Open to Everyone
First Prize $100 Second Prize
$75 Third Prize $50
20 Judge's Choice Awards
All Prize winning poems to be published in a chapbook anthology.
Every winner will receive one free copy for every poem selected for
Every winner to receive a beautiful award certificate.
Cash prizes paid in Canadian Dollars only.
Rules and Guidelines:
Poems are to be no longer than 36 lines and the spaces between the stanza
count as lines.
Poems with extra wide lines that need to be broken to fit the poem on
the page are not accepted.
Poem title and space between the poem title and the body of the poem
do not count as lines.
All styles welcome on
the following themes:
We invite you to submit poems on the subject of hygiene. Poems on soaps,
conditioners, aftershaves, toothpastes and other toiletries will be
that describe bathtubs, showers and other locations for washing will
Personal rituals, reactions and responses to the pleasure and comfort
with washing in general will be happily received by the judge, as well
as the daily
burden it might create. In contrast, please also send poems on poor
its implications, or poems associated with discomfort of any kind especially
other physical complaints. Poems also accepted which elaborate on cleaning
including automobiles, windows, dishes, floors, clothing (laundry day),
bathtubs and toilets.
Also "cleaning house" and all of the associations that go
with that: cleaning up problems
in your life, doing an attitude adjustment, out with the old - in with
the new, making a fresh start,
looking at things in a fresh way, getting off drugs, joining AA.
Poems may be previously published
but no previous contest winning poems please.
No author I.D. to be anywhere on the same page as the poem, front or
Include a separate cover page with author name, complete postal mailing
including Apt. # and postal (or zip) code, tel. number, e-mail (if possible)
and poem titles or first lines of poems if no titles.
Contest Deadline: March
Contest Entry Fee:
1 poem for $5 or 3 poems for $10
There is no limit to the number of submissions per poet.
Send submission with payment
by cheque or personal money order to:
The Ontario Poetry Society,
#710 - 65 Spring Garden Ave.,
Toronto, Ont. M2N 6H9
Enclose a #10 s.a.s.e. (self-addressed
stamped envelope) for the winners list
and you will also receive a $1 coupon to be used for a future T.O.P.S.
Contest results will be posted on our website at www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca
Contest Judge is Katherine