Queens Young Authors and Poets: 2016 Poetry Winners

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

Queens Young Authors and Poets 2016 contest

Grades 3-5

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”

Grades 6-8

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”

Grades 9-12

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: