Open to Everyone
Deadline extended to April 30, 2015
First Prize: $100
Second Prize: $75
Third Prize: $50
20 Judge's Choice Awards
All Prize winning poems to be published in a chapbook anthology.
Every winner will receive one free copy for every poem selected for
Every winner to receive a beautiful award certificate.
Cash prizes paid in Canadian Dollars only.
Rules and Guidelines:
Poems are to be no longer than 36 lines and the spaces between the stanza
count as lines.
Poems with extra wide lines that need to be broken to fit the poem on
the page are not accepted.
Poem title and space between the poem title and the body of the poem
do not count as lines.
All styles welcome on the following themes:
We invite you to submit poems on the subject of hygiene. Poems on soaps,
aftershaves, toothpastes and other toiletries will be considered. Poems
that describe bathtubs, showers
and other locations for washing will be welcome. Personal rituals, reactions
and responses to the pleasure
and comfort associated with washing in general will be happily received
by the judge, as well as the
daily burden it might create. In contrast, please also send poems on
poor grooming and its implications,
or poems associated with discomfort of any kind especially illness and
other physical complaints.
Poems also accepted which elaborate on cleaning other items including
automobiles, windows, dishes,
floors, clothing (laundry day), bathtubs and toilets. Also "cleaning
house" and all of the associations
that go with that: cleaning up problems in your life, doing an attitude
adjustment, out with the old -
in with the new, making a fresh start, looking at things in a fresh
way, getting off drugs, joining AA.
Poems may be previously published but no previous contest winning poems
No author I.D. to be anywhere on the same page as the poem, front or
Include a separate cover page with author name, complete postal mailing
including Apt. # and postal (or zip) code, tel. number, e-mail (if possible)
and poem titles or first lines of poems if no titles.
April 30th, 2015
Contest Entry Fee:
1 poem for $5 or 3 poems for $10
There is no limit to the number of submissions per poet.
Send submission with payment by cheque or personal money order to
The Ontario Poetry Society,
#710 - 65 Spring Garden Ave.,
Toronto, Ont. M2N 6H9
Enclose a #10 s.a.s.e. (self-addressed stamped envelope) for the winners
and you will also receive a $1 coupon to be used for a future T.O.P.S.
Contest results will be posted on our website at www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca
Contest Judge is April Bulmer