H.S. Poetry Prize


Announcing the Winner and Finalists
of the Thirteenth Annual Smith College
Poetry Prize for High School Girls

Click here for full text of the poems by this year’s winner and finalists



Claire Shang for Ears (Broken Ghazal)
Hunter College High School, New York, NY


Anaya Kaul for My Kashmiri
Worcester Academy, Worcester, MA

Evita Thadhani for Life Rules
Milton Academy, Milton, MA

Emmy Vitali for An Ode to Congenital Hypothyroidism
The Ethel Walker School, Simsbury, CT

The winner will receive a $500 prize from the Poetry Center in recognition of her outstanding work, and the winner and and 3 finalists have been invited to share their winning poems on April 9 at Jenny George’s reading at Smith.

Congratulations, Claire, Anaya, Evita and Emmy!


This year, we also had 6 semifinalists whose work was recognized by the committee and Jenny George:


Hayley Bravin for “A Girl with No Brain”
The Ethel Walker School, Simsbury, CT

Malia Chung for “Digression”
Milton Academy, Milton, MA

Venecia Fultz for “Unmasking the Silhouette”
Rockville High School, Vernon, CT

Lara Katz for “of arc”
Pierrepont School, Westport, CT

Ellanora Lerner for “[the girl is a] body”
Fishers Island School, Fishers Island, NY
Hanna Nazzaro for “Umeboshi”
Phillips Academy Andover, North Andover, MA
Congratulations to our semifinalists!

Sponsored by the Poetry Center at Smith College

The Poetry Center at Smith College was founded in 1997 with the goals of bringing distinguished poets to the College, creating a video archive of their readings, and promoting an appreciation of poetry in the larger community through outreach to schools.

The Poetry Center celebrates Smith’s long and illustrious relationship with such world-renowned poets as Sylvia Plath, W.H. Auden, Richard Wilbur, and Adrienne Rich.

About the Judge

JENNY GEORGE is a winner of the “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize and a recipient of fellowships from The Bread Load Writers’ Conference, Lannan Foundation, the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Narrative, Granta, the Iowa Review, FIELD, Copper Nickel and elsewhere. Jenny received her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her debut collection, The Dream of Reason, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2018.