Marin Poetry Center

Poetry In The High Schools

2023 High School Poetry Contest

We are excited to launch this year's High School Poetry Contest. At least 50 poems will be selected for the 2023 High School Poetry Anthology. Click here for submission guidelines, information about this year's judge, and prizes.

About the Poetry Contest

The Marin Poetry Center sponsors teen-related projects that celebrate the arts and through our High School Poetry Contest.

MPC’s contest provides students professional review, selection, and publishing via our High School Poetry Anthology. Also, students selected for the anthology are invited to read their work at our Gala Award Ceremony in the spring of each year and receive a free anthology copy. For many students, inclusion in our anthology is their first experience writing and/or publishing a poem.  In the process, students tap into a special part of themselves and learn the power of their unique voice. Thank you for supporting the MPC High School Poetry Contest.

A note from MPC High School Anthology Editor, Erin Rodini

The Marin Poetry Center is thrilled to announce the winners and honorable mentions of the 2022 High School Anthology Contest! To follow last year, we opened our contest to Bay Area counties beyond Marin. Semifinalists were selected by a panel of experienced poets and our final judge, Judy Halebsky, reviewed them anonymously.

Every voice in this anthology is here because someone took the time to listen, to nurture, to teach. Thanks to the teachers who have created and maintained a space for poetry in their curricula, I can say with absolute certainty and joy that the art of poetry is vibrantly alive in Bay Area high schools!


st Place: Oral History Poem – Ni N.F., Lowell High School
nd Place: I'll Pray to Myself (God Poem) – K. Bhatt, The Marin School
rd  Place:  red #1 –  Natalja Vazquez Adams, Tamalpais High School


paper dreams – Vienne Voong, Lowell High School
vulnerable –  Manisha Murthy, Marin School of the Arts
counter balance  – Anonymous, Marin School of the Arts 
I've been peeling oranges as a form of prayer – Claire Cameron, Tamalpais High School
College Bound – Sonja Fish, Marin School of the Arts

44 additional poems have been selected for inclusion in the anthology, which launched at our Awards Ceremony and Reading on May 19, 2022.

Order a 2022 copy here:

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Past High School Anthology Winners

2022 High School Anthology Winners

Oral History Poem: beyond what I could've done

First Place: Oral History Poem: beyond what I could've done, by Ni N.F.

I'll Pray to Myself (God Poem)

Second Place: I'll Pray to Myself (God Poem), by K. Bhatt

red #1

Third Place: red #1, by Natalja Vazquez Adams

paper dreams

Honorable Mention: paper dreams, by Vienne Voong

College Bound

Honorable Mention: College Bound, by Sonja Fish

counter balance

Honorable Mention: counter balance, by Anonymous

I've been peeling oranges as a form of prayer

Honorable Mention: I've been peeling oranges as a form of prayer, by Claire Cameron


Honorable Mention: vulnerable, by Manisha Murthy

2021 High School Anthology Winners


Honorable Mention: Quilt, by Bodhi Dunkel Wilker


Honorable Mention: Sunday, by Violet Monchick

13 Reasons Why I'm Not a Bubbly Perfect Girl

Honorable Mention: 13 Reasons Why I'm Not a Bubbly Perfect Girl, by Hayley Ballard

Ode to a Box Filled with Smaller Boxes

Honorable Mention: Ode to a Box Filled with Smaller Boxes, by Adi Jolish

For My Daughter

Honorable Mention: For My Daughter, by Shaleez Razavi

Where I'm From

Honorable Mention: Where I'm From, by Dorian Grillet

Yesterday's Red Plaid Flannel

Third Place: Yesterday's Red Plaid Flannel, by Talia Harrison

Communicating with my Body

Second Place: Communicating with my Body, by Artemis Frederick


First Place: Numbers, by Odessa Goldberg

2020 High School Anthology Winners

Les Garçons Amoreaux

First Place: Les Garçons Amoreaux, by Cole Marrinson

November: New York

Second Place: November: New York, by Evelyn Bohn

32 Reasons Why I Love My Mom

Third Place: 32 Reasons Why I Love My Mom, by Sydney West

Something Whispered

Honorable Mention: Something Whispered, by Saoirse Staples


Honorable Mention: One, by Alexis Lanigan

All Connected

Honorable Mention: All Connected, by Dylan Marin

Bittersweet Symphony

Honorable Mention: Bittersweet Symphony, by Abigail Merciniak

How Capitalism Destroyed the Moon

Honorable Mention: How Capitalism Destroyed the Moon, by Jewel Guerra

2019 High School Anthology Winners

2018 High School Anthology Winners

We The Same Color

First Place: We The Same Color, by Rudy (Rudolfo) Perez-Diaz

Making Birch Paper with my Father

Second Place: Making Birch Paper with my Father, by Iona Normandi

I Love to Write Poetry

Third Place: I Love to Write Poetry, by Iona Normandi

2017 High School Anthology Winners


First Place: Memoir, by Benjamin Wall-Feng

Native Tongues

Second Place: Native Tongues, by Ashley Sanchez


Third Place: Dementia, by Lily Kun

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