• 2018-2019 National High School Poetry Contest at Gannon University English Department is now accepting submissions. 

    The top three winners will receive a monetary award, a signed book by distinguished poet Denise Duhamel, and publication in the Awards Night program.

    • First Place: $100.00
    • Second Place: $75.00
    • Third Place:  $50.00

    Poems may also win Honorable Mention awards.

    Winners will be notified by email in March 2019. Awards will be presented at the annual Gannon Writing Awards program.

    Rules and Eligibility

    • Entrants must be a high school student or a home-schooled student in grades nine through twelve. Students from anywhere in the United States may enter.
    • Each student may enter 1 or 2 poems.
    • Poems may be about any topic and in any form and must be the original work of the student.
    • Poems must be typed.
    • The student's name, address, phone number, email address and grade in school must appear in the top left corner of each poem.
    • The student's school, school's address, school's phone number, and a teacher's name and email address must appear in the top right corner.
    • Poems will not be returned; students should not send their only copies.
    • Submit poems by emailing them to highschoolpoetry@gannon.edu by February 1, 2019  
    • Winners receiving a monetary award will be required to complete a W-9 form to receive their prize. 

    Deadline: February 1, 2019 

    Questions may be addressed to Dr. Shreelina Ghosh at ghosh002@gannon.edu  

    How to Submit

    You may submit up to two poems to the contest, but each poem must be submitted in separate documents. Attach each poem in a PDF, DOCX, DOC, TXT, or OTD files. Submit poems online at highschoolpoetry@gannon.edu.


    Gannon English faculty members judge the poems. Each poem is read independently by at least two readers to determine finalists. The final decisions are made by two select faculty, who will be named at the awards ceremony in April.

    42nd Annual Gannon Writing Awards Program

    Guest Speaker Denise Duhamel
    Wednesday, April 10, 2019
    7:30 p.m., Waldron Campus Center, Gannon University
    Free / Open to Public 

    For more information, email  Dr. Shreelina Ghosh (ghosh002@gannon.edu)

  • About Denise Duhamel

    Denise Duhamel  

    Denise Duhamel

    Denise Duhamel's most recent book of poetry is Scald (Pittsburgh, 2017). Blowout (Pittsburgh, 2013) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her other titles include Ka-Ching! (Pittsburgh, 2009); Two and Two (Pittsburgh, 2005); Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems (Pittsburgh, 2001); The Star-Spangled Banner (Southern Illinois University Press, 1999); andKinky (Orhisis, 1997).  She also has authored four collaborative books with Maureen Seaton, the most recent of which is CAPRICE (Collaborations: Collected, Uncollected, and New) (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2015).  Her nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times and her first book of collaborative lyric essays with Julie Marie Wade is The Unrhymables: Collaborations in Prose (Noctuary Press, 2019).

    Her work is anthologized widely and appears in literary magazines including Ploughshares, New Ohio Review, and The American Poetry Review.  Individual poems have been translated into Polish, Italian, Arabic, and Romanian.  In 2008, Madrid's Bartleby Editores, the leading Spanish-language press publishing poets in English, released a bilingual edition of her poems, Afortunada de mí (Lucky Me).  In 2013,  Ediciones Recovecos publishedReina por un día, a Spanish translation of Queen for a Day in Argentina.

    Duhamel is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.  She served as the guest editor is for The Best American Poetry 2013 and  is a professor at Florida International University in Miami. In Rain Taxi, writes, William D. Waltz, "As I read her work...I feel like I'm taking a sneak peek at the future: Duhamel hints at a poetry that transcends irony and alienation.  There's plenty of both here, but she's busy working them over...pushing so hard that the next step may be beyond what is known." 


    "In a spill of language and emotion often contained in the traditional form of the villanelle and pantoum, National Book Critics Circle finalist Duhamel (Blowout) explores women's place in the world as part of nature, history, and culture and forever at sword's edge with men. …VERDICT Duhamel's deceptively informational, almost deadpan voice might at first puzzle but soon becomes incantatory, even obsessive. Engaging for a wide range of readers."
    -Library Journal

    While never eulogizing them directly, Duhamel applies their central insights to her experiences as teacher, poet, and historically, politically, and socially conscious citizen. … Her wit never fails her,but comedy is not an objective of these plainspoken, accessible poems of ideas."
    -ALA Booklist (starred review)

    Duhamel's robust sense of humor and formal adventurousness make the text enjoyable even if some questions remain unanswerable."
    -Publishers Weekly

    Scald is a terrific, humorous, thought-provoking collection. I can't imagine anybody not enjoying and being impressed by it."
    -South Florida Poetry Review

    "What a great ride! What wonders! Humor, witchcraft, history, culture, the 'Denise' in every poem shining forth with that special Denise-ness!

    -Maureen Seaton

    Past Year Winners

    Gannon Poetry Contest Winners


    First Place: "The Shattering"
    by Alex Stauff
    Physician Assistant Major

    Second Place:"A Night Like These"
    by Alex Rogers
    English Major

    Third Place:"When my dad is angry"
    by Julia McGregor
    Biology Pre-Medicine Major

    Honorable Mention:"He Sees"
    by Julia Fulton
    English Major

    Honorable Mention:"A Trans Plays on Words"
    by Alex Laufer
    Political Science Major

    Honorable Mention:"The Tranquil Girl"
    by Petra Shearer
    English Major

    Graduate Category

    First Place: "I burned a lof of fuel to get out of the house"
    by Spencer Myers
    Master of Arts in English

    Honorable Mention: "continuous incompleteness"
    by Mariana Syrotiak
    Master of Arts in English

    Honorable Mention: "Tuesday, 2:33 pm in the AC Moore"
    by Taylor Roth
    Master of Arts in English

    National High School Poetry Contest

    First Place:"Addressing My Mother"
    by Maya Green
    Sophomore,Charleston County School of the Arts
    North Charleston, South Carolina

    Second Place:"plink plink"
    by Maya Berardi
    Junior, Avonworth High School
    Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

    Third Place:"Sacramento"
    by Ilan Magnani
    Sophomore, Pittsburgh Creative and Performing ArtsSchool
    Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

    Honorable Mention:" To speak for fish"
    by Su Min Kim
    Senior, Bergen County Academics
    Hackensack, New Jersey

    Honorable Mention:"My Grandmother Speaks of The War
    by Emma Camp
    Senior, Alabama School of Fine Arts
    Birmingham, Alabama

    Honorable Mention:"Amphibian in Four Parts"
    by Michelle Schultze
    Freshman, Charleston County School of the Arts
    North Charleston, South Carolina

    Honorable Mention:"Alice"
    by Haemaru Chung
    Trinity School
    New York, New York

    Journalism Contest


    First Place: Gannon set to welcome MHA program in May
    by Brandon Jaces
    Journalism Communication Major

    Second Place: Greek social event policy revealed
    by Kate Robb
    History Major


    First Place: History professor releases second novel                 
    by Olivia Burger
    Pre-Optometry Major

    Second Place: Heathers: Behind the curtain
    by Roman Denisyuk
    Interdisciplinary Studies


    First Place: Finding God on Gannon’s campus
    by Rachel Nye
    Physician Assistant Major

    Second Place: Current news will never be what we want to hear
    by Harlee Boehm
    Journalism Communication Major


    First Place: Thrival Innovation
    by Olivia Burger
    Pre-Optometry Major

    Second Place: Gitnik Manse
    by Brittiny Lene
    Journalism Communication Major


    First Place: Placebo
    by Roman Denisyuk
    Interdisciplinary Studies

    Second Place: Pearl Jam documentary
    by Kyle Joseph
    Mechanical Engineering Major


    First Place: Gannon to welcome new teams in the fall
    by Kate Robb
    History Major

    Second Place: Volleyball concludes historic season in NCAA semifinals
    by Brandon Jaces
    Journalism Communication Major

    Peter C. Braeger Awards for Research Writing

    Graduate Category

    First Place: Plantar Warts: Highlighting the Relationship between Epidemiology, Pathophysiology, and Adequate Clinical Management
    by Dexter Witchey and Nicole Witchey
    Physician Assistant Program

    Second Place: TheInclusive Classroom Project: Differentiated Lesson Plans for Primary Source Document Analysis
    by Katherine Gigl
     Curriculum and Instruction Master of Education Program

    Third Place: Investigation of Business Opportunities and Challenges for an Engineering Consulting Firm in Israel
    by Chad Ellsworth
    Organizational Learning and Leadership Doctoral Program

    Honorable Mention:    “‘Where Pathways Meet’: Situating African-American Fantasy Within
    by Stephen Craig
    English Master of Arts Program

    Undergraduate Category

    First Place: Dermatomyositis: A Rare Autoimmune Disease of Middle Adulthood
    by Abigail Printz
    Physician Assistant

    Second Place: Shutter Island and JRR Tolkein: Trickery and Conspiracy
    by Ben Daghir

    Third Place (tie): An Evaluation of Parenting Styles and Their Impact on Children and Adolescents
    by Lillian Peterson

    Third Place (tie): The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative: Past, Present, . . . and Future? "
    by Daniel T. Kaufmann
    Freshwater and Marine Biology and Environmental Science

    Honorable Mention: Decreasing School Dropout through Community Schools
    by Lydia Archinal
    Social Work

    Freshman Category

    1st Place (tie): United States and Climate Change: Facts and Fiction
    by Daniel T. Kaufmann
    Freshwater and Marine Biology and Environmental Science

    1st Place (tie): Influences of Animal-Assisted Therapy on the Cognitive and Emotional Capabilities of Dementia Patients
    by Mollie Minko
    Physician Assistant/Biology Minor

    2nd Place: Is Fracking Worth the Risk?
    by Justin Groshek
    Environmental Engineering

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