62 NEW YORK CITY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WIN $115,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS AT THE 2017 PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE CREATIVE WRITING AWARDS
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62 NEW YORK CITY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WIN $115,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS AT
THE 2017 PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE
CREATIVE WRITING AWARDS
Sponsored by The Penguin Random House Foundation
Awards Program at Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of One World Chris Jackson
Executive Director National Book Foundation Lisa Lucas
Author & Contributing Editor of Rolling Stone David Kushner,
Author/Playwright Richard Hoehler
Will Present Scholarship Awards to First-Place Winners
including the Maya Angelou Scholarship Award for Spoken Word Poetry
New York, NY, June 13, 2017 – Since 1994, more than two million dollars have been awarded to students and their schools by Random House, and now Penguin Random House, through this awards competition. The Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards presents $115,000 in scholarships tonight to sixty-two New York City public high school seniors for original poetry/spoken word, memoir, fiction and graphic-novel compositions. 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.
Markus Dohle, Penguin Random House CEO 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 – and is personified no more proudly than in our Creative Writing Program. I congratulate and applaud all of tonight’s young writers.”
In this twenty-fourth year for the competition, more than 1,100 entries were received from a diverse number of public high schools throughout the city’s five boroughs. The awards presentation will include dramatic readings, spoken-word poetry, and graphic-novel presentations from a selection of winners, including this year’s newest $10,000 scholarship recipient of the *Maya Angelou Scholarship Award for Spoken Word Poetry. The 2017 first-place winners are:
Christy Deng, Memoir, Edward R. Murrow High School
Madison Aubey, Poetry, Hunter College High School
Sophia Zhao, Fiction & Drama, Bronx High School of Science
Julissa Salas, Graphic Novel, Hostos Lincoln Academy
*Quameek English, Spoken Word Poetry, Brooklyn Generation School
The winning high school seniors and their families, along with teachers and publishing industry guests will be joined by Chris Jackson, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief for One World (an imprint of Random House); Lisa Lucas, Executive Director for the National Book Foundation; David Kushner author and contributing editor for Rolling Stone; and Richard Hoehler OOBR award-winning actor and author/playwright. The evening will include dramatic readings, spoken-word performances, and a graphic-novel presentation fully produced by Penguin Random House.
Among this year’s judges are Penguin Young Readers Executive Editor Rob Valois; and Villard Books author Janice Erlbaum. The complete list of judges is: Robert V. Conte, Graphic Novel Author; Haley Davis, Associate Diversified Sales, Penguin Random House; Sean Geary, National Accounts Manager/Club Channel, Penguin Random House; Erin Gruwell, Broadway Author, President, Freedom Writers Foundation; Lauren Helms, Team Coordinator, DK; Richard Hoehler, Actor, Writer &Teaching Artist; Rob Holden, Associate Sales, Penguin Random House; Dana Isokawa, Assistant Editor, Poets & Writers Magazine; Evelyn Polesny, Writer, Educator & Actress; Megha Jain, eBook Production Editor, Berkley; Deanna Masselli, Lead Analyst, Tech Admin, Penguin Random House; Areva Ragle, Senior Production Designer, DK; Natalie Riera, Senior Manager, Digital Workflow, Penguin Random House; Barbara Rothenberg, President, New York City Association Principals Supervising English; Samantha Seerman, eBook Production Manager, Knopf & Crown; Phillip Stamper, Manager, Publishing Development & Author Platforms.
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.