Sylvia Plath at Smith


Finalists Elizabeth Bennett, Carly McIver, and Samantha Ardoin with prize judge Tracy K. Smith in the Poetry Center (The winner, Haeyeon Cho was home in Korea and unable to attend.)

to the 2010-2011 competition


2010 winners


Haeyeon Cho (Milton Academy), for "The Soup Kitchen"


Samantha Ardoin (Phillips Exeter Academy), for "No Meaning Intended"

Elizabeth Bennett (Milton Academy), for "Race Days"

Carly McIver (Marblehead High School), for "In Which a Past Shows Visions of the Future and the Mallard Duck Regrets His Choice of Living Quarters"


Sara Costello (Milton Academy), for "Pretty Little Thing"

Emily Donaldson (Woodstock Union High School), for "Tactition"

Amelia Fitch (Concord Academy), for "Necklace"

Julia Francis (Montpelier High School), for "To Be Completely Honest"

Nicolette Gendron (Milton Academy), for "Play Girl Play Life"

Alice Hale (Contoocook Valley Regional High School), for "Crocus Vernus"

Lauren O'Donnell (Falmouth High School), for "Apartment 5j"

Carolyn Orosz (Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts), for "Obituary (or the things it should have said)"

Judge for 2010: Tracy K. Smith

Read the Winning Poems here!


The award carried with it a prize of $500 for the first-place winner, and the winners read their poems on stage at Tracy K. Smith's spring poetry reading. Before the reading, the winner and runners-up are also invited to meet privately with Tracy K. Smith, and to spend an afternoon at Smith, visiting the Poetry Center and meeting with President Christ.

The Smith College Poetry Prize for High School Girls is a regionwide contest open to sophomore and junior girls. Submissions were received from all parts of New England, and from public, private and home-schooled students. Tracy K. Smith chose the winning poems from among twenty finalists, selected anonymously by a committee of students and faculty.

Tracy K. Smith

Tracy K. Smith



about the judge
Tracy K. Smith's poems treat grief and loss, historical intersections with race and family, and the threshold between childhood and adulthood, prompting Yusef Komunyakaa to write, "Here's a voice that can weave beauty and terror into one breath." Joy Harjo has called her work "a true merging of the ancient roots of poetry with the language of an age of a different kind of sense." Author of two collections, The Body's Question and Duende, and recipient of many honors, Smith teaches creative writing at Princeton.













From Sylvia Plath's journal, Smith College, April 27, 1953