The Charles Crupi Memorial Poetry Contest

Annual Poetry Contest Open to Michigan High School Students

Albion College sponsors an annual 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. All Michigan high school students are eligible to enter. Winners will receive cash prizes ($250, $150, and $100 for the top three entries), and their poems will be published in our national undergraduate journal, The Albion ReviewThere is no cost to enter.  

See contest guidelines and submit your poetry entry here

Crupi Poetry Poster Fall 2018

Congratulations to our winners!

2017-18 Contest Winners

1st Place

Joseph Felkers
Poem title: In Detroit We're Somehow Beautiful
Grand Rapids Catholic Central
Grand Rapids, MI

2nd Place

Eugene Lee
Poem title: Girlhood
Skyline High School
Ann Arbor, MI

3rd Place

Zenah Farhan
Poem title: Cab to Jericho
Saint Joseph High School
Saint Joseph, MI

2016-17 Contest Winners

1st Place

Angelica Parker
Poem title: Splinter
Manton High School, Manton, MI

2nd Place

Ritika Pansare
Poem title: Translation
Grosse Pointe North High School, Grosse Pointe, MI

3rd Place (tie)

Madeline Breay
Poem title: Between Seconds
Grand Rapids Catholic Central, Grand Rapids, MI

3rd Place (tie)

Karolyn DeKam
Poem title: The Man
Western Michigan Christian High School, Norton Shores, MI

2015-16 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