23rd Annual Youth Poetry Awards


Poems on Red Staircase

On May 26, 2022 the Cambridge Public Library celebrated the 23rd year of the Youth Poetry Awards with readings from this year’s winning poets at the Main Library. The 54 winning poems were selected from among nearly 800 entries from K-8 students in 24 public and private schools in Cambridge. Each winner received a certificate and a poetry collection. We are grateful to the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library which has funded the prizes for this program for many years.

Following are this year’s winning poems, in order as they were presented at the program. Congratulations to all who entered. We look forward to seeing your poems next year!


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