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 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.

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2018 Athenaea Poetry Contest Winners

English
First Place: Ashby Baker, Fountain Valley School, "Unrequited"
Second Place: Jade Thomas, CSS, Amen
Third Place: Laila Ghamdi, Fountain Valley School, "the first date"


Bilingual
First Place: Sosie Nixon, Fountain Valley School, "The Beach House" (French)
Second Place: Imani Lige Crenshaw, The Colorado Springs School, "Home" (Swahili)
Third Place: Celeste Carter, Fountain Valley School, "To Celeste Carter" (Spanish)
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