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Our Mission Statement: To provide a poetry-friendly place for everyone.

Membership in TOPS

carries many benefits which include:

Verse Afire our tri-annual newsletter, includes members’ poems,
articles on the craft, contests, markets, member news, chapbook reviews,
event information, plus a whole lot more.

TOPS hosts poetry reading events around the province,
contests, poetry anthology projects and lots of opportunities
to meet and get to know more about your fellow poets.


Get to know us
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~ CURRENT EVENTS ~
Go to Events page for more events

See 2015 Member of the Year Award Winner

Ringo Starr Peace & Love poetry reading - July 7, 2016

Cafe Cuba Book Launch - July 10, 2016

The Sultry Summer Poetry Gathering - London, Aug. 21, 2016
Autumn Harvest Poetry gathering - Oakville, Oct, 30. 2016

The Winter WarmUp Poetry Fest - Toronto, Nov. 27, 2016

~ ANTHOLOGIES ~
The EnCompass Anthology Series - Read about EnCompass I, II & III



Memory and Loss Anthology - June 15, 2016

University of Regina Poetry Submission - Sept. 15, 2016

The Picture Perfect Poetry Chapbook Anthology Contest _Sept 30, 2016

Open Heart 11 Poetry Competition - Dec. 25, 2016
Transitory Tango - Anthology - March 15, 2017

~ CURRENT CONTESTS ~
Go to Contest page for more contests

Contest Rule for Prize Winning Poems

Whistler Independent Book Awards

Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest - June 30, 2016

Eden Mills Literary Contest - June 30, 2016

The Epic Proportions Poetry Contest - Sept. 30, 2016

Ultra Short Poem Competition - Oct. 30, 2016

~ COMPLETED CONTESTS / ANTHOLOGIES ~

Malahat Review's Far Horizons Poetry Award - May 1, 2016 - Closed

The Poeteer Award Members only - May 31, 2016 - Closed

CBC Poetry prize contest - May 31, 2016 - Closed

The Banister Poetry Anthology - May 31, 2016 - Closed

Latchkey Lyricality Anthology - March 31, 2016 - Closed

Clean as a Whistle Poetry Contest - March 31, 2016 - Winners

Open Heart 10 Poetry Competition - Dec. 25, 2015 - Winners

The Ultra Short Poem Contest - Oct. 30, 2015 - Winners

Food for Thought Contest - Sept 30, 2015 - Winners

The Golden Grassroots Chapbook Contest - July 31, 2015 - Winners

The Picture Perfect Poetry Chapbook Anthology Contest _June 30, 2015 - Winners

The Poeteer Award - May 31, 2015 - Winners List

Clean as a Whistle Contest - March 31, 2015 - Winners List

I.B. Iskov Receives Honorary Life Membership in TOPS
Bunny Iskov Wins Rave Award
TOPS Member Opens Writer's Retreat


Platinum Poet Tree Series
Perfect Bound Books by Beret Days Press


The Ontario Poetry Society Mandate
The Ontario Poetry Society was founded to create a democratic organization
for members to unite in camaraderie, friendship, emotional support and
encouragement in all aspects of poetry, including writing, performing and publishing.