Athenaea Poetry Competition

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.

Competition Details

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2016 Athenaea Competition Winners

First Place: Hayden Gebhardt, CSS, The Weaver
Second Place: Jade Thomas, CSS, Amen
Third Place: Sage Reynolds '18, FVS, Grey Goose

Honorable Mention, English
Azlan Tubbs, Pine Creek, A Land Beyond Darkness

First Place: Ashby Baker '19, FVS, Imagina No Más
Second Place: Sosie Nixon '18, FVS, Avril
Third Place: Celeste Carter '19, FVS, Una Cara de Flor

Honorable Mention, Bilingual
Mattie Gallagher '17, FVS, Las Casas de Mi Corazon
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