Why we focus this site on Canada
Canada is home to many famous authors and poets, as well as other renowned persons in the arts. But opportunities for "not-so-famous" poets to be rewarded for their work are fewer than you might expect under the circumstances.
The most noted poetry contest is generous with prize money, it's true. The CBC Literary Award offers a prize of $6,000. But the minimum length permitted for a poetry entry is 1,000 words! This eliminates poets who have not accumulated a solid portfolio of unpublished work.
It's difficult to find information about Canadian contests in Internet search engines because search results tend to mix up Canadian and US contests. That's why we've compiled a list of Canadian-based poetry contests.
Utmost Christian Writers is leading the way!
At the current time, Utmost Christian Writers Foundation offers the largest poetry prize—by far—in Canada. Our main contest each year offers US$3,000 in cash prizes! In addition to this, our other contests pay at least US$4000 in cash prizes annually.
We challenge Canadian publishers and organizations to promote their poetry contests and increase the prize amounts and accessibility to new poets.
We're trying to make a difference
Canada is a great country in many ways, but it's not without its conceits, some of which involve excessive straining to avoid public affirmation of religious activities or expressions.
If you know of a poetry-related event in Canada that's Christian in focus, please let us know. If you are a Christian poet in Canada with a desire for a wider audience, please let us know.
We'll do our best to get the word out.