National Youth Arts Week (May 1 – 7) Celebrates Emerging Canadian Talent

May 1, 2015, Toronto:  The League of Canadian Poets (LCP) is pleased to announce the winners of the Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Contest for Canadian Youth.  The contest is named in honour of Jessamy Stursberg and “her lifelong love of poetry,” who passed away in 2008; she is the late wife of journalist and author Peter Stursberg. The contest’s categories consist of junior and senior age groups.  Winning poets in each group will be awarded a cash prize of $400 (first place), $350 (second place), and $300 (third place).

Winning poems and youth will be featured on the LCP Blog ( throughout the month of May. All winners will receive Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Contest for Youth certificates and student membership in the LCP for one year.

Senior Category

1st Place: Potential by Mehrin Siddiqi (Milton, ON)

2nd Place: Variations Upon a Myth by Brynn Erickson (Victoria, BC)

3rd Place: Nightmares on the Morning Tide by Alexandra Nesnidalova (Victoria, BC)

Honourble Mentions – Senior Category

Terra Mater by Megan Hunt (Victoria, BC)

Anna by Allie McFarlane (Victoria, BC)

Michigan by Mehrin Siddiqi (Milton, ON)

Jurors: Tanya Evanson, Jim Johnstone, Nan Williamson

Junior Category

1st Place: Flip It by Ghalia Aamer (Edmonton, AB)

2nd Place: How do you write poetry? by Hannah Watson (Sudbury, ON)

3rd Place: Ragnarök by Jay Wieler (Winnipeg, MB)

Honourable mentions – Junior Category

Fear by Steven Allison (Winnipeg, MB)

My Hero, My Heracles by Wen Ying Wu (Vancouver, BC)

Tiny Dancers in the Spring by Michelle Lam (Vancouver, BC)

Jurors: Catherine Hunter, Neil Meili, Naomi Wakan

The League of Canadian Poets celebrates young poets during National Youth Arts Week (May 1 – 7, 2015). National Youth Arts Week provides an opportunity for young people ages 13 to 30 to express and exchange their ideas, showcase their talents, get excited about art and creativity and celebrate their positive contributions to their communities and to Canada. For more information visit:

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Media Contact: Hazel Millar, NPM Publicity and Media Manager, League of Canadian Poets,