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Contest Winners at Utmost Canada

Contest winners for our Canadian poetry contests are listed below. For information on other poetry contests—offering much larger prizes—please visit our international site.

Most of the poems below are from our previous quarterly contest for Canadians. Most of these poems were written to a suggested theme.

2010 Poetry Contest: Deadline June 1

Prizes will be mailed on July 5, due to the holiday weekend.

($600 in prizes paid)

First Prize: $300
Nishan Swais
Toronto, Ontario

Ontological Sonnet

Honorable Mention: $200
Matthew S. MacLennan
Vancouver, BC

Left

Judges' Favorite: $50
Violet Nesdoly
Langley, BC

Trinkets

Judges' Favorite: $50
Anne Laidlaw
Sault Ste Marie, Ontario

landmarks lost


2009 Poetry Contests: Deadline October 31
Theme: "Fire Scene"

"Poets wrote on an image of two deer standing in a river, surrounded by a forest fire."

($300 in prizes paid)

First Prize: $200
Matthew S. MacLennan
Vancouver, BC

Serotiny

Honorable Mention: $50
Nishan Swais
Toronto, Ontario

The Consuming Fire

Honorable Mention: $50
Violet Nesdoly
Langley, BC

Forest Usurper

2009 Poetry Contests: Deadline July 31
Theme: "Make Us Laugh"

"Your winning poem will touch the funny bone of Utmost judge, Nathan Harms."

($300 in prizes paid)

First Prize: $100 (TIE)
Kevin P. McCabe
St. Catherines, Ontario

Zoom By Ya

First Prize: $100 (TIE)
Alvin G. Ens
Abbotsford, BC

Pointless

Honorable Mention: $50
Ruth Hill
Chetwynd, BC

Squirmin' Herman

Honorable Mention: $50
Stephanie Tombari
Burlington, Ontario

The Wreck of Frederick McPhee

2009 Poetry Contests: Deadline April 30
Theme: Psalm 51:10-12

"Your winning poem will be based on the psalmist's words in verses 10 – 12 of the 51st Psalm."

($350 in prizes paid)

First Prize: $250
Daryl Wocknitz
Champion, Alberta

The Question

Honorable Mention: $50
Gail Dickie
Markham, Ontario

Just As I Am

Honorable Mention: $50
Tricia Larose
Sudbury, Ontario

Showered


2009 Poetry Contests: Deadline January 31
Theme: Open Theme

($350 in prizes paid)

First Prize (shared): $125
Christy Frost
Verdun, Quebec

Vox vocis

First Prize (shared): $125
Daryl Wocknitz
Champion, Alberta

Keats in the Field

Honorable Mention: $50
Alvin G. Ens
Abbotsford, British Columbia

Guiding Light

Honorable Mention: $50
Margaret Drage
Sarnia, Ontario

A Day in God's Life


2008 Poetry Contests: Deadline October 31
Theme: Where is God?

"Your winning poem will deal in some way with the question, 'Where is God?'"

($350 in prizes paid)

First Prize: $250
Judith Frost
Verdun, Quebec

The Ants' Part in Opening the Peony

Honorable Mention: $50
Daryl Wocknitz
Champion, Alberta

Adam: On Mortal Skin

Honorable Mention: $50
Violet Nesdoly
Langley, British Columbia

His Name


2008 Poetry Contests: Deadline July 31
Theme: Flag

"Your winning poem will be titled 'Flag.'"

($350 in prizes paid)

First Prize: $250
Violet Nesdoly
Langley, British Columbia

Flag

Honorable Mention: $50
Alvin G. Ens
Abbotsford, British Columbia

The Flag

Honorable Mention: $50
Patricia Anne Elford
Pembroke, Ontario

Flag


2008 Poetry Contests: Deadline Apr. 30
Theme: Thaw

"Your winning poem must contain the word 'thaw.'"

($400 in prizes paid)

First Prize: $250
Marcia Lee Laycock
Blackfalds, Alberta

Dying to Live

Honorable Mention: $50
Daryl Wocknitz
Champion, Alberta

Thaw

Honorable Mention (Tie): $50
Connie Spuria
London, Ontario

Honorable Mention (Tie): $50
Patricia Peters

Swift Current, Saskatchewan

April

 

The Time When Kings Go Off to War


2008 Poetry Contests: Deadline Jan. 31
Theme: Redeemed

"The theme of this contest is Redeemed."

($350 in prizes paid)

First Prize: $250
Judith Frost
Verdun, Quebec

This is the Hard Part

Honorable Mention: $50
Peggy Fletcher
Sarnia, Ontario

Looking Down Life

Honorable Mention: $50
Lorraine Buck
Charlottetown, PEI

Ode to Biblis


2007 Poetry Contests: Deadline Oct. 31
Theme: Canadian Landscape

"The winning poem will excel in imagery and language. It will be clearly Canadian in the landscape it shares with readers. (Think of it as 'A. Y. Jackson in poetry!')"

The quality of the poems entered in our first Canadian contest was outstanding. Some of the poems not selected as winners are no doubt worthy of publication. Judges were unable to choose for First Prize between poems submitted by Alvin Ens and Sabrina L'Heureux, so it was decided to split the $250 prize between these two poets. We also added a third Honorable Mention for this contest.

($325 in prizes paid)

First Prize (shared): $125
Alvin G. Ens
Abbotsford, British Columbia

From Coast to Coast

First Prize (shared): $125
Sabrina L'Heureux
Dawson Creek, British Columbia

Car nap

Honorable Mention: $25
Violet Nesdoly
Langley, British Columbia

Canadian Rivers

Honorable Mention: $25
Judith Frost
Verdun, Quebec

Seasons of an Island Home

Honorable Mention: $25
Peggy Fletcher
Sarnia, Ontario

Group of Seven Worship