Announcing the Winners of the 2018 Robert Frost Poetry Contest

Awards Ceremony Location: 533 Eaton Street

The Studios of Key West is pleased to announce the 2018 winners of the Robert Frost Poetry Contest for Children and Teens. Merit awards, certificates, and prizes will be awarded, and participants with winning entries will be publicly recognized at a special ceremony on Saturday, May 5 at 2pm at The Studios of Key West at 533 Eaton Street.

Through funds established by the Jeane and Jessie Porter Fund at the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys, The Studios is proud to administer a special component of this contest. Jeane Porter was especially committed to encouraging young writers, and supported the Poetry in Schools contest in Monroe County.

The judges:

Janelle Barrera taught in the Key West Public Schools and now tutors students. She has published poetry in magazines/journals but her interest now lies in seeing that children are given an opportunity to discover the creative genius within, whether it be through writing or some other genre.

Donna Weinstock was a first-grade teacher for 27 years in Chicago, California, and Gainesville, and Key West.


Robert Frost Poetry Contest Winners (age group 6-12)


First Place: Pavel Ivan (age 12)
The Beginning of Life

Second Place: Cinthia Sancho (age 11)
Ducks and My Brother

Third Place: Janie Sperry (age 9)

Honorable Mentions: (in no particular order)

George Febus (age 12)
The One to Light the Sky

Hunter White (age 11)
Our Veterans Are Heroes

Caludia Polizze (age 6)
Claudia and Butterfly

Carlie Hamlin (age 7)
Climbing Trees

Robert Frost Poetry Contest Winners (age group 13-18)


First Place: Carly Neilson (age 17)
Ordinary to the City

Second Place: Marina Doyle (age 12)
& Aliyah Gonzalez (age 13)

Third Place: Jonathan Bahri (age 13)
My Place

Honorable Mentions: (in no particular order)

Zoe Hays (age 13)

Gwen Gaines (age 13)
If I See You Again

Dharma Murray (age 13)

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