ESA Poetry Contest

Join us for the 2nd Annual ESA Poetry Contest.

  • Submissions are due to the Library by Thursday April 30th.
  • Additional details on the posters posted around the school (or by clicking on the image attached below).

This year’s theme is “Food and Poetry”…  the same as this year’s theme for National Poetry Month.  Learn more about the theme at the Canadian League of Poets website.


April is Poetry Month: Student Contests

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All ESA students are encouraged to get their writing out there.  To this end, we have compiled a comprehensive inventory of all of the Canadian Poetry Contests which are suitable for students to enter.

Beginning with the Ontario Poetry Society Contest which closes on April 30th, students – and anyone else for that matter – may peruse to find all of the Poetry contests, in order by submission deadline, through to next April.

Carleton University Creative Writing Contest

The timelines are kind of tight but…  Carleton University is currently accepting entries to it’s Creative Writing Contest.

  • This year’s theme: Passages: Transitions Between Worlds
  • Two age categories:
    18 and under; over 18
    Two writing categories: Poetry and Short Story
    Canadian and International Entries Welcome!
  • Winning entries will be featured in a peer-reviewed anthology of prose and poetry published in spring 2015 by In/Words Magazine and Press. They will also receive a $300 cash prize.
  • Second-prize winners will receive $100. First and second-place winners will receive books donated by House of Anansi Press.
  • Postmark Deadline: February 15, 2015
  • Winners will be announced March 15th, 2015.

Find all the details here.

ESA Poetry Contest

Anne Carson and Anne Michaels have both just been shortlisted for this year’s Griffin Poetry Prize.  Read more at the CBC.

In addition to this, The League of Canadian Poets and Calgary Spoken Word Festival are thrilled to announce the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award: bill bissett!  Our own Ian Hogeboom-Burr is taking one of bill bissett’s poems on the road to the Poetry in Voice National Finals next month.


At this time it is appropriate to announce the inaugural ESA Poetry Contest.

In honour of National Poetry Month, the ESA Library is sponsoring a student poetry contest.  Poems must:

  • be titled;
  • not have been previously published;
  • be typed on a blank white 8.5″ x 11″ paper; and,
  • be no longer than 50 lines.

All entries must be submitted by no later than Friday April 25th.  Entries should be submitted to Ms. Wray, in the Library.

The first place winning entry will receive a copy of Anne Carson’s NOX, an epitaph to her brother.

Ayn Rand Institute: Writing Contest

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I’ll go on record as saying, definitively, that Ayn Rand is not exactly my cup of tea…  BUT, the Ayn Rand Institute runs a very lucrative student essay writing contest.  The first prize in each division is awarded a $10 000 cash prize.

The student contest is organised by Grade Level.  I have brought in copies of the materials to support the essay writing contest for each of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead.

Atlas Shrugged

The Fountainhead

If you think you might be interested in this contest next year, come and see me, get the books, get your reading and notes done at your leisure, ready to respond to the essay questions when they are made available.  Since this is the first year I’ve been aware of this contest I can’t say whether or not the essay topics are the same each year, or whether they change.

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Writer’s Trust Student Non-Fiction Writing Contest

Writer's Trust Student Non-Fiction








Full details available at the Writer’s Trust website.  Summary details are as follows:

Submission requirements

  • Literary Non-Fiction (journalistic essays, memoirs, commentary, social/political criticism, history, biography)
  • 1000 – 2000 words
  • demonstrate a distinctive voice
  • no fee to enter
  • all Canadian Gr 9 – 12 students eligible


  • trip for two to Toronto including tickets to Hilary Weston Writer’s Trust Prize for Non-Fiction Gala and VIP Reception
  • $500
  • $250

Deadline for Entries

  • Entries must be received before midnight on March 31st, 2014

Contest Jury

See the website, Ms. Wray, or your English Teacher for additional details.

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Short Prose Competition

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(Screenshot from The Writer’s Union of Canada website)

The Writers’ Union of Canada is pleased to launch its 21st Annual Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers, which invites writers to submit a piece of fiction or non-fiction of up to 2,500 words in the English language that has not previously been published in any format. A $2,500 prize will be awarded to an unpublished Canadian writer, and the entries of the winner and finalists will be submitted to three Canadian magazines for consideration. The deadline for entries is March 1, 2014.

For complete rules and regulations, please go to