The Mattie J.T. Stepanek Poetry Award 2022 Winners

“A heartsong doesn’t have to be a song. It can be your message, your feeling—some people might even call it a conscience. Even though that’s not really what it is. It’s what you feel you need to do.” - Mattie J.T. Stepanek

"Artsongs" - a portrait of Mattie Stepanek and Micah
Credit: by Karen Derrico

Adult Music - Joint 1st Place

I Love You In The Morning by Paul McClure

Produced by:Paul McClure

It's Heroic To Be Human by Martha Magee

I dedicate this song entry to my hero, Mattie JT Stepanek

Adult Poetry  - Joint 1st Place

Quang Hue Chau

By: Hanh Chau

Another Vision

By: Cheikh Darou Seck

High School - Ist Place

To the unknown artists who remind us of our humanity, tie ribbons around bombs of truth, and create sanctuaries of tranquility amidst storms--this poem honors your path.

By: Lauren Young

Middle School - Joint 1st Place

A Great Hero
By: Chiara Reedha


By: Mohameth Niane

Elementary School - 1st Place

We Are A World of Children

By: First Grade Scholars at Furlow Charter School


Africa by Deguene Ndiaye
By: Deguene Ndiaye
Yeonmi Park
By: Ashley Tsai
Abraham Nickin
By: Michel Nickin
Desmond Tutu
By: Isaac Mackinnon
overlooked heroes
By: Hannah Wilcox
By: Nathan Harper

See all the finalists HERE

Enter the 2023 contest NOW. Deadline June 1st 2023.

Mattie Stepanek Poetry Contest
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