The 2016 ADROIT PRIZES for Poetry and Prose

The Adroit Prizes for Poetry and Prose are awarded annually to two students of secondary or undergraduate status whose written work "inspires the masses to believe beyond feeling the work." In other words, we strive to receive the absolute best work from emerging young writers in high school and college, and the best of the best will receive these two lovely awards.

Submissions for the awards are NOW OPEN. Please click here to submit poetry, and click here to submit prose (or visit the following webpage: Submissions will close on February 1, 2016. Winners will be announced in March.

All secondary and undergraduate students are eligible, including those undergraduate students who have graduated a semester early (i.e., in December 2015). Submissions should include up to eight poems, and up to three works of fiction or nonfiction. Simultaneous submissions, as well as submissions of work that has previously been recognized by such organizations as the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and the National YoungArts Foundation, are accepted, but should please be noted as such. Submissions should be either previously unpublished or previously recognized or published solely in a campus-wide publication, journal, or contest. 

While it would be preferred to receive all entries from a given student writer at once, you may also send eligible work in multiple batches, so long as the combined work does not exceed eight poems and three works of prose. Please pass along any additional questions you might have to the editors at the following email: with the subject line "Adroit Prize Inquiry." 

We are thrilled to announce that the 2016 Adroit Prize for Poetry will be selected by Corey Van Landingham. The 2016 Adroit Prize for Prose will be selected by Kevin Moffett.

Corey Van Landingham is the author of Antidote, winner of the 2012 The Ohio State University Press/The Journal Award in Poetry. A former Wallace Stegner Poetry Fellow at Stanford University, her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in AGNI, The Best American Poetry 2014, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. She is currently the 2015-2016 Emerging Writer Lecturer at Gettysburg College. 

Kevin Moffett is the author of two books, Permanent Visitors (University of Iowa Press, 2006), which won the John Simmons Short Fiction Award, and Further Interpretations of Real-Life Events (Harper Perennial, 2011). He is a frequent contributor to McSweeney's and his stories and essays have appeared in Tin HouseAmerican Short FictionThe BelieverA Public SpaceThe Best American Short Stories, and elsewhere. He has received the National Magazine Award, the Nelson Algren Award, the Pushcart Prize, and a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Silent History, a collaborative multi-part narrative he wrote with Matt Derby and Eli Horowitz, was released as an app for mobile devices in 2012, and as a novel in 2014. He teaches at Claremont McKenna College, and in the low-residency MFA at the University of Tampa.  



2015 —

Poetry: Ian Burnette: "dear radio," selected by Tarfia Faizullah
      Runner Up: Brynne Rebele-Henry: "Purple"

Prose: Lydia Weintraub: "Feelies," selected by Alexander Maksik
Runner Up: John Stegner: "Cleansing"

Honorable Mentions:
Mariel Alonzo | Poetry | University of the Philippines - Diliman, '16
Sara Henry | Poetry | University of Chicago, '15
Christina Qiu | Prose | Harvard University, '19
Maia Rosenfeld | Prose | Brown University, '19
Emily Zhang | Poetry | Richard Montgomery High School, '16

Editors' List:
Rachael Allen | Prose | Bowdoin College, '18
Mehul Bhagat | Poetry | Emory University, '18
Nathan Blansett | Poetry | Emory University, '19
Catherine Brams | Poetry | Middlebury College, '18
Walker Caplan | Prose | Lakeside School, '16
Lev Craig | Poetry | Harvard University, '16
Cu Fleshman | Prose | University of California - Irvine, '18
Mitchell Glazier | Poetry | West Virginia University, '17
Ava Goga | Poetry | Robert McQueen High School, '16
Safwan Khatib | Poetry | Columbia University, '19
Erin Koehler | Poetry | State University of New York - Geneseo, '15
Jessica Li | Prose | Livingston High School, '16
Annalise Lozier | Poetry | Interlochen Arts Academy, '17
Blaike Marshall | Poetry | College of Charleston, '17
Grant McClure | Poetry | Wofford College, '19
Jared Newman | Prose | Yale University, '19
Lucy Silbaugh | Prose | Abington Friends School, '16
Jeremy Windham | Poetry | Stephen F. Austin State University, '15


2014 —

Poetry: Nathan Durham: "Chevrolet," selected by Richie Hofmann
      Runner Up: Ian Burnette: "Harvests"
      Honorable Mention: Emily Knott: "Elegy Broadcast from the Top of a Radio Tower"
      Honorable Mention: Oriana Tang: "Chinese New Year"
      Honorable Mention: Maddie Kim: "Mothers in July"

Prose: Isabel DeBre: "Digging," selected by Wendy Rawlings
Runner Up: Madeleine Cravens: "Girls and Boys: Growing Up in Four Parts"
      Honorable Mention: Dalton Fischer-Linnett: "When Dutch Klaas was Fearless"
      Honorable Mention: Frances Saux: "Difficult"
      Honorable Mention: Catherine Mosier-Mills: "The Practical Applications of Calculus"

Editors' List:
Camara Brown | Poetry | University of Pennsylvania, '17
Alicia Lai | Poetry | Princeton University, '18
Cheryl Julia Lee | Poetry | Nanyang Technological University, '14
Emma Lister | Poetry | Colyton Grammar School, '15
Kyle Michelson | Poetry | Stanford University, '15
Torn Porter | Prose | Stanford University, '16
Christina Qiu | Prose | Livingston High School, '15
AM Ringwalt | Prose | Emerson College, '17
Lucy Wainger | Poetry | Stuyvesant High School, '16
Megan Walters | Prose | Interlochen Arts Academy, '15
Jay G. Ying | Poetry | University of Edinburgh '16


2013 —

Poetry: Shelley Whitaker: "The Fox Den," selected by Garth Greenwell
Runner Up: Rainie Oet: "Hookey"
      Honorable Mention: Emily Bernard: "My Father, the American Hero"
      Honorable Mention: Katherine Frain: "South Carolina"
      Honorable Mention: Da'Shawn Mosley: "Because You Expressed Desire, Once, to Be Here"

Prose: Elizabeth Martin: "Too Small Yet," selected by Marlin Barton
Runner Up: Lily Fishman: "The Beach"
      Honorable Mention: Emily Hittner-Cunningham: "After Looking-Glass"
      Honorable Mention: Eric Stiefel: "Ronald Reagan Walks Again"
      Honorable Mention: Ashley Zhou: "A Man of Convenience"

Editors' List:
Yasmin Belkhyr | Poetry | The Garden School, '14
Kathleen Cole | Prose | University of Chicago, '17
Caleb Kaiser | Poetry | School of the Art Institute of Chicago, '16
Kayla Krut | Poetry | University of California - Berkeley, '14
Charles McCrory | Prose | University of Mississippi, '16
Christina Qiu | Prose | Livingston High School, '15
Kathleen Radigan | Poetry | Connecticut College, '17
Iris Samuels | Poetry | Israeli Defense Force
Rachel Stone | Poetry | Princeton University, '17
Lydia Weintraub | Prose | Saint Ann's School, '14
Victoria White | Poetry | Milton Academy, '14


2012 —

Poetry: Stephanie Guo: "Clear Tea," selected by Chloe Honum
Runner Up: Nicholas Pierce: "After My Mother's Wedding"
      Honorable Mention: Michelle Jia: "Mrs. D"
      Honorable Mention: Jessie Li: "Pyrus Pyrifolia"
      Honorable Mention: Eliza Moley: "Barcelona"

Prose: Phoebe Nir: "Talia and Kate," selected by Kirk Nesset
Runner Up: Flora Collins: "Debbie"
      Honorable Mention: Elizabeth Ballou: "Medicine Cabinet Confessional"
      Honorable Mention: Alina Grabowski: "The Great American Road Trip"
      Honorable Mention: Melissa Tolentino: "Reckless"

Editors' List:
Alexa Derman | Prose | Westfield High School, '14
Amy Gopinathan | Poetry | Princeton University, '14
Sara Kassel | Prose | Philadelphia University, '14
Caroline Kelley | Poetry | Wellesley College, '16
Katy Li | Poetry | Coppell High School, '14
Molly McGinnis | Poetry | Boise High School, '13
Rick Manayan | Poetry | Punahou School, '13
Sienna Zeilinger | Prose | Brown University, '15
Tina Zhu | Prose | Shanghai American School, '13