Teen Poetry Contest Winners

In December 2004, Skokie Public Library was pleased to announce the winners of the 2004 Teen Poetry Contest.  Librarians who judged the contest were very impressed with the quality of entries submitted by Skokie area teens ages twelve through eighteen. Winners of the contest are listed below.  All winners receive prizes and their poems are on display in Skokie Public Library during April, National Poetry Month.

Junior High School

First Place

Jammin', Rebecca Lisitza, East Prairie School, grade 7

Second Place

Mother's Mystery Meal, Alex Antonow, Park View School, grade 6

Third Place

I Come From, Kenneth Doma, East Prairie School, grade 8

Honorable Mentions

At Night, Sarah Wasson, East Prairie School, grade 6

It Doesn't Follow, Deborah Elizabeth Steinberg, East Prairie School, grade 6

Untitled, Marissa Mitchell, Timber Ridge Magnet School, grade 7

The Bottom of My Frigidare, Amitai Loew, Arie Crown Hebrew Day School, grade 7

High School and above

First Place

Define Dance, Kathryn Peyer, Homeschooled, grade 11

Second Place

Song of Myself, Victoria W. Yan, Niles North High School, grade 11

Third Place

A Sonnet, Jessica Silverman, Chicagoland Jewish High School, grade 12

Honorable Mentions

That Girl, Kenzie Parry, Niles North High School, grade 9

You may also want to take a look at the list of winning poems from the 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003 Teen Poetry Contests!

Each year, three top poems are submitted by Skokie Public Library to VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) magazine's national poetry contest.  VOYA winners each receive a small cash prize and their poem is published in the April issue of VOYA magazine.  To date there have been three VOYA winners from Skokie: Maggie Fair, 2002; Avi Cohen-McClelland, 2002; and Tamar Rubin, 2000.

To promote the reading and appreciation of poetry, Skokie Public Library participated in The Favorite Poem Project launched by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky.

You can find more poetry written by teens on the Teen Ink website.