Milberg Poetry Prize

Milburg-HS-Poetry-Prize-Postcard-2014-15-1The Princeton University Program in Creative Writing’s Leonard L. Milberg ’53 High School Poetry Prize is awarded each year to a student in the 11th grade.

» Read the 2015 winning poems 

Prizes: First Prize – $500, Second Prize – $250, Third Prize – $100

Application instructions for the 2016 contest will be published in fall 2015.

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.



2014 Winners

» Read the 2014 winning poems

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.”