1455 Literary Arts Announces Teen Poetry Contest Winners

1455 Literary Arts, an organization committed to advancing the art and craft of storytelling, today announced the winners of its Teen Poetry Contest. With the theme of “Finding Community During Crisis,” the global  competition was designed to inspire young writers ages 13-19 at all stages of their poetic development, and to reward their talent with recognition from a passionate creative community and the greater public. 

The $5,000 Grand Prize winner of the Teen Poetry Contest is Yvanna Vien Tica (of Manila, Philippines), whose poem “At A Wake, I Confront” was the unanimous choice for the award. She read her poem on Friday, July 16 as part of 1455’s Summer Festival, a free, three-day virtual event that celebrates the art of craft of storytelling and features award-winning and newly discovered writers among its 200 speakers and 70+ panel sessions. 

The second prize winner is Yejin Suh for her poem “Elegy for Our Pseudohistories.” The third prize winner is Stella Lei (of Philadelphia) for her poem “Letter for Ellie Chu.” Honorable mentions are awarded to Sabrina Guo (of Oyster Bay Cove, NY) (“Elegy with Lipstick Smear”), Matt Hsu (of Hightstown, NJ (“Fissureman”), Chloe Lin (New Hyde Park, NY)  (“golden bowl hunger”), Sophia Mateja (of Santa Cruz, CA) (“Fuego”), Emily Truman (of Windsor ON, Canada) (“It Takes a Village”), Amy Wang (CA) (“Swallow-Boned”), and Richard Zhu (San Francisco) (“crabs caught in chain-link”). 

All finalists have been invited to read from their work during the July 16 7:00pm EDT ceremony celebrating the Teen Poetry Contest. Learn more about the poets and read their poems here.

Yvanna Vien Tica is a Filipina writer who lives in Manila. She has been recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition, The Kenyon Review, The Young Playwrights Festival, Princeton University’s Creative Writing Department, The Poetry Society UK, Aster Lit, and The Hippocrates Young Poets Prize. Yvann’s poetry is slated to be published in Rust + Moth, DIALOGIST, Hobart, and Shenandoah, among others. She is the editor-in-chief of The Faith Review, an executive editor for Polyphony Lit, a poetry editor for The Global Youth Review, and a poetry reader for Muzzle Magazine.

“Having completed another successful Teen Poetry contest as part of 1455’s third annual Summer Fest, I can confirm two things: the contest gets bigger and better each cycle, and choosing a grand prize winner becomes more difficult,” said Sean Murphy, Founder and Executive Director of 1455 Literary Arts. “It’s a labor of love, and I’m grateful to all the teen poets from the U.S. and beyond for sharing their writing. I’m also proud to note that we more than doubled last year’s total of poems; more than 130 submissions were received and narrowing the finalists down to 10 proved almost impossible.”

Poem entries were judged by the 1455 Advisory Board and the 2019 Hippocrates Young Poet Maia Siegel of Roanoke, Virginia, who will also read one of her poems at this year’s Summer Festival. Special guest Beth Ann Fennelly, Poet Laureate of Mississippi, will deliver introductory remarks and read from her own work. 

Registration to attend the Summer Festival is free and open at the festival website.

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