Poetry Contest

The City of Victoria and the City of Victoria Poet Laureate John Barton are pleased to announce the winners of the Emily Carr 150 Poetry Contest. 


From the over sixty poems entered by beginning poets living in the Capital Regional District, John Barton and co-judge James Summer, Victoria’s outgoing Youth Poet Laureate, awarded first prize to “Woman of the Woods” by Anne Hopkinson and honourable mention to “Graveyard Entrance, Campbell River, 1912” by Tim Chamberlain. The poets will receive $200 and $100 in prize money, plus a $50 gift card courtesy of Munro's Books, and giftbags of Carr-related books and cards for each of them. The judges congratulate both winners on capturing something essential about Emily Carr in their beautifully written poems.

Anne Hopkinson, 1st Prize Winner

Tim Chamberlain, Honourable Mention


Read Anne Hopkinson’s first-prize-winning poem, “Woman of the Woods.”
Read Tim Chamberlain’s poem “Graveyard Entrance, Campbell River, 1912.” 


An afternoon of Poetry


DateSaturday, December 11, 2021
Time: the Awards Reading begins at 2:00 pm (doors open at 1:30)
Location: main floor of the Carr House (207 Government Street)
Admission: Free (masks and vaccine passes are required.)

Come hear Anne Hopkinson and Tim Chamberlain read their prize-winning poems at Carr House as part of its weekend-long celebration of the 150th-anniversary of Emily Carr’s birth on December 13, 1871. As part of the festivities, both poets will be presented with their awards, which includes $200 and $100 in prize money, plus a $50 gift card courtesy of Munro’s Books and giftbags of Carr-related books and cards for each of them. Carr House will have their framed poems on display. John Barton and James Summer will also read.

Full details about the reading and about Carr House’s weekend of Emily Carr celebrations may be found at carrhouse.ca/upcoming-events or contact carrhouse@telus.net.


About the Winners


Anne Hopkinson writes poetry, fiction, and non-fiction from her home in Victoria. Her work has appeared in most recently Refugium (Caitlin Press), The Sky is Falling, The Sky is Falling (Goldfinch Press, and Old Bonesand Battered Bookends(Repartee Press). She won the 2018 Victoria Writers Society Creative Non-Fiction Contest and the 2019 Canadian Stories Poetry Prize. Her work was shortlisted for the Federation of BC Writers Poetry Prize in 2019 and in the FBCW BC and Yukon Short Fiction Prize in 2020. A retired teacher, nature lover, and water rat, Anne is president of Planet Earth Poetry, Victoria’s long-running reading series.

Tim Chamberlain is a retired English instructor, living in Saanich. His poetry explores the impact of cultural collision on the BC coast and the uneasy relationship of truth to memory. “Graveyard Entrance, Campbell River, 1912,” which responds to an Emily Carr painting of the same name, explores these themes.

For more information about the prize winners, contact culture@victoria.ca.

City of Victoria Poet Laureate John Barton gratefully thanks the City of Victoria, Carr House, Munro’s Books, James Summer, and Jan Ross for their support of the Emily Carr 150 Poetry Contest.