30 NEW YORK CITY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AWARDED $75,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS AT THE 2018 PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE CREATIVE WRITING AWARDS
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30 NEW YORK CITY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AWARDED $75,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS AT
THE 2018 PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE CREATIVE WRITING AWARDS
Sponsored by The Penguin Random House Foundation
Awards Program at Penguin Random House, 1745 Broadway
Friday, June 15, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Chief Executive Officer of Pen America Suzanne Nossel Will Present the Keynote Address
Pantheon/Vintage Author of Good Trouble Joseph O’Neill
2006 Poetry Winner Alumna & YA Author Elizabeth Acevedo
l Present Scholarship Awards to First-Place Winners
New York, NY, June 15, 2018 –Tonight, $75,000 in scholarships will be presented to New York City public high school students who have won 2018 Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards for their original poetry/spoken word, memoir, fiction and graphic-novel compositions. Since 1994, more than $2.6 million dollars has been awarded to students and their schools by Penguin Random House, and previously Random House – through this awards competition.
In this twenty-fifth year for the competition, hundreds of entries were received from a diverse number of public high schools throughout the city’s five boroughs. In recognition of the unique vision and voices of these New York City high school students, each submission to the competition is given individual consideration through a multi-level selection process.
The awards presentation will include dramatic readings, spoken-word poetry, and graphic-novel presentations from a selection of winners. The 2018 first-place $10,000 scholarship winners are:
Regina Fontanelli, Memoir, Edward R. Murrow High School
Yueying Guo, Poetry, Queens High School for the Sciences
Sarah Choi, Fiction & Drama, Benjamin N. Cardozo High School
Grace Wan, Graphic Novel, Bard High School Early College Manhattan
Kadidiatou Diallo, Spoken Word Poetry, Brooklyn Technical High School
Claire von Schilling, Penguin Random House EVP of Corporate Communications said, “At Penguin Random House, we are deeply committed to creating the next generation of writers and readers around the world. This commitment drives everything we do – from the books we promote and publish, to the programs we fund and support – among them, our Creative Writing Awards for New York City public high school students, which this year celebrates a very special 25th anniversary. We congratulate and applaud all of tonight’s young writers.”
The winning high school seniors and their families, along with teachers and publishing industry guests will be joined by Suzanne Nossel, Chief Executive Officer of Pen America; Joseph O’Neill, Pantheon/Vintage Author of Good Trouble; and Elizabeth Acevedo, 2006 Poetry Winner Alumni YA Author.
This year’s judges are Porscha Burke, Manager, Publishing & Associate Editor; Random House; Robert Conte, Graphic Novel Author; Caroline Davidson, Assistant Editor, Poets & Writers Magazine; Haley Davis, Associate, Diversified Sales, Penguin Random House; Bernadette Flanagan, Executive Assistant, Penguin Random House; Richard Hoehler, Writer and Teaching Artist; Deanna Masselli, Lead Analyst, IT, Penguin Random House; Evie Polesny, Writer and Educator; Emily Reardon, Publicity Assistant, Knopf Doubleday; Barbara Rothenberg, President, New York Association of Assistant Principals Supervising English; Sarah Schonfeld, Assistant Editor, Penguin Young Readers; Phillip Stamper-Halpin, Manager, Publishing Development and Author Platforms, Penguin Random House, and Rob Valois, Executive Editor & Director of License Publishing, Penguin Young Readers.
Penguin Random House, the world’s largest trade book publisher, is dedicated to its mission of nourishing a universal passion for reading by connecting authors and their writing with readers everywhere. The company, which employs more than 10,000 people globally, was formed on July 1, 2013, by Bertelsmann and Pearson, who own 53 percent and 47 percent, respectively. With nearly 250 independent imprints and brands on five continents, Penguin Random House comprises adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses in more than 20 countries worldwide, including the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China, India, South Africa, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Portugal, and Uruguay. With over 15,000 new titles, and close to 800 million print, audio and eBooks sold annually, Penguin Random House’s publishing lists include more than 60 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.
For more about the Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards, please visit our website at https://social-impact.penguinrandomhouse.com/.
For photos or copies of this year’s winning entries, email or call Melanie Fallon-Houska.