The Ontario Poetry Society
- Arborealis Prize for Poetry 2016 -

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Members' Poetry







Open to all poets living in Canada

First Prize $250 - Second Prize $150 - Third Prize $100
Two - $50 Honourable Mention Awards
Five - $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 life.
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 ability
to replicate the nuance and cadence of everyday speech
so that the delicacy of his imagery is also fraught with the wrath of hardship.

Entry Fee
$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Poems must be unpublished and not sent elsewhere.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.

Blind Judging:
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 May 31/16
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 April Bulmer