2011 Teen Poetry Contest Winners

The KDL staff would like to extend a huge thanks to all of the teens that submitted entries for our 2011 Teen Poetry Contest.  We had over 300 entries that our staff had a great time reviewing.  Once we narrowed down the entries, our judge selected the 10 winners.  A PDF of the winners and their poems is available on our teen page for your enjoyment.  Congratulations to the winning poets:

1. “We Have No Use For It Anymore” by Olivia Ezinga

2. “Impression, Sunrise” by Amy TenHoor

3. “Place of No Return” by Cassie Villarreal

4. “Contemplations” by Alicia Czarnecki

5. “The Girl In The Shadows” by Kara Montgomery

6. “Notebook Teens” by Evanne Zainea

7. “Dusk” by Mollie Stahl

8. “When I am With You” by Kaly mBula

9. “The Secret Life” by Jessica Dion

10. “Free Verse” by Issac Younker

We would also like to extend a special thanks to our judge, David Cope.  David is a creative writing professor at Grand Rapids Community College as well as the current Grand Rapids Poet Laureate.  We appreciate his expertise and his willingness to judge our contest again this year.

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7 Responses to “2011 Teen Poetry Contest Winners”

  1. Becky ten Hoor Says:

    Good job, Amy, Mom is so proud of you!

  2. Ashley Says:

    When can the poems themselves be printed out?

  3. jbernstein Says:

    A PDF is now available on our teen page.

  4. Bailey Says:

    Is the link above for the actual poems? I’d like to read them :))

  5. Sheri Says:

    Hi Bailey,

    Yes, the link above (http://www.kdl.org/kdl/pdf/2011TeenPoetryBook.pdf) is a booklet of the top 10 poems.

    KDL Webmaster

  6. Stih Says:

    Just read some of the poems and must say they are really good, keep em comin 🙂

  7. Josh Says:

    Hi Stih,

    Glad you like them. Check back in the spring to see poems from the next poetry contest, which will likely occur again in April during poetry month.