
Rafael Clark for “Over Liquid Glass”

High SchooL Division

Honorable Mentions (in no particular order)
Sasha Malley for “January Christmas Party” and “Museum of Mirrors”
Benjamin Weedon for “Descending a Spiral Staircase: Attempt 2”
Paul Taylor for “Fix-it Shop” and “Chevalière des Palmes Académiques”
Gareth Buhl for “Passing Strangers on Beacon St.
Griffin Wells for “Sleep Dart”
Elizabeth Panico for “A Love Letter to My Dream School”
Chloe Hupin for “Butterfly”
Caroline Hopkins for “Watercolors”

Third Place
Elizabeth Patrick for “Oranges”

Second Place
Gareth Buhl for “Looking in at an Old Friend’s Wake”

First Place
Griffin Wells for “The Biggest Question Ever”

About the Contest

The Beverly Public Library offers an annual poetry contest for middle and high school students who live, or attend school, in Beverly. After the poems are checked to see if they meet the guidelines, they are submitted to a panel of judges, who are local published poets. The judges are given about a month to read the entries and select finalists. The YA librarian contacts the finalists (and their teachers) and invites everyone to the ceremony in mid-April.

The 23rd Annual Ceremony will be held on Wednesday April 24, 2019. All finalists will be asked to read their poems aloud to the audience. Cash prizes will be awarded in two age categories, grades 6-8 and grades 9-12. All finalists receive cash prizes, in varying levels based on their placement of Honorable Mention, Third, Second, and First Prize.

Each year, a total of about 30 poems are selected. These poems are published in a booklet that is distributed at the ceremony, as well as kept in the library’s permanent collection.

The contest was open from January 3, 2019 to March 1, 2019 (at 4PM).  Finalists are contacted in mid-April.

To qualify, the following criteria must be met:

  • You must live in Beverly, MA and/or attend a school located in Beverly, MA and be in grade 6 through 12.
  • Each student is welcome to submit up to, but no more than, three (3) poems.
  • Each poem must:
    • Be original work
    • Have a title.  Title must be listed in the Poem Title field and above each poem.
    • Be entered separately online*, or attached to its own copy of the entry form.  If submitting on paper, student’s name must not appear anywhere on the same page as the poem. Additionally, if submitting on paper, entries may not contain any illustrations and must be typed in Times New Roman font in size 12.
    • Be submitted between Thursday, January 3, 2019 and 4PM on Friday, March 1, 2019.

Students are strongly encouraged to enter online.

For more information, contact Meghan Karasin at 978-921-6062 or karasin@noblenet.org

Thanks to the Friends of the Beverly Public Library whose generosity makes this contest possible.