This prize is awarded once a year to the best original, unpublished, poem or poetry collection submitted to the competition.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.
A fee of $25.00 (taxes included) for administration purposes is required for each entry.
Sadiqa de Meijer receives $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, and her prizewinning story “Great Aunt Unmarried” will be published in the October edition of enRoute Magazine. Sadiqa will also receive a two-week residency at The Banff Centre’s Leighton Artists’ Colony.
The four runners-up, who will each receive 1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts are: