Tom Nattell

2021 Tom Nattell Peace Poetry Prize

The 2021 Tom Nattell Peace Poetry Prize is open to students in all grades at Albany High School

This year’s deadline April 30, 2021

Tom Nattell was born in Albany in 1952 and graduated from Albany High School in 1970.  At his AHS graduation, Tom was awarded a cash prize for his poetry, which encouraged him to continue writing for the rest of his life. The Tom Nattell Peace Poetry Prize was created by Tom before he died as a means to encourage today’s Albany High School students who write poetry. The fund is managed by the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region. The entries will be judged by a member of the Hudson Valley Writers Guild.

Submission Guidelines

  • Original poetry will be accepted from enrolled students at Albany High School, from all grade levels (9 – 12).  Previous winners may submit poems to the contest, but no student may win the prize more than twice.
  • Students may submit up to 3 poems, which should be their own, original work.  Students do not have to write a poem specifically for the contest, or in the style of Tom Nattell’s poetry, but are encouraged to submit their best, most characteristic work.  The judging for the prize will be based on the merits of the poems submitted.
  • The work should be typed without the student’s name on the poem(s); students will submit with the poem(s) a separate sheet with their name, address, email address & the titles of the poems submitted.
  • Poems may be submitted via email as a single document (such as .doc or .docx), or by regular mail.  Send poems to Dan Wilcox, 280 South Main Ave., Albany, NY  12208.  Email submissions to
  • Submissions must be emailed or postmarked by April 30, 2021

For more information contact Dan Wilcox at or 518-482-0262