Teen Poetry Contest

The winners of Skokie Public Library's 2008 Teen Poetry Contest were announced in early January 2009. The poems by teens, ages 12 through 18, were judged by Skokie librarians. 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.

Illinois poet Kevin Stein has selected winning poems from Skokie Public Library's contests to appear on his own website.  Visit his Youth Poetry Archive for more Skokie winners.

First Place

The Bear, Ainee Fatima, Niles West High School, grade 11

Second Place

Arguing, Nathaniel Mitchell, King Lab Magnet School, grade 8

Third Place

Ode to Pepperoni Pizza, Ray Goodall, King Lab Magnet School, grade 8

Honorable Mentions

Braces, Rabia Saleem, McCracken middle School, grade 8

Dear Italy, Anthony DeCapri, King Lab Magnet School, grade 8

The Oceans, Geet Kumar, McCracken Middle School, grade 8

Crisis, Ramzy Sabbara, King Lab Magnet School, grade 8

You may also want to take a look at the list of winning poems from the 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 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.  You can also listen to recordings from the Chicago-area Louder Than A Bomb teen poetry slam.