The Helen Creeley Student Poetry Prize

Helen Creeley was Robert Creeley’s older sister and his much admired first mentor. As a high school student in Acton, she won national prizes for her poetry.

The Helen Creeley Student Poetry Prize honors one or two Massachusetts public or private high school students each year. Even if you go to an out-of-state school, if you live in Massachusetts you can enter the competition.

The Helen Creeley Prize winners receive not only a monetary prize, but also the honor to open for the winner of the Robert Creeley Award at both the renowned poet's evening, public audience, and also the poet's morning presentation to their fellow high school students.

Submit poems here: Link to the submission form for 2018

The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2018


2018 Malia Chung Milton Academy and Jocelyn Shen Phillips Academy
2017 Emma Crockford Rising Tide Charter High School and Claudia Inglessis Buckingham Browne & Nichols
2016 Alma Bitran Brookline High School and Samantha Mackertich Walnut Hill School for the Arts
2015 Nicole Blackwood Newburyport High School and Sequoia LeBreux Mohawk Trail Regional High School
2014 Talin Tahajian Belmont High School
2013 Charina Hanley ABRHS and Talin Tahajian Belmont High School
2012 Soubhik Barari ABRHS and Alessandra Davy-Falconi Boston University Academy
2011 Soubhik Barari ABRHS and Emily Sager ABRHS
2010 Andy Vo Boston Latin and Melanie Wang Wayland High School
2009 Kaila Guilmet ABRHS and Anna Cataldo Concord-Carlisle
2008 Michael Bottari ABRHS and Peter Boskey Concord Academy
2007 Brendan Fitzmaurice ABRHS