National Broadsheet Contest

The League of Canadian Poets introduced the National Broadsheet Contest in 2017 and its popularity has cemented it as an annual League offering! What is a “broadsheet,” you may ask? By definition, a “broadsheet” is a large piece of paper printed with information on one side only. In the world of poetry, a broadsheet is a great format in which to share or showcase one stand-out poem – winning this contest will surely do both!  

Submissions to the League’s 3rd annual National Broadsheet Contest are closed! The winner will be announced on World Poetry Day – March 21, 2019 on our website and social media.

The winner of the 2019 contest will receive ten copies of their poem as a hand-crafted, artisanal broadsheet designed and produced by Briar Craig.  The winning poem will also be included in the 2019 Poem in Your Pocket booklet—distributed internationally in partnership with the Academy of American Poets—and featured on the League website. Finally, the winning poet will receive a free one-year membership with the League PLUS $150 cash! If you’re already a member, you get to skip next year’s dues. If you haven’t joined the League, now is your time – no need to apply or pay!  

Send us the outstanding stand-alone poem you’ve been sitting on; we can’t wait to read it! 

 Submission Guidelines  

  • Poems must be previously unpublished (in print OR online) and no longer than 40 lines.  
  • You may submit one (1) poem per entry fee. 
  • Every submission to the National Broadsheet Contest must be accompanied by a submission fee. Fees are$10 for League members and $15 for non-members. Click the category that applies to you! 
  • You are welcome to submit several times, as long as each submission (1 poem) is accompanied by the appropriate fee.  
  • Eligible to poets residing in Canada. 

Entry fees support the League in our mission to nurture a professional poetic community in Canada. 

The deadline to submit is January 28, 2019.  The deadline has been extended until January 31, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST. The winner will be announced on World Poetry Day – March 21, 2019!  

 To Submit:  

    1. Purchase your entry fee(s) but selecting the appropriate fee.
    2. Send your poem(s) as PDF or .doc attachment(s) to, subject line National Broadsheet Contest. If you are purchasing multiple submissions, please include each poem as its own attachment.Please note that submissions are blind, and poem documents should not contain any identifying information. 
    3. In the body of your email, please include a short bio (100 words or under). If your payment will be coming from a different name than your submission, please let us know in your email or your submission will not be processed.  


Judging this year’s contest is D.A. LockhartD.A. Lockhart is the author of the Gravel Lot that was Montana (Mansfield Press 2018), This City at the Crossroads (Black Moss Press 2017), and Big Medicine Comes to Erie (Black Moss Press 2016). His work has received multiple Pushcart Prize nominations and generous support from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. He is the publisher at Urban Farmhouse Press. Lockhart is a Turtle Clan member of the Moravian of the Thames First Nation and currently resides at Waawiiyaatanong on the south shore of the Detroit River.   

Briar Craig is a printmaking professor at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus.  He has an MFA in printmaking from the University of Alberta.  His recent work focuses on the interplay between imagery and text.  Taking Roland Barthes’ Death of the Author as a starting point he plays with the idea that we are all the authors of the works we see by juxtaposing a number of disparate elements in order to create narrative, interpretive opportunities for the viewer.


 Past Winners

2018 Leah MacLean-Evans, Name Me After a Fish
2017 Doyali Islam, cat and door