2021 High School Poetry Contest Winners

The Palm Beach Poetry Festival believes in nurturing the creativity of the community’s young writers. Listening to their voices could not come at a better time for all of us. Click on their poems to read their outstanding work.

The winners of our Virtual High School Poetry Contest were selected from numerous entries submitted by students who attend Palm Beach County High Schools, Grades 9-12 – Public, Private Charter Schools, and Home-School. Our distinguished judge for this annual contest was Dr. Jeff Morgan, Professor, English and Dialogues of Learning, College of Arts and Sciences, Lynn University, Boca Raton, Florida. The winner received $200 and the four runners up each received $100. All winners and runners up received two pairs of tickets to the festival’s virtual poetry readings of their choice and a one-year subscription to Poets & Writers.

The Winners of the 2021 High School Poetry Contest:           



1st Place: Alissa Xiao

Senior, Dreyfoos School of the Arts

Garden of Eden”




The Four Runners up are:


2nd Place: Emma-Jade Cantrell                   

Junior, Dreyfoos School of the Arts

“How to Avoid Hypothermia”






3rd Place: Graysen Williams

Sophomore, Dreyfoos School of the Arts

“My Crown”






4thPlace: Katherine Oung  

Senior, Dreyfoos School of the Arts

“Bearing Fruit”  






5thPlace:  Justin Benitez                               

Junior, Spanish River High

“Here I Stand on the Shores of Time”





Congratulations to our winning poets. Thank you for submitting your wonderful poems!