2021 Power of the Pen Winners

Power of the Pen Creative Writing Contest Award Winners 2021 book, beside a gold cup trophy of similar size

Congratulations to the Awardees

Poetry

Age 12

1st - Tahreem Butt, The Thing About Time

Age 13

1st - Jonathan Middleton, The Campfire

2nd - Ella Meyer, Perception

Honourable Mention:

  • Shuaib Hadi, Default skin Clerihew poem

Age 14

1st - Leyna Burke, Who am I?

2nd - Hridya Rajesh, Never Equal

Honourable Mentions:

  • Cynthia Schaefer, Colours
  • Alethea Hindra, Whispers

Age 15

1st - Len Lu, My contributions to the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

2nd - Joshua Middleton, Technophobia

Honourable Mentions:

  • Isabella Gomez, In These Halls
  • Olivia Gringhuis, afterimage
  • Abigail Van Raalte, My Grandpa’s Beauty
  • Gladys Kozyra, Self-worth

Age 16

1st - Casey Kisielewski, night(time)
*Young Poet Award co-winner (awarded by the Hamilton Association for the Advancement of Literature Science and Art)

2nd - Yasmin Amin, Brown Eyes and Tea

Honourable Mentions:

  • Sarah Reid, Lingering Sometime
  • Maryam Jamil, brown ink

Age 17

1st - Madison Barlow, told to keep the name they never asked for – dedicated to the Residential school victims

2nd - Erin Lou, You and Crake and the Dancing Children

Honourable Mention: 

  • Anna Hurnanen, The Dreamer & The Mountain

Age 18

1st Kristen Van Kampen, Giraffes for Tea
*Young Poet Award co-winner (awarded by the Hamilton Association for the Advancement of Literature Science and Art)

2nd Daisy Li, November Before November


Poetry (French)

1st - Natalie Begley, Saga du Sang Blanc et Autrement

2nd - Abby Ciona, La fin de l’été


Short Story

Age 12

1st Coen Dignan, Man’s Last Stand

2nd Clay Schulz, Judgement Day

Age 13

1st - Hannah Zatingh, Our First Winter

2nd - Evelyn Davenport, Nayla

Honourable Mention:

  • Hana Hvezda, The Bus Stop

Age 14

1st - Ana Kovacevic, Guilty as Charged

2nd - Olivia Belrose, The Wanderer

Honourable Mentions:

  • Althea Hindra, The Puzzling Disappearance
  • Maia Whitman, In the Dark

Age 15

1st - Zoe Smith, Never Safe
*Maitland Banting Silver Quill honourable mention (awarded by the Hamilton Association for the Advancement of Literature Science and Art)

2nd - Len Lu, Dear Aaron
*Maitland Banting Silver Quill honourable mention (awarded by the Hamilton Association for the Advancement of Literature Science and Art)

Age 16

1st - Sarah Reid, Dusty Memories

2nd - Kezia Hart, The Heist

Honourable Mention:

  • Casey Kisielewski, Thing/Story/Criminal

Age 17

1st - Anna Hurnanen, Nameless

2nd - Madison Barlow, the first time i experienced therapy was when i was twelve years old

Honourable Mention:

  • Vanessa Koens, The Opposites

Age 18

1st - Daisy Li, The Lights We See

2nd - Natalie Begley, I Am Afraid of Virginia Woolf
*Maitland Banting Silver Quill Award winner (awarded by the Hamilton Association for the Advancement of Literature Science and Art)

Honourable Mention:

  • Sarah Walker, Weight


Short Story (French)

1st - Casey Kisielewski, La Lune

2nd - Abby Ciona, Le tamia et la boulangère-pâtissière


HAALSA Young Poet's Award:

Kristen Van Kampen, Giraffes for Tea

Casey Kisielewski, night(time)

Maitland Banting Silver Quill Award:

Natalie Begley, I Am Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Honourable Mentions:

  • Zoe Smith, Never Safe
  • Len Lu, Dear Aaron

For previous years, please visit the Local History & Archives Department at the 3rd floor of the Central Library.