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Karen Keys, Coordinator of Young Adult Services
April 29, 2022

Notebook paper that says The Ned Vizzini Teen Writing Prize with a pencil at the bottom in front of a swirly background

We received hundreds of submissions, and the Teen Writing Contest Committee is pleased to announce the following prizes, honors, and selections for the 2022 Teen Writing Contest & Ned Vizzini Teen Writing Prize. Congrats to our winners and many thanks to our staff readers and judges. 

Poetry  

Middle School 

  • First Place: Pigeons by Maya Cohen 
  • Second Place: Where I’m From by Lilla Burke  
  • Honorable Mention: On Riding the Subway by Oren Milgrom-Dorfman 
  • Honorable Mention: The World of My Mind by Hannah Powell  
  • Honorable Mention: Broadway by Frank Raso  

High School 

  • First Place: The Laundress by Victoria Yang  
  • Second Place: An A+ in Black Excellence by Sanai Rashid 
  • Honorable Mention: Sunset by Iago Macknik-Conde 
  • Honorable Mention: Mother by Britney Phan 
  • Honorable Mention: For a Cold Man by Mia Taubenblat 
  • Honorable Mention: Icarus by Elaine Yu 

Prose 

Middle School 

  • First Place: Luna By Shoshana Seigel 
  • Second Place: Live by Gillian Coppola 
  • Honorable Mention: The Sound by Benjamin Gurvich 
  • Honorable Mention: Sexual Harassment: The Reality for Teenager Girls by Rachel Uh 
  • Honorable Mention: Thrown Away by Angel Huang 

High School 

  • First Place: The Armchair, the Cat, and Edward Fellington by Sophia Medina 
  • Second Place: hermit crab by Eleanor Bolas 
  • Honorable Mention: BFFs by Phoebe Levitsky 
  • Honorable Mention: Puffers of the Concrete Jungle by Sanai Rashid 
  • Honorable Mention: In the Silence by Adelle Xiao 

The following additional selections from our Finalists will also be published in our Teen Writing Journal: 

Poetry 

Middle School  

  • Why Should I by Seb Cheung  
  • day 255 by by Sophie Ge  
  • My Sweet, Little Jerry by Rhoxlie Marron 
  • Not by Phoebe Zhu  

High School  

  • Glossary: Places I've Lived by Cora LeCates  
  • countdown by Asha Mody
  • The Circle of Life by Aliza Perl 
  • Just Blue <3 by Denise Sanchez Silva  
  • Hope: What is it? by William Tang   

Prose  

Middle School 

  • A Dandelion’s Misfortune by Kaya Parikh  
  • Reasons to Become an Insomniac by Gloria He  

High School  

  • Snapchat Eulogy by Clio Barrett 
  • Street Creature by Isabelle Duperval 
  • Rope by Desmond Loo 

 

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