The editors of The Adroit Journal are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2020 Adroit Prizes for Poetry & Prose, selected by Jericho Brown (poetry) and Kristen Arnett (prose). 

The Adroit Prizes are awarded annually to two students of secondary or undergraduate status. We’re fortunate to receive exceptional work from emerging writers in high school and college, and the best of the best are recognized by the Adroit Prizes.

Winners are awarded $200, and runners-up and finalists receive a copy of their judges’ latest book. Additionally, the winners, runners-up, and finalists will be featured in our August issue, available online this coming Thursday. We can’t wait to share this fantastic student work with you!

Until then, please join us in congratulating the students recognized by the 2020 Adroit Prizes for Poetry and Prose.

 

Winners: 

Tariq Thompson | Poetry | Kenyon College, ‘21
Yasmeen Khan | Fiction | Grand Oaks High School, ‘22

 

Runners-Up:


Coral Bello-Martinez | Nonfiction | Franklin & Marshall College, ‘20
Stephanie Chang | Poetry | University College London, ’25

 

Finalists:


Gerardo Azpiri | Poetry | Bennington College, ‘23
Julia Bohm | Nonfiction | University of Rochester, ‘22
Leyla Colpan | Poetry | University of Pittsburgh, ‘20
Elliot Connors | Nonfiction | Yale University, ‘20
Kaya Dierks | Fiction | The Branson School, ‘21
Sophia Marusic | Fiction | Princeton University, ‘21
Edward Moreta | Poetry | Kenyon College, ‘22
Sophie Paquette | Nonfiction | Columbia University, ‘23
Madeleine Pulman-Jones | Poetry | University of Cambridge, ‘21
Kit Pyne-Jaeger | Fiction | Cornell University, ‘20
Grace Wang | Poetry | Columbus North High School, ‘20
Alex Zhang | Poetry | Columbia University, ‘20

 

Semifinalists:


Lukas Bacho | Fiction | University High School, ‘20
Matilda Berke | Poetry | Wellesley College, ‘21
Charlie Blodnieks | Poetry | Columbia University, ’21

Julia Bohm | Poetry | University of Rochester, ‘22
Darnell (“DeeSoul”) Carson | Poetry | Stanford University, ‘21
Yue Chen | Poetry | [Redacted], ’22
Luke Coombs Misiak | Poetry | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, ‘20
Mayah DeMartino | Fiction | Western Washington University, ‘21
Lane Devers | Nonfiction | Interlochen Arts Academy, ‘21
Mosab Hamid | Other/Hybrid Prose | Wesleyan University, ‘23
Charlie Lee | Fiction | Yale University, ‘20
Zain Murdock | Poetry | Columbia University, ‘22
Deon Robinson | Poetry | Susquehanna University, ‘20
Nora Wagner | Fiction | College Preparatory School, ‘23
Nancy Walecki | Fiction | Yale University, ‘21
Grace Wynter | Fiction | Yale University, ‘20

 

Commended:


Penelope Alegria | Poetry | Niles West High School, ‘20
Aluna Brogdon | Fiction | Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, ‘20
Christian Butterfield | Poetry | Bowling Green High School, ‘20
Isabella Cho | Poetry | North Shore Country Day School. ‘20
Imani Davis | Poetry | University of Pennsylvania, ‘20
Caroline Dinh | Fiction | Richard Montgomery High School, ‘21
Alan Fang | Poetry | Johns Hopkins University, ‘20
Sarah Feng | Poetry | Pinewood School, ‘20
Lyd Havens | Poetry | Boise State University, ‘21
Jayshawn Lee | Poetry | New York University, ‘21
Patricia Liu | Poetry | Harvard University, ‘21
Jenniffer Meng | Fiction | Bayview Secondary School, ‘20
Madeline Miele | Poetry | University of Southern Maine, ‘20
Isabel Prioleau | Poetry | Homeschool, ‘21
Duncan Slagle | Poetry | University of Wisconsin – Madison, ‘21
Sam Slater
| Other/Hybrid Prose | Columbia University, ‘21
CJ Strauss | Fiction | Barnard College, ‘20
Jena Vallina | Fiction | University of Michigan, ‘22
Shreya Vikram | Fiction | KC High School, ‘21
Emma Wang | Fiction | Indian Springs School, ‘20

Ann Zhang | Fiction | John Burroughs School, ‘20
Valerie Zhang | Fiction | Harvard University, ‘21

 

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Be sure to sign up for Adroit Prizes updates if you’re a high school or undergraduate student, so you don’t miss the chance to submit to the 2021 Adroit Prizes, starting in spring 2021!

 

Peter LaBerge
Peter LaBerge

Peter LaBerge founded The Adroit Journal in 2010, as a high school sophomore. His work appears in Crazyhorse, Harvard Review, Indiana Review, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review Online, Pleiades, and Tin House, among others. He is the recipient of a 2020 Pushcart Prize.

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