Brooklin Poetry Society’s Inaugural Poetry Contest!!

BPS is pleased to announce its inaugural poetry contest.

Poets are invited to submit up to 6 unpublished poems to the contest. The theme for the contest is interrogating the local: what does it mean to locate oneself in a given area? How significant are local communities in a globalized world? Why do we identify ourselves as local? How can we understand that term? How does the local speak to you?

Poets are free to interpret the theme as they wish.

Contest judge is Debbie Okun Hill, whose work includes Tarnished Trophies (Black Moss Press, 2014), and award-winning chapbooks Drawing from Experience (Big Pond Rumours Press, 2017) and Chalk Dust Clouds (Beret Days Press, 2017). Ms. Okun Hill has published over 390 poems in over 140 different publications in Canada and the U.S., and is a member of The Writers’ Union of Canada, The League of Canadian Poets, and former president of The Ontario Poetry Society. You can follow her literary journey at

Submission fee is $5 for the first 3 poems, and $3 for each subsequent poem, up to a maximum of 6 poems. Cheques may be made payable to the Brooklin Poetry Society, and mailed to Brooklin Poetry Society, 11 Bexley Court, Brooklin, ON,L1M 2C7.

Prizes: The winning poem will receive a $100 cash prize. The second place prize is worth $75, and third place is $50. Winning entries and honourable mentions will be published on the Brooklin Poetry Society website in fall 2018.

Deadline to submit is midnight, Tuesday July 31st, 2018.

Submission guidelines: Submissions should be unpublished, and in Times New Roman, 12 point font. Author’s name should not appear on the submission. Titles of poems and author’s name should be identified in an accompanying cover letter.

Only digital submissions are accepted. Please email your cover letter and poems in two separate file attachments to: Please indicate in your letter where you heard about the contest.