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 Review. There is no cost to enter. All submissions should be sent in via Submittable.

Contest guidelines and submit your poetry

Charles Crupi Memorial Poetry Contest.  Submit Up To 3 Original Poems. Winning Entries Published in The Albion Review Literary Journal.

Congratulations to our winners!

2021-2022 Contest Winners Toggle Accordion

1st place

Ray Zhang
Poem Title: “My grandma hands me a jade pendant”
Troy High School, Troy, MI

2nd place (tie)

Neva Ensminger-Holland
Poem Title: “Please Remind My Mother It’s Not My Fault”
Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI

2nd place (tie)

Avery Gendler
Poem Title: “Anthem”
Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI

3rd Place (tie)

Alana Voglewede
Poem title: “Car Conversations with My Sister”
St. Joseph High School, St. Joseph, MI

3rd Place (tie)

Emily Watson
Poem title: “My First Panic Attack in the Art Hallway Bathroom, First Stall”
St. Joseph High School, St. Joseph, MI

2020-2021 Contest Winners Toggle Accordion

1st Place

Sara Carmichael
Poem title: “Child with Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park, N.Y.C., 1962”
Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI

2nd Place

Maia Siegel
Poem title: “Evangelical Mothers and their Daughters Huddle Around My Fourteen-Year-Old Mouth, Shining a Flashlight Into it to Show What it Looks Like When You Kiss a Boy Before Marriage”
Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI

3rd Place (tie)

Bea Craig
Poem title: “The Language of Evesham”
St. Joseph High School, St. Joseph, MI

Sylvia Park
Poem title: “California Wildfires”
St. Joseph High School, St. Joseph, MI

2019-2020 Contest Winners Toggle Accordion

1st Place

Maia Siegel
Poem title: “New Years Eve in a Basement Outside Lake Success, Long Island”
Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI

2nd Place

Charlotte Howald
Poem title: “Noah’s Ark in a Divorce Court”
Saginaw Arts & Sciences Academy, Saginaw, MI

3rd Place (tie)

Tatiana Gross
Poem title: “You and Love Are Two Separate Concepts”
Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI

Zoe Paskewicz
Poem title: “teeth”
Kenowa Hills High School, Grand Rapids, MI

2018-19 Contest Winners Toggle Accordion

1st Place

Darius Atefat-Peckham
Poem title: “Against Tombs”
Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI

2nd Place

Shira Haus
Poem title: “October 27, 2018”
Kalamazoo Central High School, Kalamazoo, MI

3rd Place

Sophie Paquette
Poem title: “Virgin”
Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI

2017-18 Contest Winners Toggle Accordion

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 Toggle Accordion

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 Toggle Accordion

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