2nd Annual Poetry Contest

Brooklin Poetry Society’s  2nd Annual Poetry Contest

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Canadian poets are invited to submit up to 6 unpublished poems to the Brooklin Poetry Society’s 2nd Annual Poetry Contest. The theme for the contest this year is the place of nature. Nature can be interpreted broadly to include the environment or human nature. What are the spaces for incorporating nature in our fast-paced world? How do we conceptualize the term “nature”? What spaces do we allow for human nature in the 21st century? Is there room for nature in our modern-day cities? How do you understand the theme of “the place of nature”?  Poets are free to interpret the theme as they wish.

Poet David Stones

Contest judge for 2019 is David Stones, winner of the Brooklin Poetry Society’s inaugural 2018 Poetry Contest. A poet, performance and spoken word artist, David Stones resides in both Toronto and Stratford, Ontario. He transformed his first book of poetry, Infinite Sequels (2013), into a one man show of the same name. Hailed by London Free Press as a “brilliant and beautiful piece of theatre,” Stones performs Infinite Sequels throughout Southern Ontario, with 12 shows slated for 2019, including Hamilton Fringe and several shows in Stratford. Stones’ poetry has appeared in numerous print and on-line journals, most recently Synaeresis (Harmonia Press), Arborealis (Beret Day Books), Open Heart 13 (Beret Day Books), Universal Oneness (AuthorsPress, India) and Her Royal Majesty (Paris, France). He is currently preparing two manuscripts for publication.

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 2019.

Deadline to submit is midnight, Wednesday July 31st, 2019.

Submission guidelines: Submissions must be unpublished, and should be in Times New Roman, 12 point font. Maximum poem length: 80 lines (stanza breaks count as lines, titles excluded from line count). 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 one file attachment to: brooklinpoetsoc@gmail.com. Please indicate in your letter where you heard about the contest.