Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Prize

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The Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Prize for Canadian Youth was established to foster a lifelong relationship between Canadian youth and the literary arts, specifically poetry. The prize is supported through a generous donation from the Stursberg family and other donors in honour of Jessamy Stursberg.

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2017 WINNERS
(view the full announcement)

FIRST PLACE: Samantha Chen (junior), Alyssa Fu (senior)
SECOND PLACE: Christina Chen (junior), Farah Ghafoor (senior)
THIRD PLACE: Christina Chen (junior), Farah Ghafoor (senior)

Check out the winner announcement to read the winning poems, see comments from jurors, and find a short interview with all of the winning poets!

SUBMISSIONS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED. THE 2018 PRIZE WILL OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS IN AUGUST 2017.

The Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Prize accepts submissions from young poets all across Canada, with three prizes awarded in both the Junior (grades 7 to 9) and Senior (grades 10 to 12) categories:

Winner: $400
Second Place: $350
Third Place: $300

All six of the winning poems will also be featured on the League of Canadian Poets’ website. Submissions can be entered by the poet, by a teacher, or by a parent or guardian, but the poem(s) submitted must be original work by the poet.

PAST WINNERS

2017 | 2016 | 2015 (junior/senior)

 

ABOUT THE JESSAMY STURSBERG POETRY PRIZE

Photo: Richard and Jessamy Stursberg
Richard and Jessamy Stursberg

The Jessamy Stursberg Youth Poetry Trust Fund makes this prize possible, and contributes to the sustainability of the Canadian poetry community and our young writers. Stursberg believed, with Christopher Fry, that “Poetry is the language in which man explores his own amazement”. Poetry was-for her-the deepest way of understanding the world. Her keen mind retained impressive amounts of verse, most of which she knew by heart. This gift became a comfort once her eyesight failed.

It is the wish of her family to see Jessamy’s love of poetry carried on by young people. Through this fund, Canadian youth now have access to greater opportunities to grow, as poets, through the love of writing, reading and instruction.