The Ontario Poetry Society Presents
THE SPRING PEEPERS POETRY COMPETITION
Open to Everyone in Canada
First Prize: $100 - Second Prize: $50 - Third Prize: $25
Plus 20 Honourable Mention Awards
All winning poems to receive a fancy certificate, plus:
~ all winning poems to be published in a chapbook
~ all winners will receive one free chapbook
Rules and Guidelines
Blind Judging: No author ID to be anywhere
on the same page as the poem, back or front.
No theme to be added on the poem page. The judge should
be able to discern the theme from the words.
Enclose a cover page with poem title (or first line if no title), plus
author name, address, phone number and e-mail (if possible).
Poems may be previously published, but
no previous contest winners, please.
Poems must include at least one of the following themes:
~ SPRING: e.g., the welcoming of spring, spring rain,
melting snow, saying farewell to winter,
~ ROBINS (the first robin of spring),
OTHER BIRDS (peeping or chirping),
FROGS (i.e., the spring peeper),
OR any other hibernal animals waking up,
~ poems about FARMERS and farming,
~ SPRING PLANTING: crocus and other spring flowers in bloom,
~ increase in HUMAN mobility and interactions,returns to
fair weather employment (seasonal work),
~ ROMANCE gained and/or lost or longed for,
~ SPRING FEVER: the excitement of spring i.e., seeing
the first buds on the tree.
Line widths to have no more than 32 letters (characters) and font must be in Arial, size 12 pt.
Max. length per poem is 36 lines and the stanza breaks count as lines.
Must be in Arial in font size 12 pt., and poems must
not exceed 36 lines. Stanza breaks count as lines.
All poetic styles welcome.
Deadline: May 31, 2023
Contest Fee: $5 for the first poem, additional poems $1 each.
There is no limit to the number of submissions per entrant.
Enclose a #10 s.a.s.e. for winners' list and
receive a FREE $1 coupon for our next contest.
Send entries with payment to:
The Ontario Poetry Society, #710 - 65 Spring Garden Avenue,
Toronto, Ontario M2N 6H9
Additional copies of the chapbook will be available for $10 each (postage included).
Contest Judge is Richard-Yves Sitoski (2022 1st Prize winner)