The editors of The Adroit Journal are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2021 Adroit Prizes for Poetry & Prose, selected by Carl Phillips (poetry) and Samantha Hunt (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 October issue, available online soon. We can’t wait to share the work of these fantastic student writers with you!

Until then, please join us in congratulating the students recognized by the 2021 Adroit Prizes for Poetry and Prose.

 

Winners: 

Stephanie Chang | Poetry | Kenyon College, ‘25
Enshia Li | Nonfiction | Stanford University, ‘22

 

Runners-Up:


Amal Haddad | Fiction | Swarthmore College, ‘22
Delilah Silberman | Poetry | Bennington College, ‘21

 

Finalists:


Aluna Brogdon
| Fiction | Williams College, ‘26
Eliza Browning | Poetry | Wheaton College, ‘22
David Emeka | Fiction | The Federal University of Technology – Owerri, ‘21
Aidan Forster | Fiction | Brown University, ‘22
Jack Goodman | Poetry | Walter Payton College Preparatory School, ‘22
Sharon Lin | Poetry | Massachusetts Institute of Technology, ‘21
Sofia Montrone | Fiction | Columbia University, ‘21
Jackson Neal | Poetry | University of Wisconsin – Madison, ‘23
Ngoc Pham | Poetry | Macalester College, ‘21
Kit Pyne-Jaeger | Fiction | Cornell University, ‘21
Clara Rosarius | Fiction | Oberlin College, ‘23
Kyle Wang | Poetry | Stanford University, ‘22

 

Semifinalists:


Imani Benberry | Fiction | Columbia University, ‘21
Matilda Lin Berke | Poetry | Wellesley College, ‘21
Jewel Cao | Poetry | Crofton House School, ’22

Krystle DiCristofalo | Fiction | Columbia University, ‘23
Ai Li Feng | Fiction | Thetford Academy, ‘24
Maria Gray | Poetry | Bates College, ’23
Bianca Layog | Poetry | Interlochen Arts Academy, ‘21
Alejandro Lucero | Poetry | University of Colorado – Denver, ‘22
Sarah Fahtima Mohammed | Poetry | The Harker School, ‘23
Paz O’Farrell | Fiction | Pitzer College, ‘22
Kyle Okeke | Poetry | University of Houston, ‘22
Anthony Okpunor | Poetry | University of Benin, ‘22
Cole Pragides | Fiction | University of Colorado – Boulder, ‘22
Yejin Suh | Nonfiction | Glen Rock High School, ‘21
Abigail Sylvor Greenberg | Nonfiction | Yale University, ‘25
Conor Truax | Fiction | University of Waterloo, ‘22

 

Commended:


Margot Armbruster | Poetry | Duke University, ‘22
Daniya Baiguzhayeva | Poetry | University of Cambridge, ’21
Ayomide Bayowa | Poetry | University of Toronto, ‘22
Clare Boyle | Nonfiction | Brown University, ‘21
Spencer Chang | Poetry | Taipei American School, ‘21
Yumiko Gonzalez Rios | Nonfiction | Colorado College, ‘21
Dedeepya Guthikonda | Fiction | Edina High School, ‘22
Mosab Hamid | Poetry | Wesleyan University, ‘23
Matthew Ineman | Fiction | Binghampton University, ‘22
Lisa Jackson | Nonfiction | Stony Brook University, ‘21
Virginia Kane | Poetry | Kenyon College, ‘22
Elane Kim | Fiction | Stanford University Online High School, ‘23

Jessica Kim | Poetry | La Cañada High School, ‘23
Caitlyn Klum | Poetry | University of Chicago, ‘21
Henry Koskoff | Poetry | Emory University, ‘23
Sarah Lao
| Poetry | The Westminster Schools, ‘21
Wes Matthews | Poetry | University of Pennsylvania, ‘23
Satori McCormick | Fiction | Castle View High School, ‘23
Paul Michaud | Fiction | Brown University, ‘22
Edward Moreta
| Poetry | Kenyon College, ‘23
Athena Nassar | Poetry | Emerson College, ‘23
Cora Schipa | Fiction | College of Charleston, ‘22
Madison Sides | Poetry | University of Nebraska – Lincoln, ‘23
Rebecca Turner | Fiction | Kenyon College, ‘22
Kaes Vanderspek | Fiction | Lewis & Clark College, ‘21
Shreya Vikram | Fiction | KC High School, ‘21
Josephine Wu | Fiction | Georgetown University, ‘24
Susie Xu | Prose Hybrid | Brown University & Rhode Island School of Design, ‘23
Sophie Zhu | Poetry | Williamsville East High School, ‘23

 

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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 2022 Adroit Prizes, starting in winter/spring 2022!

 

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