4th Annual Poetry Contest

The winners of our fourth annual poetry contest are as follows:

First Place: Pamela Yuen, for her poem Staycation

Second Place: Pamela Yuen, Self-care

Third Place: Debbie Okun Hill, Wet Whisper of Rain

Honourable mentions:

Nilofar Shidmehr, The Equilibrium Artist

Pamela Yuen, Hot Pot

Sara MacDonald, Traveller’s Guide to Thebes

Sara MacDonald, How to Swim in the Aegean

Debbie Okun Hill, Beauty is a Mirror

A note: Although there was overlap in the winning poets from this year’s contest, I would like to emphasize that the judging was done entirely blindly. Any similarities in the final entries must be entirely attributed to the individual tastes of the judge. –FJ Doucet, President

Congratulations to all of our finalists!

Brooklin Poetry Society’s 4th Annual Poetry Contest

Canadian poets are invited to submit up to 6 unpublished poems to the Brooklin Poetry Society’s 4rd Annual Poetry Contest. This year’s theme is Renaissance. In a world on fire, what does it mean to be reborn? Despite the development of vaccines, COVID 19 continues to exert a controlling influence on our lives. Climate change runs unabated. Politics are as personal as the masks we now wear. How can we reshape our futures? Are we passive objects of rebirth or architects of renewal? Poets are free to interpret the theme as they wish.

Contest judge for 2021 is Anna Yin. Anna was Mississauga’s Inaugural Poet Laureate (2015-2017) and has five poetry collections. Her sixth book, “Mirrors and Windows” (Guernica Editions) will be out in 2021. Her poems/translations have appeared at ARC Poetry, New York Times, China Daily, CBC Radio, World Journal.  Anna won the 2005 Ted Plantos Memorial Award, 2010/2014 MARTYs, 2016/2017 scholarships from West Chester University Poetry Conference, three grants from Ontario Arts Council and 2013 Professional Achievement Award from CPAC. She performed on Parliament Hill and at 2015 Austin International Poetry Festival. She teaches Poetry Alive and has begun a small publishing company: SureWay Press. Her website:annapoetry.com

Submission fee is $10 for the first 3 poems, and $3 for each subsequent poem, up to a maximum of 6 poems. E-transfers can be made to: brooklinpoetsoc@gmail.com.

Prizes: The winning poem will receive a $100 cash prize. Second place is worth $75, and third place is $50. Winning entries and honourable mentions will be published on the Brooklin Poetry Society website in fall 2021. Deadline to submit is midnight, June 30th, 2021.

Submission guidelines: Unpublished poems, 12 point Times New Roman. Maximum length: 80 lines (stanza breaks count as lines, titles excluded). Author’s name should not appear on the poems. Due to Covid 19 restrictions, digital submissions only. Please email a cover letter (with name, contact info, including snail mail address, and titles of poems) and poems in a single doc or docx file attachment to: brooklinpoetsoc@gmail.com. Please indicate in your letter where you heard about the contest.


The Brooklin Poetry Society is generously supported by the Town of Whitby’s Performing Arts Community Development Fund.

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