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Our Mission Statement: To provide a poetry-friendly place for everyone.

Membership in TOPS

carries many benefits which include:

Verse Afire our bi-annual newsletter, includes members’ poems,
articles on the craft, contests, markets, member news, chapbook reviews,
event information, plus a whole lot more.
Deadline for the Poems for the January issue is October 31st
and the Deadline for our June issue is March 31st.


TOPS hosts poetry reading events around the province,
contests, poetry anthology projects and lots of opportunities
to meet and get to know more about your fellow poets.


Get to know us
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~ CURRENT EVENTS ~

Go to the Events page for more details

Ellen S. Jaffe Dedication
~ ANTHOLOGIES ~

Sowing Seeds of Gold - A Canadian Poetry Anthology

The EnCompass Anthology Series - Discontinued


~ CURRENT CONTESTS ~
Go to Contest page for more contests

Contest Rule for Prize Winning Poems

Across The Universe Contest - Closes April 30, 2024

The Ultra Short Poem Competition - Closes July 31, 2024

The Long Poem Competition - Closes November 30, 2024

The Entitled Titles Poetry Competition - Closes January 31, 2025

The Ellen S. Jaffe Humanist Award for Poetry - Closes March 15, 2026


~ AWARDS ~
David Brydges - TOPS Poet Emissary
Go to Awards page for more awards


~ COMPLETED CONTESTS / ANTHOLOGIES ~

The $500 Ellen S. Jaffe Humanist Award for Poetry 2024 - Winners

The High Spirits Poetry Contest 2024 - Winners

The Entitled Titles Poetry Competition 2024 - Winners

Translating the Cosmos Poetry Competition 2023 - Winners

The Ultra Short 2023 Contest - Winners

The Spring Peepers Poetry Competition, 2023 - Winners

The World Around Us Chapbook Anthology Contest, 2023 - Winners

Across the Universe Contest, 2023 - Winners

The Provoked-By-Places Contest - Winners

The Ghastly Gruesome Poetry Contest - 2022 - Winners

The Ultra Short Poem Competition - 2022 - Winners

The Members' Only Postage Stamp Contest - 2022 - Winners

The Love Lies Bleeding Contest - 2022 - Winners

The Spring Peepers Poetry Competition - 2022 - Winners

I.B. Iskov Receives Honorary Life Membership in TOPS
Bunny Iskov Wins Rave Award


Platinum Poet Tree Series
Perfect Bound Books by Beret Days Press




The Ontario Poetry Society Mandate
The Ontario Poetry Society was founded to create a democratic organization
for members to unite in camaraderie, friendship, emotional support and
encouragement in all aspects of poetry, including writing, performing and publishing.