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May 24, 2019

Congratulations are due to two St. Stephen's Creative Writing students, whose poems have been recognized in the 28th annual Keats-Shelley House Poetry Prize Competition.

10th grader Leila El Zabri won First Place for her poem, "Selene." 11th grader Isabella Todini received Special Commendation for her poem, "Scrape and Scrabble." Leila and Isabella will attend the awards ceremony at the Keats-Shelley House on Friday, 24 May. This year, the Keats-Shelley House received more than 1000 entries from many parts of Italy, as well as a handful from abroad. The competition consists of 6 categories altogether (5-9 years old, 10-13 years old, and 14-18 years old; each level both in English and in Italian), and our two Creative Writing students "swept" the English-language, high school students' category. Competition judge Jackie Kay, award-winning poet and current Scottish “makar” (Poet Laureate), spoke very highly of the girls’ work.

This is the fourth year in a row in which St. Stephen's Creative Writing students have excelled in this prestigious competition. 

Click to read "Selene" and "Scrape and Scrabble".