The Charles Crupi Memorial Poetry Contest

Open to all Michigan High School Students

Albion College English professor Charles Crupi with a class in 1981Albion College sponsors a poetry contest for high school students in Michigan. The contest is dedicated to Charles Crupi, a beloved English professor at Albion who passed away in 2009. Professor Crupi believed that language matters, that poems matter, that students matter—and that is precisely what this contest is about: language, poems, students. We hope that you will consider entering the contest, if you are a high school student, or encouraging others to do so if you are a teacher, parent, or friend of a Michigan high school student. All Michigan high school students are eligible to enter.

Submit Your Poetry

Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges selected by the Albion College English Department. All participants will be notified of results after all poems are read and judged. The winners will not only take home cash ($250, $150, $100 for our top three winners); their work will also be published in our fine journal, The Albion Review.

All poets who submit their work will be invited to a poetry reading on the Albion College campus this spring and will have a chance to interact with the men and women who continue to value what Professor Crupi and this contest both value: language, poetry, students.


  • 1st place - $250 and Publication in The Albion Review
  • 2nd place - $150 and Publication in The Albion Review
  • 3rd place - $100 and Publication in The Albion Review

All entries must be uploaded online by Saturday, February 4, 2017.

Guidelines for Submission

Poem(s): Students may submit up to three of their poems online.

  • Each poem should be submitted in a separate file and should not exceed 50 lines.
  • The author's name should not appear anywhere on the individual poems.
  • Entries may not be revised after they are uploaded.
  • Entries received that do not comply with guidelines will be returned unread.

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Please direct your questions to Danit Brown at .

Congratulations to all of the contest winners!

2015-16 Charles Crupi Memorial Poetry Contest Winners

1st place

Sara Carretero
Poem Title: Meat
Clarkston High School, Clarkston, MI

2nd place (tie)

Hajjar Baban
Poem Title: Maghrib in Afghanistan
Fordson High School, Dearborn, MI

2nd place (tie)

Lauren Kunkel
Poem Title: A Question for the Dead
Saint Joseph High School, Saint Joseph, MI

3rd place

Abigail Cairns
Poem Title: Carcinoma
Gwinn High School, Gwinn, MI

2014-15 Charles Crupi Memorial Poetry Contest Winners

1st place

Sarah Arnett
Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI

2nd place

Maya Segal
Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI

3rd place (tie)

Arzelia Williams
Detroit School of Arts, Detroit, MI

3rd place (tie)

Ellen Zhang
Troy High School, Troy, MI