Poetry Student Madeleine Cravens Wins First Place in Narrative’s Annual Poetry Contest

BY Rebecca Pinwei Tseng, January 5, 2022

Madeleine Cravens, a second-year student in the Poetry concentration, was recently awarded first place in Narrative’s annual poetry contest for her submission of five poems. Her winning poems are available to read on Narrative's website.


Narrative, established in 2003, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a free digital library of literature from celebrated authors and new and emerging writers.


The poetry contest, now in its 13th year, is open to all poets submitting unpublished works that have not been previously chosen as winners, finalists, or honorable mentions in other contests. Narrative winners and finalists have gone on to win Whiting Awards, the Pulitzer Prize, the Pushcart Prize, and be published in The Best American Poetry, Best New Poets, and others. 


Cravens also received first place in the 2020 Narrative "30 Below 30" Contest.


According to Cravens, "The support from Narrative over the past two years has meant so much to me. It's an editorial team that I deeply trust and admire."


Cravens is a Max Ritvo Poetry Fellow at Columbia. She was also a finalist for Frontier's 2020 Antioch Fellowship, a semifinalist for the 92 Street Y’s 2021 Discovery Prize, a finalist for the 2021 Hunger Mountain Ruth Stone Prize, and a runner-up for the Key West Literary Seminar’s 2021 Scott Merrill Award. Her writing can be found or is forthcoming in the Brooklyn Rail, the Florida Review, the Nashville Review, the New Ohio Review, Palette Poetry, and the Washington Square Review, among others. She lives in Brooklyn.