Prize Poetry

The Pongo Poetry Prize

Pongo is proud to present the winners of the Pongo Poetry Prize! This prize is presented quarterly to a poem by a youth that is submitted on the Pongo web site. The prize winner also receives a $100 award.


Pongo Poetry Prize - October 2016

Winner
You Were the First Person
(a transgender young man swings a powerful blow of resilience against his abuser)

Honorable Mention
Please No Inappropriate Things
The City That Never Sleeps Part Two
A Book

 

Pongo Poetry Prize - July 2016

Winner
I Hope
(a dynamic and uplifting poem of hope, with metaphoric brilliance)

Honorable Mention
The City That Never Sleeps
Where I Come From
Think About a Life Without Sadness


Pongo Poetry Prize - April 2016

Winner
Letter After a Time
(a courageous, yearning poem after the death of a child) 

Honorable Mention
Relearning
I Just Thought You Should Know
Letter Out of Darkness 

 

Pongo Poetry Prize - January 2016

Winner
Didn't Ask
(a young woman's reflection on the unexpected value of being different)

Honorable Mention
Strength!
Untitled.
I Can't


Pongo Poetry Prize - October 2015

Winner

How to Draw a Home
(a young woman's journey through sexual abuse to healing)


Honorable Mention
We Kiss Our Pens to Paper
A Walk In My Shoes
We Are



Pongo Poetry Prize - July 2015

Winner
Waiting for Superman

(a young woman’s realization of her vulnerabilities and immense strength)

Honorable Mention
My Recovery
Where Am I?
Dear Brother

 

Pongo Poetry Prize - April 2015

Winner
Did Any of Them Ever Hear?
(a young woman’s disillusionment with appearances.)

Honorable Mention
Anger Poem #1
Running
Please Don’t

 

Pongo Poetry Prize - January 2015

Winner

Letter to Myself: Forgiveness
(A young woman's wisdom about the healing power of self-forgiveness)

Honorable Mentions
Building Safety
She Didn't Mean to Say Goodbye
My Confidant

 

Pongo Prize - October 2014

Winner
This Is What You Meant To Me
(A young woman's beautiful elegy for her father)

Honorable Mentions
Melancholy Friends
You Don't Know Me
Girl With the Scars

 

Pongo Prize - July 2014

Winner
That Girl
(A young woman's poem about being isolated, being "that girl")

Honorable Mentions
Grief
Papa
Home to Me

Pongo Prize - April 2014

Winner
That Unmistakable Sadness
(A young woman's poem about trying to leave sadness)

Honorable Mentions
A Blue River
Who I Am
Walk One Mile in My Shoes

Pongo Prize - January 2014

Winner
Addicted
(A young woman's poem about crystal meth and her cloud of feelings)  

Honorable Mentions
Words of Wisdom
That Last Step
Girl with the Scars

Pongo Prize - October 2013

Winner 
i thought that they needed me 
(A young woman's poem to the people who sexually exploit her)

Honorable Mentions 
Insanity  
A Walk with You  
My HATE 

Pongo Prize - July 2013

Winner 
Ten Reasons to Love Me  
(A young woman's poem about all the love she has to share)

Honorable Mentions 
You Don't Know Me  
Letter After a Time (#3)  
Lessons of Courage and Fear (#2)

Pongo Prize - April 2013

Winner 
Violated 
(A young woman's poem about the enduring terror after being abused)

Honorable Mentions
Masks and Colors 
Letter After a Time (#2) 
I Just Thought You Should Know 

Pongo Prize - January 2013

Winner
If My Fist Could Speak #4
(A young woman's poem to the person who bullies her)

Honorable Mentions
Girl with the Scars #3
Running #2
Offend You? 

Pongo Prize - October 2012

Winner
If God Were Looking at My Life #3
(A young woman's poem about trying to be herself, someone who isn't afraid)

Honorable Mentions
Cry My Stress-Tears at Night
To Be Me
That First Apple  

 

Pongo Prize - July 2012

Winner
Where I Come From (#4)
(A young man's poem that contains many feelings about the world and family in which he grew up)

Honorable Mentions
If My Fist Could Speak (#3)
This Is Who You Are to Me (#3)
The Way You Sang


Pongo Prize - April 2012

Winner
I'm Non-Replaceable
(A young woman's poem about trying to deal with her parents and also find herself)

Honorable Mentions
Where I Come From (#3)
Empty Body
This Is Who You Are to Me (#2)


Pongo Prize - January 2012

Winner
I Will Always Love You
( A young woman's poem about always loving her mom, in spite of feeling a little disappointed in her.)

Honorable Mentions
Innocence
Gasoline
She Stalks Every Movement 


Pongo Prize - July 2011

Winner
TRAPPED
(A young woman's poem about being afraid, hiding, and feeling trapped in an abusive home)

Honorable Mentions
Ruin and Effort
Another Child With Nothing
I'm Still Breathing


Pongo Prize - April 2011

Winner
Lessons of Courage and Fear
(A young woman's poem about courage and fear after sexual abuse)

Honorable Mentions
Nightmare
Sometimes I Feel
Trapped Inside

  
Pongo Prize - January 2011

Winner
Strength
(A young woman's poem that shows how the ocean waves of emotion that threaten to overwhelm us can also be our strength)

Honorable Mentions
Letter After a Time
Captured in Hiding
Lessons of Courage and Fear

  
Pongo Prize - October 2010

Winner
Watching Her
(A young woman's poem about watching her mother struggle with addiction)

Honorable Mentions
Memory
My Best Friend Is in Love
Addiction


Pongo Prize - July 2010

Winner
What It Really Is 
(A young woman's poems to a guy who treats her badly.)

Honorable Mentions
Just Imagine
Scarred
Romantic Rain

  
Pongo Prize - April 2010

Winner
Addicted
(A young woman's poem about sex and the deep need for love.)

Honorable Mentions
The Sick Boy
Emotions Lost in a Musician's Fingertips
Thanks to Mom