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Sister Maura Eichner Award for Young Poets

Named in honor of poet, teacher and alumna, Maura Eichner, SSND '41, Notre Dame's prestigious award celebrates aspiring young female poets nationwide.

About the Competition

The competition is conducted annually and open to all young women, ages 14-18, who are enrolled in a secondary school in the U.S. The first prize winner receives $500. Prizes are also be awarded for second place ($300) and third place ($100). All winners have their poems featured in Damozel, Notre Dame's literary magazine.

Read the full remarks of our contest judge and the winning poems.

2013-2014 Eichner Awards for Young Poets

Hanel Baveja 2013-2014 Eichner Awards WinnerFirst Prize

Hanel Baveja from Huron High School in Ann Arbor, MI, for her poem “The Concavity of Checkmate.”

A.E. Stallings, Contest Judge: “Prose poems aren’t usually my cup of tea, so I think it says a lot that this one came in first for me. Images immediately lodged into my memory and whole lines surprised me…”

Second Prize

Jennifer Hu from McDonogh School in Owings Mills, MD, for her poem “Waiting Room Ballade.”

Third Prize

Sally McFadden from Towson High School in Towson, MD, for her poem “Purple Haze.”

Honorable Mentions

Claire Nakazawa from McDonogh School in Owings Mills, MD, for her poem “The Disappeared.”

Margaret Follet from Acton-Boxborough Regional High School in Acton, MA, for her poem “Stain.”

Semifinalists (in alphabetical order):

Elena Bolgiano Notre Dame Prep, Baltimore, MD
Helen Galvin Ross Towson High School, Towson, MD
Amanda Gaylord Yorktown High School, Arlington, VA
Emily Geritz Notre Dame Prep, Baltimore, MD
Richa Gode Hunter College High School, New York, NY
Margaret Herr Notre Dame Prep, Baltimore, MD
Stephanie Hsu Mission San Jose High School, Fremont, CA
Anna Kingsbury Towson High School, Towson, MD
Victoria Laboz York Preparatory School, New York, NY
Marissa Luca Egg Harbor Township High School, Egg Harbor, NJ
Molly McDaniel Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI
Natachi Mez Franklin High School, Elk Grove, CA
Heather Seyler Towson High School, Towson, MD
Deanna Stephen Mercy High School, Baltimore, MD
Aletheia Wang (homeschooled), Goleta, CA

A.E. Stallings, 2013-14 Eichner Award Judge


A.E. Stallings is an American writer who has lived in Greece since 1999. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in such journals as The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, The New Yorker, and the TLS. She is widely anthologized (including in the Best of the Best America Poetry and The Open Door: 100 poems from 100 years of Poetry Magazine.) Her most recent collection, Olives, was a finalist for the National Book Critics' Circle award. She has received fellowships from the NEA, United States Artists, the Guggenheim Foundation and the MacArthur foundation.