Queens Young Authors and Poets: 2016 Prose Winners

Newtown Literary Alliance is proud to announce the winners of the 2016 Queens Young Authors and Poets contest, prose division.


Grades 3-5

First Place: Elisa Y. Chang, Fresh Meadows (Grade 4 at PS 115) – “We’ve Got Together”

Second Place: Deanna Lagos, Bayside (Grade 4 at PS 159) – “Cowboy Billy”

Grades 6-8

First Place: Lyrikah Rodrigues, Bellerose (Grade 8 at MS 172) – “Carvings in the Graveyard”

Second Place: Tasnia Hossain, Floral Park (Grade 8 at MS 172) – “What’s up with Us?”

Third Place: Arjun Chhabra, Queens Village (Grade 6 at MS 172) – “Why It Rains”

Grades 9-12

First Place: Abril Rodriguez, Elmhurst (Grade 11 at William Cullen Bryant High School) – “My Journey with the Wind”

Second Place: Robert Cornal, East Elmhurst (Grade 10 at Civic Leadership Academy) – “Whiskey over Milk”

Third Place: Charlene Frias, Fresh Meadows (Grade 11, Queens Gateway to Health Sciences High School) – “The Galaxies of Them”

Honorable Mention: Leslie Altamirano, Elmhurst (Grade 11, William Cullen Bryant High School) – “The Tale of a Flyaway Leaf”


The contest was judged by about two dozen Queens writers, with the final selections made by Newtown Literary Poetry Editor Stephanie Davis.

The first place winners in each of the categories above will be printed in Issue 8 of the journal, due out in June. We are working on securing a time and venue for the awards ceremony, also in June, to which all of the winners will be invited to read their work and celebrate their accomplishment. (They will receive a separate email with the details of the awards ceremony in the weeks ahead.)

Congratulations to all the winners. To those who did not win, we sincerely hope this will not deter you from continuing your writing. The world needs to hear from the youth of Queens!

Readers, mark your calendars:



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