Monday, April 20, 2015

bpNichol Chapbook Award - Call for Submissions

2015 bpNichol Chapbook Award

bpNicholChapbookAwardLogoThe bpNichol Chapbook Award recognizes excellence in Canadian poetry published in chapbook form. The prize is awarded to a poetry chapbook judged to be the best submitted. The author receives $4,000 and the publisher receives $500. Awarded continuously since 1986, the bpNichol Chapbook Award is currently administered by the Meet the Presses collective.
Interested authors or publishers should submit three copies of a chapbook of poetry in English published in Canada.
Chapbooks should be not less than 10 pages and not more than 48 pages. The chapbooks must have been published between January 1st and December 31st of the previous year (2014), and the poet must be Canadian.
Submissions must be sent by Canada Post or courier (and not hand-delivered to a Meet The Presses collective member) and include a completed submission form or accurate facsimile (download the 2015 Submission Form), a brief C.V. of the author, including address, telephone number, and email address. Publisher contact information (contact person, mailing address, e-mail address, telephone contact) must also be included. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.
The closing date for the 2014 bpNichol Chapbook Award is May 29, 2015. Submissions must be received by this date. If submission confirmation has not been received by e-mail by June 30, 2015, please send a query to Beth Follett at:
Send submissions to:
Meet the Presses / bpNichol Chapbook Award
113 Bond Street, St John’s NL A1C 1T6

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Cascadia Poetry Festival Poetry Contest

The Greater Victoria Public Library and the Vancouver Island Regional Library invite you to send an original
poem (max. 30 lines) in any form on the subject of the Cascadia bioregion for a chance to win tickets to the
Cascadia Poetry Festival.

The Cascadia Poetry Festival runs April 30-May 3 in Nanaimo, BC.

Each poet can submit up to 3 poems (individual entries). Poems will be blind-judged by Victoria Poet Laureate Yvonne Blomer and Nanaimo Poet Laureate Naomi Beth Wakan.

The contest is open to library cardholders of the Greater Victoria Public Library and the Vancouver Island
Regional Library.

1st prize: 2 gold passes
2nd prize: 1 gold pass
3rd prize: 2 tickets

Deadline is April 7, 2015.

Entry form at

Monday, December 8, 2014

From Eyewear Publishing - Poet's Quest for God

Coming in Spring 2015 - pre-order now. Books will be sent as soon as they are printed.

A major anthology of work from top poets from around the world, the first to explore religion from the perspectives of all faiths and none – so that atheists share space with believers. A beautifully presented gift book, perfect for dipping into in meditative and reflective moments

Containing poems from world-renowned poets of all faiths and none from America, Britain, and beyond, including Andrew Motion, Rowan Williams, Ian Duhig, Rae Armantrout, Fanny Howe, Charles Bernstein, and over 200 others, this is the first anthology to place atheist poets side by side with those from all major religions. Faith, doubt and wonder are explored, providing guidance, solace and spiritual inspiration. Introduced by Professor Ewan Fernie, a leading scholar of demonology and religion, this is a perfect book to be visited again and again. Eyewear Publishing’s first poetry anthology, it is a wonderfully curated collection of questions and answers for everyone to enjoy.


How does a person of faith live in a world where science offers so many answers to questions previously unfathomable? How does a person of no faith reconcile with the possibility that our bodies are, after all but a brief wind of fabulously compatible atoms? Can there there still be spirituality in a world without faith? Are the world, the landscape, the chaotic details of life more or less wonderful with or without religion? It is not the purpose of this anthology to gesticulate towards either a secularist or a religious doctrine as the preferred way of living. Instead it is interested in the variety of the poetic response that such a fascinating dialogue offers. Indeed, if one of poetry’s main capabilities, with its gifts of language, is to pick apart the fabric of the world, of the reality which we pervade, then what better form of response can there be to such questions, than a poem that wonders aloud about the ultimate nature of things?