Seventh Annual Narrative High School Writing Contest


We are eager to share with you the winners and finalists of the Seventh Annual Narrative High School Writing Contest. In this most challenging year, Narrative welcomed free poetry submissions from our global community of high school students, who conjured poems in response to the prompt Blind Spots.

Contributing teachers and students in this year’s Narrative contest covered the world: we received submissions from seventeen countries, including Ghana, Malaysia, Nepal, China, Nigeria, Taiwan, South Africa, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Within the United States, we received poems from students in thirty-six states and 145 cities and towns—a virtual world of young poets! In all, our Narrative in the Schools programs reach more than 100,000 students and teachers in schools worldwide.

Of the first-place poem, written by Andrew Kang, Pulitzer Prize–winning poet and guest judge Jericho Brown remarked, “ ‘Buzzcut’ is a deceptively simple poem carrying in it the complexities of family, identity, and the gains made once we’re willing to lose. The poem rightly risks sensual imagery for the sake of real epiphany. And the poem makes sure to situate itself in the present moment in a way that makes it last forever.”

William Carlos Williams once observed, “It is difficult to get the news from poems yet men die miserably every day from lack of what is found there.” There are plenty of blind spots in our modern world, which is all the more reason to celebrate these young writers, who grace us with their wisdom, talent, and vision. Enjoy!
                                                                      —Carol Edgarian

The winners of the Seventh Annual Narrative High School Writing Contest:


FIRST PLACE

ANDREW KANG
Buzzcut
Junior, Gilman School (Baltimore, MD)

SECOND PLACE

STELLA LEI
My Neighbors Make a Ghost
Senior, Conestoga High School (Berwyn, PA)

THIRD PLACE

BELLA KOSCHALK
Drills
Senior, Idyllwild Arts, Idyllwild-Wild Pine Cove, CA

FINALISTS:

Amina Adeyola, Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology (Petersburg, VA)
Miriam Alex, Nashua High School South (Nashua, NH)
Alani Espinosa, Oak Park and River Forest High School (Oak Park, Illinois)
Bluma Hammarhead, Germantown Friends School (Philadelphia, PA)
Jordan Hines, ACES Educational Center for the Arts (New Haven, CT)
Yong-Yu Huang, Dalat International School (Tanjung Bungah, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia)
Elane Kim, Stanford Online High School (Walnut Creek, CA)
Chloe Lin, Herricks High School (New Hyde Park, NY)
Sophia Liu, William A. Shine Great Neck South High School (Great Neck, NY)
Yvanna Tica, Faith Academy, Manila (Cainta, Rizal, Philippines)
Yuchong Wang, the Second High School Attached to Beijing Normal University (Beijing, China)


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The Sixth Annual Narrative High School Writing Contest. Last year, students responded to the prompt Escape.