National broadsheet contest

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!



Poets must be Canadian citizens (residing anywhere) or permanent residents. Members of the League are eligible for a discounted entry fee! To find out more about membership, visit our membership page.


STEP ONE: Purchase the applicable entry fee below ($15.00 for non-members, $10.00 for members). Please note: you are welcome to submit more than one poem, as long as each poem is accompanied by a separate entry fee. One entry fee covers just one poem.

Please note: The member rate is available only for active members who have paid or begun a payment plan for their 2016/2017 membership dues. If you are unsure which entry fee to purchase, please feel free to contact us at, or check our member directory.

STEP TWO: Prepare a PDF of your poem that contains no identifying information in the document or the file name. Poems must be previously unpublished and under 40 lines in length, including blank lines (eg. between stanzas).

STEP THREE: Submit via email to with the subject line "Broadsheet submission: [Your Name]". In the body of the email, include your name and a short biographical statement. Please also indicate whether you are a member of the League, and that you have paid the entry fee. Include your poem as a PDF attachment.


THANK YOU to Briar Craig and Sharon Thesen for donating their time and talent to this contest, and to League Vice President Sarah de Leeuw for volunteering her time to organize it.