3rd Annual Poetry Contest

Canadian poets are invited to submit up to 6 unpublished poems to the Brooklin Poetry Society’s 3rd Annual Poetry Contest. This year’s theme is borrowed from the League of Canadian Poets’, A World of Poetry. How does poetry affect and shape the world? Given recent global events, can poetry address the world? What about poetry from around the world? Have we created enough spaces for world poets on our poetry reading lists? And lastly where can we find poetry in our vastly uncertain and fragile world? Poets are free to interpret the theme as they wish.

Contest judge for 2020 is K.V. Skene, a Canadian-born poet whose peripatetic lifestyle has her frequently moving – across Canada and, for eighteen years in England and Ireland. Her poetry has appeared in anthologies and journals within Canada US, UK, Australia, Austria, Ireland. India and China. Most recently she was a winner in the Cinnamon Press Poetry Chapbook Competition (UK) and the Erbacce-prize (UK). Her latest publications include: The Love Life of Bus Shelters (Cinnamon Press, 2019), Unoriginal Sins (erbacce-press, 2018) and Under Aristotle Bridge, (Finishing Line Press, 2015).  She is currently a member of The Ontario Poetry Society, The League of Canadian Poets, The Canadian Authors Association, The Canada Cuba Literary Alliance and The Poetry Society (UK). Her current home base is Toronto.

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. Personal 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. 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 2020.

Deadline to submit is midnight, June 30th, 2020.

Submission guidelines: Submissions must be unpublished, 12 point Times New Roman.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. Only digital submissions are accepted. Please email a cover letter (with your name, contact info, including snail mail address, and the titles of your 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.