Budding poets and authors can win cash prizes through two contests sponsored by the Poetry Institute of Canada.
The first contest is open to poets of any age, regardless of whether they have been previously published.
Any subject or style of poetry or prose poetry is acceptable. Poems should be original and consist of 24 lines or less.
As well as the opportunity to win a cash prize, the best poems will be published in a hard-cover anthology of verse.
To enter, send an original, typed or neatly written poem to: Open Ages Poetry Contest (N), P.O. Box 44169 RPO Gorge, Victoria, B.C., V9A 7K1, or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The other contest is for creative writers, ages 18 and up.
“Send us an account of your recollections, memories, grassroots experiences, or amusing incidents,” states a release from the 20-year-old group that unites writers and poets. Short stories, essays, anecdotes (fiction or non-fiction) can be entered.
Writing is limited to 850 words. The submission must be original and typed or neatly hand written on 8.5-by-11-inch paper. Besides the chance to win a cash prize, the best work will be published in an anthology.
Send an entry to: Adult Short Story Contest (N), P.O. Box 44169- RPO Gorge, Victoria, B.C., V9A 7K1, or email to poetry email@example.com.
There is only one entry per person for both contests. Submissions must be postmarked no later than July 31. There are no entry fees.
For more information, visit www.poetryinstituteofcanada.ca.