Competition is now open!
Deadline to submit: May 1 at 11:59 p.m. ET
This prize is awarded once a year to the best original, unpublished, poem or poetry collection submitted to the competition. All Canadians can participate.
The competition is blind. A jury composed of well-known and respected Canadian authors will select a 1st place winner and 4 runners-up.
The First Prize winner will receive $6,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, and will have his/her poetry published in Air Canada’s enRoute magazine and on the Canada Writes website. He or she will also be awarded a two-week residency at The Banff Centre’s Leighton Artists’ Colony (details about the residency here), and will be interviewed on CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers.
The 4 runners-up will each receive $1,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, and their stories will be published on the Canada Writes website.
Submissions to the poetry category must be between 400 and 600 words.
For more information:
My two cents:
I am surprised that this competition has a word minimum of 400 since Poetry of all the written forms can tend to be quite short. I can’t submit anything I’ve posted here on my blog since according to the rules, it counts as “previously published” (does that mean I can tell people I am a published author? heh heh). I am going to work on one new poem this week and see what happens. This should be interesting since I am not used to writing what I consider to be “long” poems.
If you missed my post from yesterday about this contest – here it is – http://www.samanthaball.ca/?p=1111
And here’s my entry in the contest 🙂
As a new mother, I had arranged for a photographer, however, Mary Ball found being posed like an Anne Geddes picture inconvenient. Her sudden cries and flailing seemed timed to the photographer leaning in for the shot. I tried to calm her by giving her a bottle. Within seconds of guzzling her milk…the telltale sounds of a wet poop. Under her bare bottom, I was mortified to see poo on the photographer’s WHITE blanket. The photographer suggested we end the session. With relief, I cleaned and scooped up Mary – then felt the warm wetness of pee all over my lap…
***One of the contest rules was that the person whose name was “dropped” had to consent to the story. Since my one month old can’t “consent”, I may be disqualified, but I thought I’d try to send it in anyway 🙂
FROM CBC –
Call for Submissions – True Winter Tales
Can you smell it in the air? Before long, winter will be here… As delighted – or dejected – as you may be by that statement, you must admit that Canadians feel passionately about the season. You either love it, or you hate it. And whether you were born in the snowy depths of a Manitoba blizzard, or immigrated to Toronto and saw your first snowfall only as an adult, everyone in this country has a personal story to share about winter.
And we want yours…
This November, Canada Writes is hosting a Winter Tales Writing Challenge (in association with the Canada Council for the Arts and The Massey Lectures). And we’ve got $1,000 to give away!
We are looking for you to send us your true winter stories. Did something special happen to you on that last day of school before Christmas break? Did you find yourself oddly missing the cold that one year you lived abroad? How about any peculiar events that transpired during the great Quebec ice storm of 1998?
The Winter Tales Writing Challenge will be judged by author and essayist Adam Gopnik. As this year’s Massey Lecturer on the subject of winter, Adam’s already in the “winter zone” and ready to read your best cold-weather tales.
The winner of our Winter Tales Writing Challenge will receive a $1,000 cash prize from the Canada Council for the Arts. The winning story will also be prominently featured on the Canada Writes site.