Congratulations to our Student Contest Winners

Junior/Senior Student Poetry Contests

The Poetry Society of New Hampshire (PSNH), in partnership with the NH Council of Teachers of English, is pleased to announce the winners of our 2016 PSNH Student Poetry Contests. We received many fine entries from New Hampshire students, and welcome young poets to submit next year. All winners will be published in PSNH’s literary journal, The Poets’ Touchstone.

Senior Division (High School)

Many thanks to Judges Stefanie King and Teresa King.

1st Place Winner: Samantha Wood for “Calculus”, 12th Grade, Kingswood Regional High School, Wolfeboro, NH

2nd Place: Robert Helm for “The Traveler,” 9th Grade, The Penn Program, Exeter, NH

3rd Place: Ella McGrail for “Ride Again,” 11th Grade, Portsmouth High School, Portsmouth, NH

Honorable Mention: Iris Chapman for “Butterfly,” 9th Grade, The Penn Program, Exeter, NH


Junior Division (Grades 1-8)

The following are the top 10 winning poems for the Junior Division, not ranked in any particular order. Many thanks to Coordinator Barbara Bald and Judge Beth Fox.

Ella Montanus for “Tomorrow,” Grade 4, Rollinsford Grade School, Rollinsford, NH

Sofia Young for “The Promise of Spring” and “Backwards Evolution,” Grade 7, Home schooled/Manchester, NH

Peyton Ann Hadfield for “We’re All Different,” Grade 5, Crescent Lake School, Wolfeboro, NH

Amanda Porter for “Outside My Little Window,” Grade 7, Seabrook Middle School, Seabrook, NH

Anna Evans for “Over the Sands of Time,” Grade 7, Seabrook Middle School, Seabrook, NH

Kendall Santy for “It is something you can make,” Grade 6, Alton Central School, Alton, NH

Benjamin Bruer for “The one thing that has always followed,” Grade 6, Alton Central School, Alton, NH

Emma Harley for “Jump” and “The Dark,” Grade 6, Captain Samuel Douglas Academy, Brookline, NH



The quality of the work was excellent and we invite all students to enter again in 2017. Updated information will be available here later this year.



College Student Poetry Contest Winner

We received outstanding entries from across the country for this contest open to all college undergraduates. Our winner received $200 and, along with our two Runners Up, publication in PSNH’s literary journal, The Poets’ Touchstone. Many thanks to Contest Coordinator Marti Noel and Judge Nicole Terez Dutton.


Jay Sheets, a student at Goddard College in Plainfield VT, won for his poem, "[blue haunts black & i know you when].”

Runners Up

First Runner Up:
Mitchell Capps – Lee University, Cleveland, TN,
"Truest, LA"

Second Runner Up:
Benjamin Ostrowski – Brown University, Providence, RI, 
"The switchbacks"

Honorable Mention

Ariana Yeatts-Lonski – Vanderbilt University – Nashville, TN