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Poetry Contest

Poetry contest - 2018 winner

Congratulations to Kanak Gupta, whose poem, "Death in Dubai," won the 2018 Enoch Pratt Free Library / Little Patuxent Review Poetry Contest! "Skinship" by Nancy Kang and "The Exile Speaks of Mountains" by Rachel E. Hicks were runners-up.

The poems were judged anonymously by a panel of Little Patuxent Review judges.

There were 236 poems submitted to the 2018 Poetry Contest, representing 70 cities and towns and 19 counties in Maryland (18 counties plus Baltimore City).

Born in India and raised in Dubai, Kanak (pronounced Kuh-nuck) Gupta is currently trying her luck in Baltimore, as a sophomore at Johns Hopkins University. She likes reading, writing, and living stories and poetry.

Read the winning poem and winners in previous years here. (PDF)

Watch a video of Kanak Gupta reading her winning poem at the CityLit Festival, introduced by Little Patuxent Review editor Steven Leyva.

The winning poem and runners-up will be published in the Summer 2018 issue of Little Patuxent Review and celebrated in a special Pratt Library event on Tuesday, August 21, at 6:30 p.m.