Newtown Literary Alliance is proud to announce the winners of the 2016 Queens Young Authors and Poets contest, poetry division.
First Place: Jingcheng Qian, Oakland Gardens (Grade 5 at PS 115) – “Essence of Hope”
Second Place: Cindy Cetina, Floral Park (Grade 3 at PS 115) – “Flowers”
Third Place: Qicheng Sun, Fresh Meadows (Grade 5 at PS 115) – “Reading a Book”
First Place: Rachel Duze, Hollis Hills (Grade 8 at MS 172) – “Education”
Second Place: Syeda S. Rahman, Jackson Heights (Grade 6 at the Garden School) – “Listen”
Third Place: Sowjanya Sritharasarma, Queens Village (Grade 8 at MS 172) – “Rainy Days”
First Place: Hyvil Escayg, Ozone Park (Grade 11 at High School for Construction Trades, Engineering, and Architecture) – “Addicted”
Second Place: Gabrielle Campbell, Laurelton (Grade 11 at Cambria Heights Academy) – “Modern Throne”
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!
Watch this space for our Prose winners!
Readers, mark your calendars:
- Join Boundless Tales on April 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the Astoria Bookshop for readings by Jonathan Corcoran, Mary Lou Buschi, Ben Nadler, and Seamus Scanlon, hosted by Devin Doyle.
- Join the Oh, Bernice! Reading Series at Astoria Bookshop on April 16 at 7 p.m. for readings by Ann Podracky, Stefanie Lipsey, and Melissa Thomas.
- Join the Risk of Discovery Reading Series on April 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Astoria Coffee for a writing workshop followed by a poetry open mic and show led by Micah Zevin and featuring Luis “Storyteller” Cordova, Joanna C. Valente, Matthew Yeager, and Chelsea Whitton. There is a $10 cover charge, which will serve as credit toward food or drink.
- Delve deep into your personal writing as Heightening Stories presents the Personal Prose
workshop, starting June 2. Enrollment is open until May 26.
- Join Heightening Stories for The Diversity Writing Project workshop starting June 4. Register by May 31.
- Want to give your writing a kick in the pants? Heightening Stories presents the Jumpstart Your Writing online workshop starting June 5. Register by May 31.
- The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning is calling for artists to apply for a free one-month residency. For more information, and to apply, check out the JCAL website. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.