Recess Time by Sarah Henderson, Winner of Elementary School Poetry Write-Ahead Contest

Below is the winner of our Elementary Poetry Write-Ahead Contest, Recess Time by Sarah Henderson. The competition prompt asked students to consider how “slides, swings, and monkey bars, literary devices are a writer’s playground. Write a poem about an actual playground using as many literary devices as you can.”

Recess Time
by Sarah Henderson

When the bell beckons for kids
to come outside, Kids run for
the monkey bars
and the spiral slide. 

Kids run around blowing off
their steam, Kids start a
kickball game and they start
picking the team. 

Kids play on the jungle gym
round and round they go,
Kids have fun they even
say so. 

Kids are excited to
escape from school,
When it’s recess time
they make their own rule. 

Recess is the best
part of the day. Kids
enjoy it they go their
own way. 

The field is full, so is
the jungle gym, Balls
are bouncing off the
basketball rim. 

People seek
some people hide,
Darn, it’s time to
come inside!

Sarah Henderson is a 5th Grader at Hammond Elementary. She attended I.C.E. Writers North Tampa camp this past summer. On the day of 2019 TBAWP Youth Writers Conference, she was also the runner-up in the Write-On Poetry competition.

ICE Alum Heads to National Slam Competition

Alexis Perno has been coming to ICE camps for YEARS. In addition to being an all-star young journalist at Plant HS (recently awarded Best of the Best for “Short Story and Illustration” and Third Place for “On-the-Spot Press Conference” among other honors by the Florida State Press Association), she has made the Heard Em Say Brave New Voices Slam Poetry Team, a group of Tampa’s best young performance poets.
They will be traveling to Houston in July for the National Conference and competition.
If anyone is interested in supporting Alexis and this group of amazing young people, you can donate to their GoFundMe.

Former I.C.E., Current W.I.N.D. Participant Wins 3rd at Hillsborough County Poetry Jam

Jordyn Dees, winner of the 2016 Risky Writing Award, has once again earned accolades with her poem “To The Girl Who Feels Powerless.” After taking first place at the Steinbrenner High School Poetry Jam, she went on to compete in the district Poetry Jam where she claimed the 3rd place title. Way to go Jordyn! You can watch the poem here. Video courtesy of Steinbrenner’s Lit Mag The Echo.

I.C.E. Writer Sarah Frank Publishes Novel

I.C.E. Writer Alum of many years and current Blake High School Creative Writing student Sarah Frank has published a novel! All those summers spent writing have really paid off. “Once Chance” is a middle grade books (4th-7th) and follows Sandy, Brian and the other orphans as they head off on a time travel adventure with the magical Stone of Discedo. Journey back in time to Ford’s Theatre, the Titanic, and Pearl Harbor as part of their quest to find out why Sandy’s parents abandoned her.

“Time can be a tricky thing. If you get lost, you don’t come back. If you get killed, you can’t change it. If you mess with it, not even your family will remember your name, because you’re lost in time forever.”

Sarah’s books is available for order here:

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$25.45 delivered Hardcover:

You can also follow her on Instagram at @SarahFrankAuthor and like her Facebook page at

ICE Alum Recognized

Alexis Perno has been attending ICE Writers for years. Her infectious smile and serious talent have always wowed us and it’s been a joy to watch her grow as a young lady and a writer.  Her most recent achievement: having her poem “The Song of the Hands” featured in the Florida Sentinel Bulletin. Good job, Alexis!