Poetry Contest

The City of Victoria Poet Laureate invites beginning poets living in the Capital Regional District to enter the Emily Carr 150 Poetry Contest.


Join us as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Emily Carr's birth. The iconic Canadian painter and author was born in Victoria on December 13, 1871.

Submit an original poem for a chance to win some great prizes.

 

The poem may respond to any aspect of Emily Carr's life, art and/or legacy, and/or any of the following:

  • Emily Carr’s paintings or written works.
  • recount an incident in her life.
  • imagine her take on a local, regional, or national issue during her lifetime.
  • imagine how she would respond to an issue of our time, including climate change, old-growth logging, and Truth and Reconciliation with Canada’s First Peoples.

 

PRIZES

Winner will receive:

  • Cash Prize: $200
  • $50 gift card courtesy of Munro’s Bookstore.
  • Their poem will be mounted and framed for display at Carr House.
  • An invitation to read their poem at the Carr House 150 Celebration.
  • Their poem published in the Times Colonist.

The Honourable Mention will receive:

  • Cash Prize: $100
  • $50 gift card courtesy of Munro’s Bookstore.
  • Their poem will be mounted and framed for display at Carr House.
  • An invitation to read their poem at the Carr House 150 Celebration.
  • Their poem published in the Times Colonist.

 

CONTEST GUIDELINES

  • Eligible entrants may submit one poem written in any style about Emily Carr. 
  • The submitted poem may not exceed 30 lines in length, including spaces between stanzas. 
  • A beginning poet is defined as a poet who has yet to publish a full-length book solely of their own poetry.
  • No work already published (even if only excerpted, or even if revised since original publication), already accepted for publication, or simultaneously submitted elsewhere is eligible for consideration.Previous publication is considered to include any appearance in print or online and in text or audio form, whether the publication platform is a newspaper, newsletter, magazine, anthology, chapbook, book, website, personal website or blog, Twitter, Facebook, or other similar forum for public circulation. This restriction on eligibility applies regardless of the size of the platform’s print run, reach, or the extent of the circulation of previously published work. 
  • Entrants may submit only once. All subsequent entries by the same author will not be considered by the judges. 
  • Failure to comply with these criteria will immediately disqualify any entry. 
 
HOW TO ENTER
  • Send your entry only once to culture@victoria.ca as an attachment (.doc, .docx, or .pdf). 
  • No substitutions (either revisions or alternative poems) are allowed. 
  • In the body of the email, provide your name, pen name (if applicable), Capital Regional District municipality of residence, email address, mailing address, phone number, and a 50-word biographical note.

ENTRY DEADLINE
November 62021 by 11:59 p.m.

JUDGES

John Barton, City of Victoria Poet Laureate
James Summer, City of Victoria Youth Poet Laureate 

 

Look for inspiration?
Listen to John Barton read poems from his collection of poetry, West of Darkness: Emily Carr, a Self-Portrait at Carr House.

Questions?
Send all queries to culture@victoria.ca.