Our first contest saw works from 87 young poets from 39 cities. The majority of submissions came from Poland, but there was no lack of contestants from Great Britain, Germany, Italy, and the United States. The participants sent in 284 poems. The works represent the broad spectrum of interests of young people, and are characterized by discovering new themes and forms of expression such as rap.
They share the freshness, tenderness, and enthusiasm in dealing with words and form.
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Due to the wide range of ages of the participants, the jury, consisting of:
Prof. Anna Frajilich – Chairwoman, New York
Anna Nasiłowska, Warsaw
Elżbieta Bortkiewicz, Madrid
Yoram Gross, Sydney
formed two categories which awarded the following prizes.
In the category of youths up to 14 years of age:
I. Bianka Gosk – New York
II. Robert Kondzior - New York, and Kasper Kwiatkowski – Klikuszowa
III. Elena Pasquiariello - Italy
The jury awarded a special distinction to the Henryk Sienkiewicz Polish School in Brooklyn, New York.
In the category of youths over 14 years of age:
I. Julia Mika - Bytom
II. Zuzanna Łabanowska - Suwałki
III. Maciej Henryk Modzelewski – Białobrzegi and Katarzyna Wardzyńska - Olsztyn
The jury awarded a special distinction to Ewa Kasiarz from Raba Wyżnej and Mariusz Białkowski from Lubania.
The special Renia Spiegel Award is awarded to Aleksandra Baniak from Uście Gorlickie.
Monetary awards of up to 300 PLN to the first place winners and other prizes – funded by Inglot- for all the winners and distinguished winners will be awarded officially on January 26th 2016, during the observations of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Przemyśl.
The awards will be mailed to the winners who are unable to attend.
The winning and distinguished poems will be published on our webpage and on internet forums interested in Polish poetry.
Thank you to everyone for participating, and congratulations to the winners.
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The Renia Spiegel Foundation organizes a poetry contest named after Renia Spiegel for polish speaking teenagers from around the world. The contest is aimed at youths up to 20 years of age.
The jury consists of literary scholars, and representatives from 3 continents who pick the winners in three categories:
- Youths up to 14 years of age
- Youths up to the age of 20
- Originality - Renia Spiegel Special Award