Fresh Voices Poetry Competition

Fresh Voices Poetry Competition offers students the opportunity to write and prepare poems suitable for presentation and publication. Since 1993, student poets from all corners of Connecticut have entered this competition and mentoring program.  The Fresh Voices Poetry Competition is now open to all New England high school students.

If you are a high school-age poet, take a chance on yourself and submit your work!

Awards

  • Winners will read at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival on Wednesday, August 16, 2017.
  • Winning poems will be printed in a chapbook published by Antrim House Press.
  • Winning poets will have their work featured in Hill-Stead’s online poetry journal, Theodate.

Important Dates

  • March 17    Entry deadline
  • March 31    Finalists announced via email and museum website.
  • April 28       Finalists read before a panel of judges and winners are announced.
  • August 14   Performance workshop for the winners in preparation for readings.
  • August 16   Winners read poems at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival.

How to Enter


Cover Fresh Voices Poetry Competition Chapbook

The 2016 Fresh Voices Chapbook is now available in our Museum Shop. To purchase, visit Hill-Stead museum, or contact our shop by telephone (860.677.4787 ext. 112) or email (labontem@hillstead.org).

Congratulations to our 2016 Fresh Voices Poetry Competition Winners

  • Owen Elphick, E.O. Smith High School
  • Chloe Ezzo, Kingswood Oxford
  • Leah Nashel, Westover School
  • Jossary Padilla, Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts
  • Abbey Rose Popolizio, Haddam-Killingworth High School
2016 Fresh Voices Finalists:
  • Jenna Baig
  • Kaitlyn Carr
  • Olivia Coleman
  • Rachel Currie
  • Sarah Ferrigno
  • Selena Muniz
  • Winona Scheff
  • Owen Elphick
  • Chloe Ezzo
  • Rachel Horowitz-Benoit
  • Jacob Lowell
  • Leah Nashel
  • Jossary Padilla
  • Abbey Rose Popolizio
  • Curtis Scheffel

Previous Winners

Read the poems by the 2015 winners in the March 2016 issue of Theodate: An Online Poetry Journal.

2015

  • Cole Adams, Kingswood-Oxford
  • Avery Christensen, Rockville High School
  • Khadija Hussain, Wilber Cross High School
  • Joscelyn Norris, Westover
  • Kaleigh Perkins, Rockville High School

2014

Read the poems by the 2014 winners in the February 2016 issue of Theodate: An Online Poetry Journal.

  • Shana Blatt, ACES Education Center for the Arts (New Haven)
  • Colleen Feeney, Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts
  • Sophia O’Brien-Udry, ACES Education Center for the Arts (New Haven)
  • Taite Puhala, Westminster School (Simsbury)
  • Wenell St. Hill, Great Hartford Academy of the Arts

2013

Read the poems by the 2013 winners in the February 2016 issue of Theodate: An Online Poetry Journal.

  • Julia Alexander
  • Horlando De los Santos
  • Trey Geisman
  • Hayley Kolding
  • Essence McDonald

2012

  • Alexandra Asal
  • Sophie Dillon
  • Shameil Dias
  • Amanda Goode
  • Shannon Haaland
  • Ellie Woznica

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