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 former Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Aaron Anstett.
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 2018 edition of the Athenaea, and winning poets will read their poems at a ceremony.
Information for the 2019 competition will be announced next year.
The Fountain Valley School of Colorado is pleased to announce its annual citywide poetry competition. Now in its 10th year, this competition is open to all students in grades 9-12 in the Colorado Springs region.
Deadline: March 1, 2018
First place: $100
First place: $100
The competition has two categories: English and bilingual. You may submit up to three poems in each category. For the second category, please submit your original work not written in English and an accompanying original translation. No electronic translation devices should be used in either version. You may enter both categories.
All winning poems will be published in the spring edition of the Athenaea.
All winning poets will be invited to read their poems at a ceremony in April 2018.
Judge: Aaron Anstett, Former Pikes Peak Poet Laureate
Each poem must include the student’s name, address, school, phone, and e-mail.
Each student may submit up to three poems, each on a separate page, in each category.
If e-mailed, paste directly into body. No attachments.
The Athenaea will have one-time publishing rights only.
Poems must be original and previously unpublished.
While there are no formal guidelines or topics, remember that good poetry uses fresh language and images with precise words.
The Athenaea is the student literary magazine of the Fountain Valley School of Colorado. Published twice a year and featuring student poetry, prose, and art, the magazine dates to 1930 and honors Athena, the goddess of wisdom.
2017 Athenaea Competition Winners
English 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
Bilingual 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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