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. The 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:
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.
SUBMISSIONS NOW CLOSED UNTIL AUGUST 2018.
THE WINNERS OF THE 2018 JESSAMY STURSBERG PRIZE WILL BE ANNOUNCED APRIL 9, 2018.
Announcements will be made on our website and our social media, @CanadianPoets. Check back soon!
(view the full announcement and read the winning poems)
FIRST PLACE: Samantha Chen (junior), Alyssa Fu (senior)
SECOND PLACE: Christina Chen (junior), Farah Ghafoor (senior)
THIRD PLACE: Christina Chen (junior), Farah Ghafoor (senior)
ABOUT THE JESSAMY STURSBERG POETRY PRIZE
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.