Milberg Poetry Prize

Milburg-HS-Poetry-Prize-Postcard-2014-15-1Princeton University’s Program in Creative Writing is now accepting submissions for the Leonard L. Milberg ’53 High School Poetry Prize. Eligibility is limited to students in the eleventh grade during the 2014-15 academic year.

Prizes: First Prize – $500, Second Prize – $250, Third Prize – $100
Deadline: November 28, 2014

Applicants may submit up to three poems with name, home address, email address, telephone number, and name of high school, plus the high school’s telephone number on each poem. Submissions must be postmarked by November 28, 2014 to:

Leonard L. Milberg ’53 Poetry Contest
Princeton University
Program in Creative Writing
6 New South
Princeton, NJ 08544

Contest judges are poets on the Princeton University Creative Writing faculty, which includes Catherine Barnett, Michael Dickman, Ben Lerner, Paul Muldoon, James Richardson, Tracy K. Smith, Susan Wheeler, Monica Youn, and Kevin Young. Winning poems and results will be posted on in February 2015. Submissions will not be returned.

» Read the 2014 winning poems



2014 Winners

First Place:
Adina Lasser, Electric
Taylors, SC
The Fine Art Center

Second Place:
Tim D. Housand, Notes from a Park in Greenville
Greenville, SC
South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts

Third Place:
Katie Hibner, Will I Hang Owl-Man?
Mason, OH
Williams Mason High School

Honorable Mentions:

Nathan Blansett, Some Shape of You
Monroe, GA

Haley Kellner, Explanation
Greenville, SC

Noa Meerschwam, Porch-Sitter
New York, NY

Cameron Messinides, Weakness of Structure
Greenville, SC

Maron Tate, Between Now and Tomorrow
Greenville, SC

Clea S. Woodbury, Confirmation
New York, NY

Past Winners

Past winners who have gone on to become Princeton University students include:

Daisy Bassen ’98 – “Winning the prize made me aware of the Creative Writing program at Princeton and showed me how warm and encouraging it is to young poets.”

Caitlin Crounse ’99 – “It confirmed my most cherished, outlandish suspicion: that I might actually be a poet.”

Jon Queally ’00 – “Winning this prize meant that there was the possibility that I had something of value to say.”

Efe Balikcioglu ’10 – “Receiving the prize encouraged me to pursue improving my talent in every aspect here at Princeton.”

Kat Kulke ’17 – “Winning the prize gave me a new faith in myself as a writer and opened my eyes to the vibrant writing community at Princeton.”