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2017 VOYA Teen Poetry Contest Winners Announced

VOYA Magazine happy to announce the five winners of the 2017 Teen Poetry Contest.

Congratulations to:

“Rat -a-Tat” by Allie Humphrey, age 18, sponsored by Tim Carrier, young adult services manager, Jefferson-Madison Regional Library

“Welcome to America” by Huangzewen Qian, age 16, sponsored by Becky Fyolek, teen librarian, Monroe County Public Library

“Blue High horse Rider” by Egypt Mayo, age 16, sponsored by Mary Reid, teacher, NYSOCFS

“I Am the Ocean” by Maygan Reynolds, age 17, sponsored by Tim Carrier, young adult services manager, Jefferson-Madison Regional Library

“Smile” by Aashna Belenje, age 13, sponsored by Birgit Spring, teen librarian, Saratoga Library

The winning poems will be published in the April 2017 issue of VOYA Magazine. Thank you to all of the sponsors who submitted poems for their teens to the contest.

Read the winning poems here [1].

How to Submit Poems for VOYA’s Teen Poetry Contest 2018

Librarians, teachers, and other professionals working with youth aged twelve to eighteen are invited to sponsor teens in our annual poetry contest. Each of the five winners will receive a $20 cash prize and a copy of the April 2018 issue of VOYA. Please Note: We DO NOT accept entries submitted directly from teens.

Submission Guidelines:

  1. Contest submissions may be poems of up to thirty lines on any topic.
  2. Type poem in a Word document. Include poet’s name, age, town, and state and the sponsor’s name, title, organization/school/library, address, and e-mail address.
  3. Name the document file with the poet’s last name. Ex: Smith.doc
  4. Attach the document to an e-mail with “VOYA Teen Poetry Contest” in the subject line and send to rmludt@voyamagazine.com [2].
  5. Submit one poem per teen.
  6. Contest deadline is December 31, 2017.

VOYA judges will select the top five winningest poems. When notified, sponsors must return the Publication Authorization form which gives parental permission to print the work of the winning poets.

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