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Poets Needed, Inquire Within

Calling all aspiring poets. CBC's Canada Writes has just announced the opening of their annual poetry competition.

The rules are simple, entries must be between 400 and 600 words the Poetry Prize will be awarded to the best original, unpublished poem. So ready your quills, your typewriters or your laptops. You have until May 1st to submit.

That's great but what will I get for my blood, sweat and poetry tears?

First prize is a hefty $6000, made possible with the help of the Canada Council for the Arts as well as publication on the Canada Writes website, and in Air Canada's enRoute magazine. What's more, the first prize winner will be interviewed by Shelagh Rogers on CBC Radio's The Next Chapter, and a whole two week residency at The Banff Legion Centre's Leighton Artists' Colony.

To top that off, $1000 will be awarded to 4 runner-up poems which will also see publication on the Canada Writes site.

So dial up your diction and brush up on your similes and metaphors, first prize could be yours. Best of luck.



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