Open to Everyone
First Prize - $200 Second Prize - $150 Third
Prize - $100 Fourth Prize - $50
plus up to 55 Honourable Mention Awards
All cash prizes paid in Canadian funds.
All 59 prize winners receive a fancy certificate
plus one copy of the anthology per poem published in the book.
All entrants to receive one complimentary copy of the anthology.
Rules and Guidelines:
Themes on poems of conscience to include anti-Semitism, racism, homophobia,
ageism, discrimination, oppression, environmental destruction, man's
inhumanity to man.
All styles welcome - Free Verse, Rhyme,
There is no limit to the number of submissions.
Poems to be no longer than 36 lines and the spaces between the stanzas
count as lines.
Poem titles do not count in the line total.
To be submitted on white 8 ½ x 11 letter size paper, on one side
of the page only.
No author name to be anywhere on the same page as the poem, back or
Fonts preferred are Arial #12 and Times New Roman #12.
Poems must be unpublished and not sent elsewhere.
A cover page must be included with the submission which includes Author
name, complete mailing address,
phone number and e-mail along with a vertical list of poem titles
or first lines if no poem titles.
Entry fee: $20 for up to 4 poems / $5 for
each additional poem.
Deadline: Poems to be post-marked on / or before April 30, 2021.
Enclose a #10 s.a.s.e. for the winners' list & gift of a $1 off
coupon for another T.O.P.S. contest.
Submissions: Send with entry fee payable
Attn: I.B. Iskov, Contest Coordinator,
#710 - 65 Spring Garden Ave., Toronto, Ontario M2N 6H9
Contest Judge: George Elliott Clarke4th
Poet Laureate of Toronto (2012 - 15),
7th Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada (2016 - 17), recipient of
the Order of Nova Scotia and the Order of Canada
as well as the Governor-General's award for Poetry, along with other
numerous prestigious awards.
Artwork for the front cover is being considered.
Submit post card size illustration(s) to the above mailing address
with your complete contact information on the back of the print.
The selected artist will receive a $50 Honorarium for the one time rights
along with one copy of the anthology.