Eugene Tibbs, a junior at Landon School and a resident of Arlington, Va., received first prize in the 2022 Gaithersburg Book Festival Poetry Contest for High School Students for his poem “Reflections of the Delta.”
Second prize went to Rockville, Md. resident Allison Xu, a sophomore at Walter Johnson High School, for “sky lanterns“, which was also selected as a fan favorite, based on a vote on the festival website. Lucy Collins, a resident of Columbia, Md., and junior at Archbishop Spalding High Schoolreceived third prize for “The Exodus of Icarus.”
The prizes for the first, second and third place winners were $250, $100 and $50, respectively. The fan-favorite winner received $25.
Local poet Gregory Luce, who judged the competition, announced the Festival’s first three winners on May 21.
“The talent and dedication to writing these poems was both impressive and encouraging,” Luce said. “Being able to witness the arrival of a new generation of poets is a remarkable and joyful experience.”
To be eligible for the poetry contest, students had to be enrolled in grades 9 through 12 in a public or private school, or be in a home-schooling program, for the 2020-21 school year. Additionally, entrants had to reside in Maryland, Virginia, or the District of Columbia.
About the Gaithersburg Book Festival
The Gaithersburg Book Festival is an annual celebration of books, writers, and literary excellence. One of the premier literary events in the Washington, D.C. metro area, the 2022 Festival took place Saturday, May 21 at Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm (506 S. Frederick Ave.) in Gaithersburg, Md. The Gaithersburg Book Festival is sponsored in part by the David and Mikel Blair Family Foundation, Shady Grove Universities, Asbury Methodist Village, Web Mobile Image, C-SPAN Book TV and Washington Parent, and is hosted in partnership with Politics & Prose Bookstore, Montgomery County Public Schools, Washington Independent Review of Books, Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce, Homewood Suites and Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton, Rio, and Dawson’s Market. The Gaithersburg Book Festival also hosts author events in Montgomery County throughout the year to encourage lifelong appreciation of all things literary. For more information, please visit www.gaithersburgbookfestival.orgFollow us on twitter @GburgBookFest or like us on Facebook.