Fountain Valley School of Colorado has sponsored the Athenaea Poetry Competition since 2009, celebrating the best high school poetry in the Pikes Peak/Colorado Springs region. All students in grades 9-12 may enter, and the contest is judged by Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Susan Peiffer.
There are both English and bilingual categories. Each year, students can submit up to three poems in both categories, and the bilingual poems must have an accompanying original translation. No electronic translation devices should be used in either version.
The Athenaea is the student literary magazine of Fountain Valley School of Colorado, an independent, private boarding/day school in Colorado Springs. Published twice a year and featuring student poetry, prose and art, the magazine dates to 1930 and honors Athena, the goddess of wisdom. All winning poems will be published in the spring 2017 edition of the Athenaea, and winning poets will read their poems at a ceremony April 11, 2017.
Information for the 2018 competition will be announced next year.
Who may enter: High school (9-12) students in the Pikes Peak region
Categories: English and bilingual (bilingual poems must have an accompanying original translation)
How many poems can be entered by each student: Up to three in each category, and must be submitted on separate pages
Cash prizes for each category ($100 first place in each category; $50 second and $25 third)
Rights: The Athenaea will have one-time publishing rights only.
Guidelines: While there are no formal guidelines or topics, remember that good poetry uses fresh language and images with precise words.
Each poem must include the student’s name, address, school, phone and email. If a poem is emailed, please paste it directly into the body of the email–no attachments. Poems must be original and previously unpublished. Please print your poem in Times New Roman or equivalent, font size 12. Poems will not be returned.
Current Colorado Springs Poet Laureate Susan Peiffer will judge.
Submit entries via email to FVS English Department Chair and Athenaea adviser David Reynolds: