The League is excited to announce its first national broadsheet contest, open to all Canadian poets! Judge Sharon Thesen will select a winning poem for publication as a broadsheet designed and printed by Briar Craig on handmade paper. The winner will receive 10 copies of their custom broadsheet, have their poem included in the 2017 Poem in Your Pocket day booklet, and be promoted on the League website. As well, the winning poet will receive a free one-year membership with the League! Deadline: February 1.
We are so excited to be nearing another National Poetry Month already, and April is right around the corner! Each year, the League prepares themed content for NPM, and we encourage others to use this theme for inspiration if they need it! In 2017, we celebrate time: we celebrate your ten-thousand-hour dedication to mastery; we celebrate your drafts, your notes, your failed projects, your future success. We celebrate the journey. To find our official time-themed visual materials, designed by Kate Hargreaves, visit this page! We also provide a limited amount of nationwide funding for time-themed events–find out more here. If you want to get involved with NPM17 but you’re not sure where to start, visit our Get Involved page for popular ways of celebrating poetry!
Our Canada Poetry Tours program, which funds poetry readings all across Canada, is accepting applications from event organizers and hosts between January 15 and February 28, 2017. This program provides full League members with a reading honorarium and travel funding for readings anywhere in Canada! During this application window, we will be funding readings taking place between April 1 and September 30, 2017. Visit poets.ca/funding for application tips, or find detailed guidelines and application forms at poets.ca/cpt.
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