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Canadian Poetry Contests

The poetry contests below are sponsored by Canadian publisher or focus on Canadians.

If you know of poetry contests that should be listed on this page, please let us know. Please visit the web sites to confirm the status of a contest, as some contests are not run regularly.

Contests are listed alphabetically.

Be sure to compare the big prizes and modest entry fees offered by the Utmost Poetry Contests compared to the listings below!

Acorn-Plantos Award

Contact: jeffseff@allstream.net

Poetry Contest in Canada

CDN $500 prize. Entry fee: $25.

Antigonish Review

Poetry Contest in Canada

CDN$1200 prizes. Entry fee: $25

Arc Poem of the Year Contest

Poetry Contest in Canada

CDN$3250 in prizes. Entry fee: $23

Banff Centre Bliss Carmen Poetry Award

CDN$ in prizes. Entry fee: $27

Borderlines

Poetry Contest in Canada

CDN$250 in prizes. Entry fee: $5

Byron’s Quill Award for Poetry

Poetry Contest in Canada

CDN$1350 prizes. Entry fee: $20

Canadian Poetry Association Annual Poetry Contest

Poetry Contest in Canada

Prize amounts are at the discretion of the sponsor. Entry fee: $25

CBC Literary Awards

Poetry Contest in Canada

CDN$10,000 in prizes. Entry fee: $20
(Entries must be between 1,000 and 2,000 words)

Christian Publishers Poetry Prize
Information about this contest will be posted only between the dates of December 1 and May 31

Poetry Contest in Canada

Accepts entries from December 1 – May 31 annually. A traditional rhyming poetry contest for poets of Christian faith. Themes of poetry must be religious. Prizes in 2007 totalled US$1,000. Entry fee: $15 Sponsored by Utmost Christian Writers Foundation.

Cranberry Tree
Poetry Anthology Contest

Poetry Contests in Canada

CDN$331 in prizes. Entry fee: $12

CV2 Poem Contest

Poetry Contests in Canada

CDN$525 in prizes. Entry fee: $10

Dan Sullivan Memorial Poetry Contest

Poetry Contest in Canada

CDN$705 in prizes. Entry fee: $15

EMWF Literary Contest

Poetry Contests in Canada

CDN$1,000 in prizes. Entry fee: $10

Fiddlehead Poetry Contest

Poetry Contest in Canada

CDN$2,000 in prizes. Entry fee: $30

Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest

Poetry Contest in Canada

CDN$1,200 in prizes. Entry fee: $25

Lichen Poetry Contest

Poetry Contests in Canada

CDN$500 prize. Entry fee: $20

Malahat Review Long Poem Contest

Poetry Contests in Canada

CDN$1,000 in prizes. Entry fee: $35

Mattia International Poetry Competition

Poetry Contest in Canada

CDN$175 in prizes. Entry fee: Free

Novice Christian Poetry Contest
Information about this contest will be posted only between the dates of March 1 and August 31.

Poetry Contest in Canada

Accepts entries from March 1 – August 31 annually. An open contest for unpublished poets of Christian faith. Prizes in 2007 total US$2,000. Entry fee: $15 Sponsored by Utmost Christian Writers Foundation.

Other Voices Poetry Contest

Poetry Contests in Canada

CDN $250 in prizes. Entry fee: $25.

Poetry Institute of Canada

Poetry Contests in Canada

Various cash prizes. Entry fee: FREE
(for Canadian children and youth only)

Room of One’s Own Poetry Contest

Poetry Contest in Canada

CDN $750 in prizes. Entry fee: $27.

The Saving Bannister Poetry Anthology Contest

Poetry Contests in Canada

CDN$350 in prizes. Entry fee: $12.

SEEDS International Poetry Anthology Contest

Poetry Contest in Canada

CDN$375 in prizes. Entry fee: $15.

Sooke Fall Fair Poetry Contest

Poetry Contest in Canada

CDN$100 prize. Entry fee: $1

subTerrain Annual Literary Awards Competition

Poetry Contests in Canada

CDN$500 prize. Entry fee: $20

Utmost Christian Poetry Contest
Information about this contest will be posted only between the dates of September 1 and February 28.

Poetry Contests in Canada

Accepts entries from September 1 – February 28 annually. An open contest for poets of Christian faith. Prizes in 2007 totalled more than US$4,000. Entry fee: $15 Sponsored by Utmost Christian Writers Foundation.


vallum award for poetry

Poetry Contest in Canada

CDN$1300 in prizes. Entry fee: $25

The Winston Collins/Descant Prize for Best Canadian Poem

Poetry Contest in Canada

CDN$1500 in prizes. Entry fee: $29