Open to all poets living in Canada
First Prize $200 - Second Prize $150 - Third
Two - $50 Honourable Mention Awards
Two - $25 Judge's Choice Awards
All prize winning entries plus up to 50
additional Runners Up will be published in
Arborealis, our perfect bound anthology of Canadian contemporary poetry.
All poets whose work is selected for the book will receive one free
copy of the anthology.
Theme - The People's Poetry Tradition:
Milton Acorn's poetry defines the People's Poetry Tradition. Subtle
in his emotions,
his power and directness come from images drawn from everyday island
Dedicated to the class struggle, Acorn peopled his poems with working
men and women
of the visage of Canada, and paid unceasing tribute to their suffering,
their humble crafts and their utter reliability.
With an authentic working-class voice, Acorn's poetry reflects the uncanny
to replicate the nuance and cadence of everyday speech
so that the delicacy of his imagery is also fraught with the wrath of
$20 for up to 4 poems. Additional poems $5 each.
There is no limit to the number of submissions per poet.
Rules and Guidelines:
All styles welcome in the People's Poetry Tradition.
Poems must be unpublished and not sent elsewhere.
Poems not to exceed 72 lines and the stanza breaks count as lines.
The poem title does not count, nor does the space between the title
and the first line of the poem.
Author's name is not to appear anywhere on the same page(s) as the poem(s),
back or front.
Kindly attach a cover page with author's name, complete contact information
and poem title(s) or first line(s) if no title(s).
Entries to be post marked on or before Nov. 2, 2018
Send submissions with contest entry fee payable to
The Ontario Poetry Society
#710 - 65 Spring Garden Ave.,
Toronto, Ontario M2N 6H9
Contest Judge and Compiler is John B. Lee