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 be ivited to read their poems at a ceremony in April 2017.

Submissions for the 2007 competition are due March 1.

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2016 Athenaea Competition Winners

First Place: Han Mei, The Colorado Springs School, The Storyteller
Second Place: Samantha Pratt '16, Fountain Valley School, Up to My Knees in the World
Third Place: Sarah Wolfe, The Colorado Springs School, The Flower of Winter

Honorable Mention, English
Yoon Seo Choi '19, Fountain Valley School, I Have Two Voices
Alana Khederian, The Vanguard School, The Flagpole and the Teen
Serena Liu '19, Fountain Valley School, Falling in Love is Like Looking Through a Kaleidoscope

First Place: Samantha Pratt '16, Fountain Valley School, Lágrimas de Midas
Second Place: Srah Wolfe, The Colorado Springs School, À La Lune
Third Place: Joël Addy '17, Fountain Valley School, La Vie

Honorable Mention, Translation
Fabian Guerrero '19, Fountain Valley School, Campos ásperos
Nicolas Jenkins '17, Fountain Valley School, Le sens d'avril
Sosie Nixon '18, Fountain Valley School, Ma Mère, La Mer
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